The ministry of Restoring Hope Village reaches beyond the walls of the property and into the community. #7 is a nearby squatter camp that contains around 50 shacks. We have been ministering to these people, especially the children since arriving in 2006. Two of the boys, Sabanka and Doompy often come to play at The Village with the children, especially when school is on break. They also help with small jobs around the property when the are visiting. If they come to visit it is usually for the entire day. It is heartbreaking to know that these boys stay away from their home all day and no one is concerned for their whereabouts. Occasionally we see them roaming around town.
Sabanka and Doompy have been coming to church with us on a regular basis and we praise the Lord for this. We've known Sabanka the longest so he has heard the Bible stories many times and has been exposed to The Word more than Doompy. After church we give them lunch before they head out.
Doompy showed up for church on Christmas Day and then spent the rest of the day with us. He enjoyed lunch and the flurry of activities that day. Before school started in January, we gave them each a new school bag with school supplies. We know that their grannies won't give them money for such items.
Please keep Sabanka and Doompy in your prayers that they may soon come to know Jesus as their Savior.