A couple of friends were walking to work in Myanmar. They had decided to take a different path along the railroad track that day because they started late. They were engaged in their usual early morning banter when a puzzling sound surfaced. It wasn’t a cry. It was more like a heavy wheezing. As they came around the bend in the road, they saw a small shape on the ground between a couple of railway ties. They quickly determined it was a child. Dirty and covered with insect bites, a little boy was clinging to life.
The friends took turns carrying him as they made their way to the neighborhood clinic. As they entered the clinic, the wheezing stopped. They handed the little boy to a nurse, fearing it was too late to save him. The friends went to work wondering how the little boy got to the railroad track.
They shared their morning’s experience with their co-workers and learned a sad truth about poverty in their country. They learned that sometimes parents leave their children on railroad tracks in hopes that their son or daughter would be killed quickly rather than experience the slow death of starvation from a lack of food.
The next day, the friends stopped by the clinic to ask about the little boy. They were surprised to learn he was alive. A few days later, the little boy was taken by a director of one of the Christian orphanages that are supported by Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown. She had been contacted by a clinic staff member who knew about the good reputation of the orphanage, and knew it was the little boy’s only chance at long-term survival.
Through a combination of Christian-based nurturing and the food supplied by the BGCT World Hunger Fund, the little boy, Samuel, continues to improve. Samuel is one of 17 orphans in this particular home.
Though, one of our primary goals is to share and have them accept the wonderful news of Jesus, we must first meet their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Through the generosity of the BGCT, Samuel and many other orphans are fortunate to have enough to eat each day. More importantly, as he matures within a Christian environment, he will better understand the love behind the meals, the caring behind the giving and the purpose behind the saved life of a little boy discovered on a railroad track.
Please accept our heartfelt appreciation for the funds you graciously provide that are used to fill their bowls with rice while strengthening their desire to serve Jesus.