Agape Fish Fund partners with Adonai Child Rehabilitation, a Christian faith-based ministry in Kalaymyo, Burma that was established in May 2016. This ministry creates a place of rehabilitation for children and teenagers from various backgrounds like orphans, unwanted children, street children, and poor children.
She grew up without a mother’s love. Now she’s a mother to 11 orphans.
This is the heart-warming story of how God has enabled a motherless woman to care for motherless children.
My Background: Motherless at Age 4
My name is Mrs. Ngun Za Thluai. I was born in 1986 into a pastor's family. There were 7 of us siblings, two boys and five girls.
When I was 4 years old, my mother passed away. I grew up without a mother’s love in my life.
I was born again in the Lord in 2000. By God’s grace I got my B.S. degree in 2006, and I married Rev. Thang right after graduation.
It was my prayer to serve the Lord among orphans. I asked the Lord to serve Him by caring and looking after orphans, street children, and children who were abandoned by their parents. The Lord opened a way for me to serve orphans in May 2016, when Rev. Thang and I started the Adonai Child Rehabilitation orphanage.
Being a Mother to the Orphans
James 1:27 says, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." I feel joy when I personally mingle with the orphans, living together and eating together. Even their silence speaks to me a lot and grows my heart of sympathy and love towards them.
Sometimes it is not easy to take care of all their orphans and their needs. But the word of God always reminds me and strengthens me. I know God is with these little orphans. I know God is an invisible God, but He’s manifested in these lowly and underprivileged orphans.
Jesus said in Matthew 25:35-40, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes, and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you visited me…Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." These scripture verses give me a clear understanding of what I am doing. My desire and vision is to help the orphans in any possible way: teaching, guiding, helping, building them up, comforting them, leading them to maturity, and giving them a hope for their future stability.
How I Show Love to the Orphans
Since the orphans have never felt love, they do not understand what parental love is. Therefore I ask the Lord to enable me to show love and care to the orphans. And the Lord does that. Every day I check the orphans one by one, whether they are sick or not, whether they are hungry or not, whether they are happy or not. Every day I give them my smiling face. I try my best to show love and care to them. I talk with them, I sing with them, I dance with them. I try to be their friend also so that they can be free from fear or anxiety. I never speak any negative words. Instead, I speak only positive words, gently with love, in a way that will encourage. I try every possible way so that they can forget their past lives. I create a warm family atmosphere every day.
I Feel Joy When They Call Me Nu Nu
I thank God and feel joy when they call me Nu Nu (mother). Nu Nu is a sweet sound for mother. I feel as if I have many birth children because they call me like that. I came to understand that God has wiped out their old life and started a new life for them by His grace. Sometimes they say, “Nu Nu I like this. I want to have this.” These kinds of words are real words from a sincere heart, showing that they really feel like I am their natural mother.
My Hope for the Orphans
My hope for them is one day they will be good leaders in their society who fear God, who serve God, and who succeed in life. Not only do they have a good education now, but they also are all born again in Christ. I hope they will be a people who can help other orphans like them, and that they will do many good things for the kingdom of God.
Joy in the Orphans’ Salvation
I do not expect anything in return for caring for these orphans. I just want to please God. Caring for the orphans is my total commitment to serve the Lord. The most pleasing thing to me is that they have assurance of salvation. I felt all my burdens become lighter when I saw them pray with tears and call on the name of Jesus. I felt joy to see they accepted Jesus as their personal Savior.
I have learned so many things from caring for the orphans. I have come to understand that the orphans' hearts are so pure and sincere, but we need to teach and approach them with a long-suffering attitude. They are hungry for love and sweet care.
Orphans as Adopted Children
Among the 11 orphans we currently care for, there are two girls who do not want to return to their native homes, even after they grow up. Miss. Thian and Miss. Tha are both in first grade currently. They say, “We will stay with you forever.” I love them all, and I welcome them if they want to stay with us forever.
If their relatives agree to it, it can happen. We need to sign with the relatives for the girls to become adopted daughters. Then they can be a good help to work with us in this orphan ministry. We will let them work with us to help and care for the many orphans like them.
Encouragement to All Mothers: Be a Blessing to the Orphans
Let me have a word of encouragement to all the mothers. First of all, we need to set up a good Christian family and be a model to our children. All the mothers are responsible for daily care of the children. Money, wealth, and career are not number one. Warm love, affection, and care are most important in a family (Psalm 127:1-5). I encourage all the mothers to help and care for the orphans in any way possible, as the Lord Jesus commanded us. We should live not only for ourselves, but we should live to be a blessing to the little orphans.
Original article written by Mrs. Rev. Thang, translated by Rev. Thang, and edited by Carolyn D.
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