South Asian children
South Asia is a region with all kinds of injustices and unfortunately it’s the nation’s children which are often most impacted. Low value for human life and an economic system that supports forced child labour perpetuates this cycle of injustice. This is further aggravated by a lack of family planning and poor education. Poor hygiene standards and a lack of access to medical care leads to high infant mortality rates and infanticides are still widely practiced.
The goal of Empart’s children’s homes is to bring children into an awareness of their God-given value, to experience his love, and to believe that he has a good plan for their life. Children are given the opportunity to ’be a kid’ again, and are encouraged to imagine a bright future. Many church planters and their wives welcome such children into their family and homes where they can then live safely and be given the time and attention they deserve.
A major advantage of these homes is that they fit well with the lifestyle of a typical south Asian family. Children are allowed to grow and develop naturally in an environment which is not only culturally appropriate, but that holds biblical values and is spiritually alive.
- To provide for the housing and care of disadvantaged children
- To provide a stable family life that is full of love and affection
- To support emotional development and grow self-esteem
- To facilitate quality education and encourage social development
- To encourage spiritual development by attending a local church
As a pastoral couple, foster parents ensure the spiritual and emotional development of each child. They are an example of faith through the life and love they provide. Many children are from a non-christian background and will hear of Jesus for the first time through their foster parents. All of these children get the opportunity to hear stories from the Bible and to know Jesus personally.
Since the home of the foster parents is usually located in the same building as the church premises, children benefit from a wider circle of caring people who encourage and help them to gain confidence. They grow up in not just an immediate family, but an entire community that assures them of a God who loves them and has prepared a good future for them.
- For the children :
Children’s lives are transformed by the godly environment in which they are brought up. This transformation has a flow on effect in each child’s friendship circle and school environment.
- For the families :
Some children still have parents or relatives which either cannot or will not care for them. The support and love shown to these children often causes these relatives to experience and become aware of God’s love themselves.
- For the local population: :
Children’s homes are an amazing witness to the local community as they demonstrate Christ like love in a practical way. People become more receptive to the gospel as a result of programmes such as these.
- For the nation :
In South Asia, millions of children are rejected and abandoned. Children’s homes bring hope to one child at a time. The more homes we can open then the bigger impact we can have. This is the kind of activity which builds a nation.