For the last, I am not real sure, but I think about four months, anywhere from 100-170 kids have been coming to my house for lunch once a week. About two weeks ago some, hmmm…. we will call them men in uniform, came to the hospital and said the lunches have to stop. If they aren’t stopped, the hospital will be closed down. So, the lunches have been cancelled. I have been told the reason is that there is a law that says something along the lines of no individual can help another without approval from big brother. (One example of this, is that you cannot give a beggar money, but you have to “drop” it on the ground and then they can “find” it.) This approval takes about 3 months. To start an NGO takes a minimum of 10 months.
My two years here ends in September of this year. I have gotten approval to extend my contract through the end of the year to decide if I am going to stay on longer. Honestly, these last two months have been extremely difficult for me on so many levels. All that being said, I cannot continue with the street kids ministry at this time. Since I do not know if I will be staying, I am not going to attempt to get approval for a project unless I decide to stay.
Thank you all for you financial support and prayers. Please keep all these kids in your prayers.