The kids at Hope Children’s Orphanage in Myanmar are doing well! They are back in school for the school year and they are enjoying life with their orphanage parents, Salai and his wife.
The kids get to help around the orphanage house they rent, doing chores each day and helping with a deep clean each week.
The orphanage family prays together daily, and often they’ll have dedicated times for worship and prayer as a group. What a blessing that these orphanage kids who might otherwise have had no opportunity to hear the gospel, are now able to learn what it’s like to be a child of the King.
One thing Salai, his wife, and the orphanage kids pray for is that God would provide the resources for them to build an orphanage house of their own.
God has already provided the funding for the family to purchase land to build on, so now they are anxiously awaiting His timing and provision for the rest.
Here are three reasons why it would be beneficial for the orphanage family to own their house instead of renting one:
1. No Rent = More Money for School
Rent is expensive when you live on very little. Rent is more than 25% of the orphanage’s expenses right now. If they didn’t have to pay rent month after month, they could afford to send more kids to a better school. Right now, three out of eight kids attend the tuition-paid school, which we praise God for. But the orphanage family is praying that God would provide the means to send all of them to the tuition-paid school one day soon.
Right now, three out of eight kids attend the tuition-paid school, which we praise God for. But the orphanage family is praying that God would provide the means to send all of them to the tuition-paid school one day soon.
2. Freedom to Host Church and Prayer Meetings
Right now the home the orphanage rents is owned by a Buddhists. In fact, most of the land in Myanmar is owned by Buddhists since the country is a Buddhist-majority nation.
Because of this, the landlords are often unhappy when they find out that Salai and his wife are hosting prayer meetings or church services in their home. Someday the landlords may even ban it altogether. Let’s pray that God provides a permanent home for the orphanage before then and that God would continue to grant the orphanage protection from any persecution.
3. Comfort for a Stable Living Situation
Because Buddhists do own most of the land in Myanmar, Salai and the orphanage have experienced a number of difficult situations with their landlords in the past. Often, once the landlords find out that the family living in their home is Christian, they will terminate the contract and force the orphanage family to leave the home immediately.
The orphanage house today is just the latest of several they’ve lived in over the years. Let’s pray with Salai, his wife, and the orphanage kids that God would provide them a house of their own where they have freedom to worship God in safety.