It is so hard to gather my thoughts from these past few days. I am feeling distracted by everything I've seen and overwhelmed with thoughts of how I can make a difference here. Right now I know that my role is to document, to tell the stories that I see through photographs. But it is hard, it is hard to see these precious faces and know that they are at this home because of abuse and neglect. Some of the stories I've heard make me so mad. A girl who wears the pink floppy hat, Tracy, her mom would burn her head and scrape it till it would bleed and then use her to beg - her mom, reeking of alcohol, still begs in town. A newborn found in a cornfield, being eaten by ants. A young boy named Bafo neglected by his parents, torn away from his sister and left to fend for himself. It just goes on and on, each one has a name and a story. God has redeemed and is in the process of restoring them. Please pray for In Step and the 118 children that they are caring for. If you would like to sponsor one of these precious hearts or support the ministry, please visit here.
The older boys were doing their Saturday morning chores when we arrived. This group was shelling beans. They were definitely distracted by the camera, but quickly went right back to work because their "auntie" was overseeing.