Girls in jail...
Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
12Trip End Dec 19, 2009
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Then it was time to split the team with Mimi, Lizzie and Sophia going to prison for the afternoon! A team from Tedy's church had organised a party for some of the children whose dad’s are in Sofia prison. These dad’s are part of a reform group and we gladly gave some boxes so that these guys would have something to give their children at the party. The event was sensitively organised so that before the dad’s were allowed in to see their families they were given boxes with their children’s names marked on them so that as they were reunited with their loved ones they could present their families with the gifts, restoring a little self respect for guys who have hit rock bottom and in many cases have years to serve on their sentences. This was a really touching time; to see these guys with their kids and for them to be able to give them gifts was really special.
Tedy, Vallya and Rich braved the traffic for yet another run to the warehouse and then a vist to Gorna Baniya orphanage to distribute to the children living there
After this the last visit of the day was to Jack Louwe of the Lora Foundation . Lora have been working in Bulgaria for many years. Jack and his wife Elsabe have an amazing story and I urge you to check it out for yourselves at www.lorafoundation.co.za. Prepare to be stunned. We have supplied gifts for the orphanages that Lora have been supporting for the last few years and it is always good to catch up with them each Christmas. Please pray for Jack, Elsabe and Lora who have had a genuinely traumatic year with serious illness and criminal attacks to contend with. They need your prayerful support especially with a court case coming up which will be very hard for the whole family to face as Lora’s attackers are brought to face trial.
We know that our God is good but sometimes we all ask, "Why is this allowed to happen?" "How can God say He is love when there is so much suffering in the world?"The truth is all the suffering that we see in Bulgaria or anywhere else is caused by mankind’s unlimited capacity to cause hurt and pain
Not guys in prison.
Not women carrying the burden of large families in dysfunctional Roma communities.
Not young children left by their families in orphanages because of disabilities the state claims are untreatable.
Not young girls working the streets and suffering the degradations of life as a prostitute.
Not the refugee trapped in a system that doesn’t care.
Not the young orphanage leaver abandoned by the state and thrown out of the only family they have known.
Not the kid on the street running drugs for criminals who consider them expendable.
Not the girls taken off the streets and trafficked across Europe to be sold into slavery in London, Berlin or Paris.