The Children’s Home: A Cambodian Village in Lubbock, Texas
My family just got back from Cambodia a couple of weeks ago. What a life-changing, mind-altering experience it was. I wish I could describe it completely, but no amount of words could ever do it justice. We saw many sights we could have never seen in our home country, both the beautiful and the strange. But we also came into contact with the worst poverty we had ever seen. We were there to share the love of Jesus and there was no lack of opportunity.
During our time there, while in village near the capital city, we went to the home of six orphans whose parents died recently. The orphans range from five- to sixteen-years-old. There are no social programs to help them and no one in their very impoverished neighborhood who can take any of them in, though neighbors have come together to provide as much care a possible. But the entire neighborhood is in a state worse than any we have seen in the U.S. A young church now has become aware of the situation. They have stepped in to care for the children by making it possible for the older children to care for their siblings through generous help and monthly sponsorship for all basic needs. This is an incredible blessing in the desperate time the sibling group faces, and the Christian message being sent to the area through this love and care will go a very long way in a very non-Christian culture.
Now I have returned to my work at The Children’s Home of Lubbock. I am reminded of how many sibling groups we give a home each year—up to seven kids at a time. Even family members who have great love and desire find it difficult to make room for five, six, or even seven children after a devastating event. But The Children’s Home continues to make room in every possible way—taking those sibling groups in that would otherwise be separated. Through Jesus, we provide love, care, and hope—and just like for the kids in Cambodia, a village is provided that can offer love and community on a daily basis. What a gift we have to provide for the less fortunate—and what a responsibility. With your help, we continue to meet the need.
-- Eric Robinson, Gift Officer, The Children's Home of Lubbock