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God’s Provision and Difficult Children
Recently, we have often experienced the Lord’s help. We are grateful that a group leader who left us last year will take up her work with the children again. She returned to Riberalta 100 kilometers (62 mi.) from her home. Pastor Jorge Alex has a blessed ministry among us. He leads a group of children in gardening, and helps also with the teachers’ devotions and visits the parents of difficult children. He has a particular gift for reaching people.
In the school and boarding school there are a lot of younger and quite difficult children. One of the main characteristics is that many of them come from divorced marriages, and they have the corresponding troublesome experiences to deal with. Through this they are rebellious, restless, timid, and have attention problems in the group. Another problem that we became aware of recently has its origin in watching and reenacting certain scenes from TV shows. These “games” have their names and have even led to injuries in the genital area, which one boy inflicted on another. Another boy broke his collar bone, and secret games take place among the children regularly. Instruction and supervision are necessary.
In recent months we have been visited by more and more young people who want to take part in short ventures with us. These trainees are well spoken in Spanish and enjoy working with children. From Gifhorn, a town in Germany, two young women were here who visited different missionary stations and spent two weeks with us in the boarding school and half days in the school. The teachers with their large classes were grateful to have the two helpers. The two sisters won the hearts of the children surprisingly quickly, and received gifts when they left. Their task had been to help particularly difficult children with learning disabilities (ABCs, reading and care of their teeth).
Unfortunately, there are children in the third class who should be in the first, and for systematic reasons (the government) cannot be transferred. Others are physically or mentally retarded and need personal support.