Today, it hit me.
Our boys face danger and violence.
This week we learned that one of our boys had been beaten up. We have heard various versions of the story. All versions include a knife and the threat that this boy will be killed. And some versions involve our very own boys smoking marijuana and possibly other drugs.
After we left the community, I sobbed. Right there in the car. You know, those gut wrenching sobs that make you shake when you try to breathe in? Yea, that kind.
I cried for our boys. I cried over the bruises and swelling that surrounds my precious boy’s eyes. I cried over the reality that is their lives. It just doesn’t seem fair. They come to the project where they are fed, hear the Gospel, and spend their time in a nice space with lots of toys and games. But what they go home to. Oh, what they go home to.
So many of them are desperately trying to blaze their way into a better future, but the elements that surround them on a daily basis get the best of them. I mean, survival of the fittest, right? If you can’t beat em, join em? We tell them to stay away from bad influences. We tell them about Jesus, his love for them and how much he longs for them to know him intimately. But, there are some who just can’t resist the influences that drag them down.
Today I felt the urgency stronger than ever for a permanent home. If we could just scoop that child up and take him to a place where he is safe. But we can’t. Because we don’t have that place.
I promise I didn’t mean to go here in this blog. But it does seem a perfect segway into telling you that we are actively looking for property to build a permanent facility. This facility will not replace our “Peter Project”, but will work in tandem with it. I’m thinking we’ll call it “Peter House”.
Would you like to be involved in the purchasing and building of this permanent home? If so, all you need in order to give is on the sidebar of this blog.
I thought to post some images of the properties we are looking at. But you don’t care about that. What you care about are our boys. So, I’ll post some new photos I have taken recently.