South Korea (MNN) — You know Voice of China and Asia as a ministry that distributes Bibles to the people of rural China. Did you know that VOCA is doing more than that? The ministry is working not only in China, but they're also working in Korea and other parts of Asia. One of their ministries focuses on developmentally disabled orphans in South Korea.
President of VOCA Jonathan Brooks says, "Since the Korean War, the Voice of China and Asia has been touching orphans in Korea. And a highlight of our work today is the Eric Hammond Home for handicapped orphans."
Brook describes the home. "We have 90 kids in our Eric Hammond Home [who] are either physically or mentally handicapped–and usually both. Because of their handicaps, they're not adoptable, and most have been placed because of the deplorable conditions that they come from."
Many children, says Brooks, come from homes where they were neglected. This is true James 1:22 religion. "We train these kids every day to maximize their mental and physical skills under the watchful eye of our licensed Christian care-givers."
This care is a commitment, says Brooks. "These kids come to us, and they're with us for life. It's been too traumatic for them to transfer to other homes once they reach a certain age, so they're with us for life."
While the home is well established, there are needs. "The home has been in existence for over 40 years, and it's time to rebuild."
Brooks says the children spend much of their time in one room, especially when it's cold outside. He says they want to do more to help them. "We're in the present process of building a bakery and a new dining facility for the kids."
Just being an example of Jesus to these kids gives VOCA a platform to talk about their faith to others. It's having an impact. "The government of Korea asked us to come in and do something for the handicapped kids, and this was our response to their request of us."
VOCA can't do this work alone. Your monthly giving will help fund the Eric Hammond Home. If you have a special place in your heart for the developmentally disabled–a group of people some call an "unreached people group," click here.