Responsibility and Change
Well, it turns out that Thursday when we got to the orphanage that Deborah wasn´t there; however, we had another problem. The boys had all left for school that morning, but Joel was the only boy who went into the classroom. Also, the boys refused to do their daily chores. So, because the boys disobeyed, Germinia did not allow them to eat lunch. Right now, this is one of the ways that they discipline the boys... right or wrong... So, it was quite crazy when we arrived. Germinia was frustrated and the boys were mad and hungry. Anyway, we made all of the boys go into the cafeteria and we basically made them be quiet and sit still for almost three hours as Nilzania, Anne, and I lectured about obedience, respect, and how they needed to change their behavior. We also told them that we wanted to give some of the older boys more responsibility.
So yesterday when we arrived we were finally able to talk to Deborah and Germinia. It was difficult because it is hard to get a straight answer from Deborah. Anyway, we asked her about her priorities and what changes she wanted to see at the orphanage. We spoke seriously about how the Americans need to see some changes in leadership and discipline if they are to continue to help the orphanage.
Juracy, the leader of the construction projects (who is a Christian), and Jeter talked with the older boys about responsibility on Friday. Then we gave each of the older boys a responsibility at the orphanage.
Pray specificially for:
Marcos Frietas - in charge of getting clean clothes to all of the boys
Antonio Carlos- in charge of the computers
Pablo Diogo - in charge of giving out the vitamins and medicine
Tiago- in charge of getting all the boys to brush their teeth
Davi - in charge of getting all the boys to take a bath