Expecting to treat some mildly ill children from the streets of Bolivia on a quick “service trip,” an idealistic young medical student gets more than he bargained for when he takes a year off from Harvard Medical School to work at an orphanage in La Paz. As he comes to know the children, and sees how they live, Chi Huang is drawn deeper and deeper into their complex and desperate lives. The doctor soon realizes that to truly help these children, he will have to follow the example of Jesus: live among them, love them in spite of their brokenness, and cling to his faith in God's goodness, even when it appears it is nowhere to be found. A true story that will inspire and challenge readers to greater faith and action. The book includes a Foreword by Harvard professor and world-renowned expert on the moral and spiritual development of children, Dr. Robert Coles.
You’ll need a box of Kleenex by your side while reading this book, it’s heart wrenching. Dr. Huang introduces readers to the life of street children living in Bolivia without holding anything back. His honest portrayal of the harsh realities of their lives is a call to action for anyone claiming to follow Christ. He shares the story of several children, giving readers an up close and personal perspective of what they face everyday.
“Every month or two, they round up a bunch of street kids to take to dark places. If we resist, they beat us and spray gasoline in our eyes…..They are ‘cleaning’ the streets of all undesirables, and that includes us.”
You’ll meet Daniela, a teen mother of two babies, one of whom dies in a hospital because she didn’t have money to pay for food or medication. Can you imagine hospital staff watching a baby die of dehydration and doing nothing because the mother couldn’t provide food and money? This is the reality Daniela must deal with, along with rapes, beatings and the hopelessness of a world that considers her expendable.
If you’re ready to open your eyes to the plight of the most vulnerable in our world, this is the book to do it! Highly recommend this for teens who have never journeyed from the safety and security of the United States!