A Story to Share
Bessie is a beautiful 16 year old girl who is married to Carlos, who is 28. They are an amazing couple who work for the ministry of Manos Extendidas. After talking with Alvin this morning about Bessie’s family, I felt compelled to share their situation with you.
Not Your Ordinary Family
Bessie’s mom, Suyapa, is 32 years old and has seven children with five different men. The oldest is Bessie and the youngest is an 11 month old baby girl, whom Bessie delivered in the back of a taxi cab. Bessie’s mom is not well and does not take care of her children. Just last night Alvin had to bring her to the ER after she had gotten into a drunken brawl and was hit in the face by a man and needed stitches. Right now you may be thinking, “Who takes care of the other children?” It was Bessie’s job to care for the other 6 children, which meant that she received no education. However, now that Bessie is married she no longer lives with the family and cannot care for them in the same way. She still sees them everyday and cares deeply for them, but the responsibilities of caring for the family are no longer hers. Her 9 year old sister Kimberly cares for the 11 month old baby, which means that she too does not receive any education. This breaks my heart. She is just a child herself and has been left with the major responsibility of caring for a baby. I can barely handle being a mother of 1 sometimes, and I am an adult!
Bessie also has an 11 year old sister who is 5 months pregnant. She has been selling her body ever since she was 9 years old and this baby is a product of prostitution. She thinks the dad is a 50 year old man, who is one of her best customers. Even as I write this, I have tears in my eyes. Seriously? 11 years old? She will be 12 when the baby is born. Can you imagine any 11 year old you know being pregnant and becoming a mother? And on top of that, she suffers from epilepsy. This is dangerous for both her and the baby. The baby will have to be delivered by C-section because the mother’s tiny body cannot handle the labor. And if she were to have a seizure, it could kill them both. I can’t find any other words to describe how I am feeling. My heart is heavy, so very heavy.
Something to Think About
Alvin and Nelly have been pondering the idea of taking the 9 year old and the baby into their home. As soon as Alvin left I could tell that Chad had something on his mind. I asked him what he was thinking and he said that he was thinking about the 11 month old baby. I was thinking the same thing. I kept thinking how it made so much more sense for us to care for that baby rather than that sweet 9 year old girl. And I am sure Alvin would have no problem with us caring for the baby. These are just thoughts and we have no idea where this will go. I myself am busy enough with Asher, so I don’t know how I could do it with a 14 month old and an 11 month old. But it is on our hearts and something we are praying about. We appreciate your prayers for this family. As you can see, they need all the prayers they can get.