A boy was drowning. Struggling to keep his head above water and although he was screaming for help…
20 child protection organizations said “No.”
They feared that if they tried to help, he might just pull them under also.
You see, this boy had seen too much.
He watched his father die at the hands of one of his father’s good friends. His mother fled and this boy was left alone. In that single moment, his life was stripped of everything precious to him. He had nowhere to go & nowhere to find answers. He had no one watching out for him and he slipped into the wrong hands.
He was soon used by drug dealers, corrupt officials and anyone else who needed a pawn for their illegal transactions. When our child protection network found out about this boy, he was not only wounded, he was wanted by all the people he could expose.
The waters engulfing him were pain, anger, confusion and a deep sense of loss. His distrust of others and need of acceptance were leading him quickly down a path of self-destruction and he was only 14.
He not only needed protection, he needed someone who could see through his walls, who would choose to love him in his brokenness.
Daniel, our National Director, became that person and Compasio said “Yes”.
Daniel saw the good in him. The hope. The potential.
At first, there was a lot of resistance. Pushing the boundaries and testing this “love” we wanted to show him. He didn’t believe it and he knew if he could fight hard enough and show us who he really is, we’d eventually reject him. We’d abuse him or put him on the street like everyone else had.
We loved harder.
Rules had to be strict but our love was deep and intentional. It took patience and a lot of prayer but after the first year, we began to see the impact. He began seeing Daniel almost like a father figure and he started letting his walls down. He began to feel again and open up. He’s not the same numb, lifeless boy we first met two years ago and we know this is just the beginning.
There are so many like him who need someone to reach out and say “Yes!” Help us be that someone.