During our time of evangelism for Extreme, I was most impacted at the INFA orphanage. For those of you who know me well, know that I have a huge heart for orphans and abandoned kids. While I was at A&M I worked and lived at a children's home, Still Creek Ranch. Every time I go to an orphanage or talk with kids who have major family problems, my heart immediately gets involved because I was so close to the kids at Still Creek. I had an inside view of the hurt and pain a child feels from being abandoned.
The INFA Orphanage we visited is government run and very understaffed. We saw dozens upon dozens of kids, and very few workers. We did a children's service, played games and loved on the kids that were old enough to be there.
What really broke my heart there was going into the baby ward. There were about 8 rows of cribs with probably 5 cribs in each row. In a couple cribs I saw, there was more than one baby. These kids were STARVED for attention. The looked longingly at everyone who passed them, and those who were fortunate enough to be walking on the ground thew themselves onto anyone they could find. I sat down to hold an autistic boys hand, and this little boy plopped himself right on my lap. When it was time to go he cried and cried, and grabbed out onto my leg so that I wouldn't leave. It broke my heart.
A little boy, probably a year an half, jumped into my friend Nheylin's arms. When it was time to go, she gently placed him on the ground, and he fell back and cracked his head on the concrete. He burst into tears, and Nhelyin quickly picked him up, embarrassed that she dropped this little kid. She waited until he stopped crying before gently placing him on the ground again. And once again, he fell back and cracked his head. I realized that this was a learned behavior to get attention, to be loved.
There are so many promises in the Bible, that God will provide for orphans. When I witness scenes like what I saw at INFA, I just have to trust God and that ALL of his promises are true. If he said he'll take care these little babies, He is faithful to do it.