I wish I had my mother or father with me, Nandi thought, weeping in the corner of the room. They would have never allowed anybody to beat me like that.
Nandi had never known his real parents. His adoptive parents treated him like a servant, forcing him to do all the household chores and beating him if he failed to meet their expectations. If he called them mother and father, they got angry.
“You are not our child,” they’d say.
Boy Experiences Parental Love
For Nandi, entering a children’s home was more difficult. During the first few days there, the new faces and the structured lifestyle overwhelmed him, and he broke down in tears. But the staff members comforted him.
“Don’t worry, because we are here like your mother and father,” they told him.
At the time, Nandi couldn’t move much because he was still recovering from his operation, so the women at the home brought him food and medicine.
“If I went through any physical problem, any sickness or any inconvenience, these sisters would come and ask me how they could help me,” Nandi remembers. “Even at night when I was not able to sleep, these sisters used to stay with me.”
The staff’s genuine concern touched Nandi’s heart.
Maybe a mother or father would do the same things these sisters are doing, he thought.
“The thing that makes me happy the most is that I know Jesus loves us,” she says. “I want people to know Jesus loves each one of them, no matter who they are or what background they are from.”
At GFA World’s children’s homes, God is restoring many children’s lives through the love of staff members who treat them as a mother treats her children. Best of all, these boys and girls are coming to know the love of their Father in heaven.
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