“For all the information I have been given, I am responsible… I am honored to have stepped into the children’s story of healing. They are not what has been done to them. They are not what they were forced to do. They are beautiful, dreaming children in the hands of a redemptive God.
What is greater than their stories of pain? Their stories of survival, forgiveness, and strength. One thing I know: the power seen in the children’s ability to forgive and to dream is stronger than the force of evil that stole their innocence.”
from The Color of Grace by Bethany Haley Williams, Exile’s Founder & CEO
Bella is the youngest of 10 children. When rebels attacked, Bella’s whole village had to flee to the bush for safety. Later, they were able to relocate to a displacement camp, but life was very difficult there.
While in the displacement camp, Bella’s mother became gravely ill and passed away. Soon after, Bella’s father was also lost to the war. She was only four years old.
Eventually, a kind neighbor connected Bella and her siblings to Exile International’s Peace Lives Trauma Healing Center in Congo.
Through love, care, and affection, our local staff began to see a change in Bella. She went from being angry and violent most of the time, to a happy and playful little girl that enjoys spending time with others. Exile International gave her a sense of belonging and a family that surrounded her with a lot of love, joy, and laughter. Bella loves to draw, color, and read the bible. Her favorite story of the Bible is Joseph’s story.
Come back next week for another story of one of the orphaned children EI serves!
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Orphan Care Awareness Month
We are a people called to defend the fatherless, to literally visit and care for orphaned children in their distress. Each November, Christians gather to take an intentional stand for orphaned children. Thousands of events take place all across America with the specific goal of living out God’s father heart here on earth.
Orphan Care Awareness Month is your opportunity to rouse your church, community, family, and friends to respond to God’s call to care for orphaned children.