Children Rescued in Southeast Asia
The following children’s identities are protected:
My family worked for landowners who treated us like slaves. We were used to going without food and receiving all kinds of abuse. It wasn’t until later that we got help from our community leader and support from Christians in my village. Since arriving at the GROW home, my life has changed so much, from a quiet, scared girl to someone who knows how to talk and loves the opportunity to know about Christ, go to school and dreams about a good future for me and my family.
Female. 13 years old. 10th Grade. Future Chef. 4 Siblings. With us since 2011.
Pray for my family in the village, my studies and my health.
Think of a little boy abandoned by his mother, whose father tried to kill him several times when he was 7 years old. That would be me. When my parents divorced, I was left to fend for myself since my dad only lived for gambling and alcohol. Without food, I had to hustle. I saw my dad get into relationships with men, women, and even a ‘lady boy.’ I did many bad things to hurt people and was well known in the red light district, but deep down I just wanted to be normal like other children, go to school, play, and have a family. I found that through Ms. Faa and the people at the GROW home. I have also been able to find strength in Christ to be kind and speak polite words and was reconnected with my parents, even though they have both remarried.
Male. 12 years old. 9th Grade. Future soccer player. No siblings. With us since 2012.
Prayer RequestPray for my mom and dad: good health and to go to church every Sunday.
Male. 8 years old. 1st Grade. Future businessman. 1 sibling. With us since 2015.
Prayer RequestPray that I can learn in school, that I will learn not to be so angry and fight, and that I will stop for my study, begging for money and stealing from others.
Before I was even born, my dad abandoned my mom. Since we were very poor, we had no way to buy food. My mother has mental problems and my grandma is unable to walk or talk well. My mom and my uncle forced me to get involved with drug trafficking from an early age. I endured severe beatings from my uncle many times and during the summer I had to live in a temple like a monk in order to get rice and about $15 USD per month so that my mom and grandma could have some way to buy a little food. I lived that way until my mom went to a pastor and asked him to find a safe place for me to go. He found GROW Now I live in safety. I have enough food, I go to school and I even get some pocket money for me to use every day. Everyone here loves me and takes good care of me. My life is better now and I know I now have hope for the future.
Male. 12 years old. 6th Grade. Future businessman. No siblings. With us since 2015.
Pray that I can learn in school, that I will learn not to be so angry and fight, and that I will stop for my study, begging for money and stealing from others.
My 16-year-old mother tried to induce a miscarriage when she was pregnant with me. God saved me, but I live with a lot of learning disabilities because of the drugs she used. When I came to GROW, I couldn’t even use a spoon. When I started school, I suffered a lot of abuse by the teachers and students. Faa fought on my behalf so that I could have a good and safe education. Even though I am behind in my education, I love to share and smile and do the best that I can. I know I am valuable.
Female. 12 years old. 4th grade. 2 Siblings. with us since 2016.
Pray that I can learn in school and be a leader on and off campus.