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September 16, 2013 - 4 comments

Reflections on Being Raised at ZOE

This past year, one of our ZOE children was getting ready to leave ZOE and attend university.  He was in the process of packing up his things and going to his new dorm room.  However, before leaving, he wanted to say goodbye to all the staff, children and missionaries.

As he said his goodbyes, he started to tell Carol Hart, our founder, what ZOE meant to him.  He said, “ZOE has given me a lot of opportunities…. a good education, a place to stay, good food, safe environment.”  This was all very important to him, but in his wildest dreams, he never thought that ZOE could ever give him something that he thought was impossible to have.  He said, “ZOE gave me a mom and dad.”  He began to weep uncontrollably as he said this in front of his ZOE mother and began to hug her.  He never thought as an orphan, he could have a mom and dad.  Today, he still calls these ZOE parents his mom and dad. He regularly keeps in contact with them and even takes the time out to come visit and help around ZOE.

This is one of the key reasons why we have experienced so much success at ZOE, because we have staff who not only consider their duties as a job, but as a lifelong calling.  These children are not merely foster children passing through, but they consider them as their own.

Published by: Lisa Emanuel in Child Trafficking Rescue, Thailand

Comments

gerald tanaka
September 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Hey Zoe! I know him.. (won’t mention his name) he is a wonderful young man, filled with so much energy and excitement to make a difference in the world. He told me all of his hopes, dreams and goals! And even one day coming to the U.S. to visit and work here too! I truly believe him! His story is like so many of the other kids, that have been healed and nurtured at Zoe! Thanks Zoe family!

Shirley Burke
September 17, 2013 at 8:23 am

I love all of you @ ZOE! Thanks for sharing this amazing story! I remember sitting on the floor with this fine young man last December showing him how to make a beautiful tissue paper flowers during a craft elective class! A very valuable life skill to have! LOL!

Cris
October 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

“These children are not merely foster children passing through, but they consider them as their own.” This is worlds apart from normal foster care, this is genuine love.

Cris
October 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

“These children are not merely foster children passing through, but they consider them as their own.”

This is worlds apart from normal foster care, this is genuine love.

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