We are very thankful for those of you who have checked in on us and have been praying for the Children’s Home during this challenging time-we know that it is a challenging time for everyone! With the exception of having nowhere to go and not being able to enjoy our big campus family meals, our jobs are still the same, caring for the 26 children on our campus. I know that many are struggling with anxiety, depression, financial woes from loss of income, isolation, and many other challenges from the virus-all of which are real and relevant. I was reminded recently during an update from a houseparent, that most of our children are still dealing with hard and traumatic things that are not going to go away when the world “gets back to normal.” Their hurts and trauma will still be there for them to have to learn how to maneuver.
One of our young ladies tearfully confided in her houseparent about some of the things she went through before she came here. She disclosed some very sad neglect and abuse that she endured at a very young age. She said that she doesn’t think that what she had been through was normal, or right, but she just wasn’t sure. She also wondered if any of what she went through could be her fault. These are the tough questions that our houseparents have to answer. It’s heart-breaking to know that a child would believe that being mistreated is just “how life is” or that it was their fault. Traumatized children don’t know the “normal” that many of us know. They don’t know parents getting them up and ready for school each day, help with homework, family meals or game nights. It is our privilege to have the opportunity to show them what a family should be.
Regarding other challenges from this virus, we are navigating them just like you! We are putting on our homeschool hats and trying to keep children occupied instead of running back to the pantry or fridge every half hour!
In the last month we have had to quarantine 2 of our resident houses out of precaution, while awaiting COVID 19 test results. Each of the tests came back negative-praise the Lord! We are definitely doing everything we can to protect our residents as many of them come to us malnourished and with very little prior medical care.
Another challenge specific to our children is that we have had to suspend their family visitations. Our children have not been able to visit with their family since February and it is tough for them. We are doing our best to take advantage of FaceTime, when we can, and of course phone calls, but it’s not the same.
We are very thankful that we have a safe and loving home to provide to our residents during this time. We know there are many children out there that are isolated in homes where they are being mistreated and neglected. You may be going stir-crazy, and missing friends and extended family, but be thankful you have a safe home to shelter in, with family that you love.
Blessings to you all,