Carlos from Peru

*Carlos’ aunt and her family took him in when they learned his father and stepmother were mistreating him. But sadly, life didn’t get much better. While sharing a room with one of his cousins he was repeatedly abused sexually. And there was a lot of “rough, wild-living people" in his aunt’s neighborhood.  One terrible night Carlos was found in a park, beaten, abused, and left for dead.   

After receiving medical attention, his aunt realised that she couldn’t keep him safe, and called the authorities to come and take him. Carlos came to live in our Orchard Children’s Home in February 2017.   

When he arrived, Carlos barely spoke and never liked to be touched or to give hugs. Over time, he began to feel more safe. He found people he could trust. Healing began and continues to this day. After much care, counselling, and therapy, not only does he receive hugs, but also initiates them to people he feels secure with. Carlos is still very reserved, but when he speaks people listen.

In February 2021, Carlos gave his life to Christ and decided to be baptised. Since then, his life and even his daily routine are drastically different, reflecting the power of Christ in 2 Cor 5:17, “…if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.”  

Before he gets out of his bunk each morning, Carlos prays over the day and over the Orchard family. He is dedicated and disciplined. His counseling and therapeutic work have taught him how to deal with moments of distress, frustration, and anger that are part of growing up and part of healing, especially for kids who have been victimised like Carlos. Whether running laps around the football field, or looking for someone to talk with, Carlos has tools and resources he never would have had had he not been brought to Kids Alive. We are so grateful God saved his life!  

Ultimately, we are hoping to find a permanent home for Carlos, as we firmly believe children thrive best in a family environment. Our technical team is working with an extended family member to determine if there would be a safe home for him there. If not, we know God has a forever home and a future for Carlos. Please continue to pray for our team and for all the boys and girls in our care.   

*Name changed to protect privacy 

“…if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.”  2 Corinthians 5:17

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