The TCOAC Family
In 2009, we were given a list of hundreds of children in desperate need of a family and after going out in the villages and doing investigations we initially took in 16 children who might not have survived had we not intervened. From babies abandoned on the side of the road to others used as servants, while others left school in the early grades to beg and search for food to fill their hungry bellies. The Lord knows their stories and more importantly, He knew they would one day be brought into our big, radical, loving family.
Our model is to have Mama’s (and Papa’s too) that feel the long term calling of God to help us in raising our children, together with a house helper which models Burundian family life. We currently have two homes and have joyfully welcomed in 20 children due to desperate circumstances.
Unfortunately, we are not able to take in every child that is brought our way because we don’t want to compromise our values in deeply caring for and committing to be a forever family for each child. In the future, we would like to continue to receive more children as the Lord leads.
When we bring children into our family they are no longer orphans, they become a part of our family and find their identity in the Father as children of God. We are not an orphanage and believe that children who continue to be identified as orphaned or abandoned often struggle to understand their true identity found in the family of God. The transformation that has taken place inside of our children is precious and deep.
We are in it for the long run and have created an environment for them to heal, grow and begin to understand what their passions and gifts truly are. We journey with them through the valleys and mountains and look forward to the university graduations, marriages and grandchildren as the Lord wills!