Archive for May, 2012

Music Lessons

Posted: May 25, 2012 in Interns, Safe Home

Since the first night I spent here, one of the most tangible and incredible ways I have felt God move is through worship at the children’s home. The presence of the Holy Spirit floods in through the voices of the kids and it never ceases to amaze me. These kids have such an anointing over them. There is so much talent here, not just in music but also in so many other ways!

Just over two months ago I started teaching music lessons to the boys. During our time so far they have improved so much and have been the best students I could ask for. Just the other day, we were blessed with a new music teacher who will take over guitar and piano lessons while I focus on teaching drums. The kids are so excited to be learning their instruments. They have been picking up each other’s instruments, teaching each other what they’ve learned, and willingly practicing on their own time. They have been learning so fast and show great motivation. They are so sweet, appreciative, and always excited to start playing! They have started bringing different worship songs for me to teach them. I think in the near future if they so desire, they will be able to start playing together as a group, learning how to worship God in song and lead others into worship.

One of the older girls in our home, who started playing guitar long before I came around, is getting better and better by the minute and loves to play music in her spare time. She has already begun to occasionally lead worship with one of the house fathers, and she is doing an incredible job. It is so inspiring to me the way she sings, prays and loves Jesus in all that she does!

We are now practicing music in a brand new music room on the land! The kids love their band room and we get to make all the noise we want! We still have a few things to do to the room in order to get fully in order, but it is already such a blessing and we are definitely enjoying it.

-Jade

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Garage Sale

Posted: May 24, 2012 in Events

Rescued: Kaleem and Abdul

Posted: May 16, 2012 in Rescues, Safe Home

I received a phone call at midnight.

“They are beating me! They are beating me!”

“Who is beating you?”

Kaleem screamed through his tears, “The owners, they are beating me!”

“Where are you?”

“Bangkok but I don’t know where. I just ran away. Teacher, come and get me please! I want to go home! They beat me here”.

By this time I realized that on the other end of the phone was Kaleem, an 11-year-old street boy. Six weeks before, he memorized my phone number when we rescued his 8-year-old niece. They were child beggars who never had a chance to go to school but were forced to beg on the streets or dig in the trash for recyclables to sell. Kaleem called me every week begging me to take him, but since we didn’t have a boys’ facility yet, we had nowhere to bring him. After a month he stopped calling. Suspicious, I asked around about him and was told, “He was sold down to Bangkok.”

Kaleem and his eight-year-old brother were both sold for 1,500 baht each (roughly $50 USD). Out of their monthly earnings their mother would receive another 1,500 baht. The boys were forced to sell 70 rings of flowers in the brothels and bars from 9pm until 3am every morning. These young boys, along with other trafficked children, had to go out barefoot and sell to drunk, lustful customers. If they didn’t meet their quota of flowers, they would be beaten severely. They were served one hand scoop of rice a day and were blindfolded coming and going at night so they didn’t know where they were and would be too afraid to run away.

We caught the next flight to Bangkok and through a series of miraculous events, rescued Kaleem, his brother Abdul, another boy, and a 10-year-old girl who was being prepped for the sex trade, through the initiation of child labor. These children are now safe and secure. Kaleem and Abdul are going through intense summer school and language training, as they are about to enter their first ever year of school. They are no longer child slaves, but are now enjoying playing soccer, learning guitar and English, like normal children.

The children’s house before they were sold or rescued

The family together on their first day of school.