Pastor Alvin’s ministry is build on a relationship between giver and receiver, and he knows most of the youth on the street and they know him; personally. This serves as a reminder to those of us who regularly donate money to charity, but lack personal relationship with the people we are willing to serve. Receiving a needed bowl of food from a dear friend, or from a big robotic organisation, is not the same thing. Loving your neighbour is more than just distant acts of charity.
The reason we went through all of this and bringing the Emmanuel youth to the streets, is that we want to show them how reality is on the outside, and what sort of consequences might come, if they are not serious about managing their life well, when they will one day leave the comfort and safety of orphanage Emmanuel.
The trip definitely made an impact on the youth, and during our evaluation with the youth, one had the comment: “If I hadn’t gotten to Emmanuel, I would have been out there on the streets with the rest of them, or somewhere worse.”
- We wish to build leaders to change the society.