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Photo Album: 1. Story of Sumba

When Tash, our director, was seeking the neediest children for our home, a pastor told her about orphans on the Island of Sumba about an hour flight south of Bali. Tash initially, was going to travel alone but her elderly parents insisted she go with a pastor who had visited before. He had been to eastern Sumba but never on the western side where the orphans lived. Tash and the pastor took the hour plane ride then an hour drive to find a place to stay overnight. The next morning, Tash and the pastor took a long car ride on bad roads to get to the village and their morning appointment with the chief. When they got there, they knew something was wrong. Men were carrying swords and talking excitedly in their village language. The chief's wife told them their village was in a fight with another village and they should leave immediately and return later. On their drive back to the place they were staying at, women, children, and old men all carrying swords were running past their car fleeing for their lives. Tash and the pastor prayed asking God for mercy and safety. Tash was so thankful that her parents insisted she not go alone. Tash and he were able to return that night to the village and meet with the chief and his wife. The chief was so thankful that Tash came. He said that many people had abandoned their children by dropping them off with the chief expecting the chief to take care of them. Tash's heart went out to the children she met that day. She made arrangements for some children from the island to take the ferry to Bali to come live in our home. When Tash returned to Bali from her trip to Sumba, a friend told her that Sumba is a very primitive and sometimes very dangerous island and felt it was a miracle she made it safely home. Tash is convinced we have rescued these children not only from poverty but from death. Our children arrived from Sumba in April 2009.










Tash and Gaby
Tash and Gaby