Jonathan and I hope to use the skills and gifts God has given use to help others. At Happy Home, Jonathan will be able to teach the children some computer skills while I will teach the teachers and staff skills to encourage and grow the communication of the children with speech and language impairments. We also will be working the grounds, feeding the kids twice a day, encouraging them with their chores, helping get them ready for school, playing sports and games with them, all while giving the family some much needed respite. We hope that this will be a learning and growing experience for us as well so that we can come home and share the gospel more boldly with our Hillsboro community.
We're going to a place called Happy Home for the Handicapped. A place for the orphan, the disabled, and the discarded children of Shimoga, India.
Many children born with disabilities such as downs syndrome, cerebral palsy, blindness, are simply cast out from their homes and families from shame, poverty, and a lack of knowledge in how to properly care for and nurture them. When families are able to keep these children, they are often locked up or tied up for 12 or more hours each day while both parents work to keep them safe and from running away. These children find the love of Jesus at Happy Home where they are loved, fed, given physical therapy, speech therapy, and the kind of family that sees beyond the broken flesh. While not all children at Happy Home are handicapped, many others come to receive the same love and care when families are no longer able to provide for them.
Taking care of the 80-100 children at Happy Home is a 24/7 commitment of love that is run by Roshan, Rose, Irene, and a few aunties. The work is rich, yet exhausting. We hope to provide respite for these hard workers.
In a country filled with Hinduism and idolatry, all of the children at Happy Home learn about Jesus and the Scriptures. They study daily, they pray, they share their stories, and they change you.