Most of these health issues are things that would never happen if the boys were living at home with their families and not on the streets. Boys who run around the streets begging at stop lights, sometimes get hit by cars. Boys who steal for a living get beaten up when they are caught. Boys who dig through trash dumpsters without proper shoes, get injured by sharp objects. Boys who live in an abandoned church with no running water, develop infections from contaminated water. And maybe one of the harshest realities of street life: boys who don't practice safe sex in a city where 12% of the population is HIV+, test positive.
But God has placed Masana in the middle of this city to serve as a safe haven for these boys. When no one else seems to care about them...we care. When they ring the door bell at 2 o'clock in the morning, we will crawl out of bed to help them. We will spend hours in hospital waiting rooms making sure they get the medical care they need. We'll walk to the local pharmacy as often as needed to buy medicine for them. And through all of the suffering that the boys endure, we will not stop praying that God use it to transform their lives....that this illness or this injury will finally be the tipping point that sends these boys back to their families. We will find hope in the suffering.