Philippine Travel Log: New Children at Shekinah

The day before we left Shekinah Home to take John to Manila, and ultimately to the United States, the home took in four new children – a sibling group.  I don’t know any of their names, and I wouldn’t publish them in this forum even if I did.  For the sake of reference, we’ll call them Peter (age 8), Susan (age 6), Lucy (age 3), and Edmond (3 months).  They’re not in the same order as in the Chronicles of Narnia, so it may be confusing to those close to that story, but we’ll run with it.

Brian Whittle expressed concern before the children arrived that they might be in pretty bad shape.  He told us how their father(s) was/were long gone, and mom’s current boyfriend was pretty much known to be abusing the children.  For instance, at least Susan had been sexually abused.

When the children arrived, his fears were confirmed.  Lucy and Edmond had boils, burns and scars on their feet.  They had clearly been tortured.  All four children were malnourished, but Lucy was the worst.  She could not stand up without assistance (I think she was about 3), and her legs were bowed and visibly atrophied.  The younger children were coughing a lot too.  And none of the children would talk to anyone other than each other.

It was heart-wrenching to see them cowering away from the group, but then when left alone, they’d play together (with no toys) and whisper and giggle.  It was obvious both that they loved each other and that “each other” was pretty much all they had.

Within hours of their arrival, Brian stopped by our cottage to let us know that they were taking the youngest two to the local hospital.  They were concerned because both appeared weak and more malnourished than they were comfortable treating directly.

When we got home, we received a prayer request by email.  Brian informed us that in fact Lucy has meningitis – which was the reason she was so weak.

Please pray for these children, and for Shekinah Home, which gives them hope, a chance at life, and lifts them out of a very dark place.

I published this entry to make clear that good and evil are real, and that innocent children like these get caught in the middle of it.  How hard is it for this sibling group to be adopted together (FOUR children)!?  How much emotional and psychological damage has been done to these poor kids (torture and sexual abuse)!?  How sad is it that Lucy may not even live, given the serious of her physical condition (all of which could have been avoided with just a little love, even in the midst of radical poverty)?!

I was told in the process of our adopting John that there are 200 million children in the world who live on the streets.  I can’t imagine how many more are orphans.  It’s a God-sized task to care for them.  No wonder Jesus commanded us to pay special attention to widows and orphans and the most defenseless among us.  These four kids were them.  Thank God that He’s brought them to Shekinah.  Pray that they can stay (that’s not a given yet), and that He restores their souls.

America, bless God!

About Jeff Block

Lover and follower of Jesus, the long awaited King. Husband and father. Writer and seminary student. On a long, difficult, joyful adventure, learning to swim with the current of God's sovereign love and walk with Him in the garden in the cool of the day.
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