This pretty gal is Gung (pronounced koong). If you receive Baan Immanuel’s newsletter, you should recognize her from this month. Her and her 3 older brothers are all new to Baan Immanuel; they’ve been here for a couple months.
Mulch and I fell in love with all the little girls here at Baan Immanuel. They are so fun and silly and need a lot of love. We spent most of of our afternoons playing weird games we didn’t understand with them, but it was all worth it to hear their giggles as we fumbled around 🙂
Gung was the most reserved out of all the girls. She is so shy! Mulch and I would work at getting her to come out of her shell, and occasionally she’d emerge and giggle and play tag like the rest of the girls. Most of the time she’d sit on the side and watch, so it was a feat to get her to play.
Her papa was killed in a drug deal gone bad about a year ago. Her mama died from a drug overdose only 6 or 7 months ago. Regardless of the fact she was a drug addict, I’m sure she loved her boys and especially her little girl. Gung carries a sadness around with her; you can see it in her eyes. At such a young age she understands the sting of death more than most of us do.
This morning we said goodbye to the kids at breakfast. One by one the little girls would bolt from a hiding place and give us little gifts. We probably got 20 from just 6 kids! They had carefully drawn pictures of all of us playing, folded little envelopes and one even folded up a juice box as a gift! Little Gung shyly came over to me and handed me a card. I thanked her, gave her a hug and blew her a kiss.
I asked Ron what the card said, and he told me it said “Happy Mother’s Day” on the outside. She had carefully decorated the card with flowers, and wrote herself to “have a day full of blessing” and “happy mothers day” and signed her name. We both almost started to cry. She probably had to make this card in school, and it was the first year she had no mama to give it to. So she decided to give it to me this morning. She by no means sees me as her mom, I’m sure, but this shows her sweet little heart. She carefully made this card even with no mom, and I’m sure it meant a lot to her. I’m so thankful that she gave it to me.
Please, please please pray for Nong Gung’s transition here at Baan Immanuel. Pray that she would see how loved she is by everyone here, that the other girls would make an effort to include her and love her, and more importantly that the love of Jesus would overwhelm her and she would see she has been chosen to be adopted into the family of God. Jesus loves her so much; pray that she would experience the love He has for her. Pray that she would be able to say confidently “even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.” (Psalm 27:10)
Love you guys,