Apparently word is getting around town that we are taking in orphans. This is not exactly true as we are only planning on taking in one orphan. However, that part has not gotten around town. Yesterday we had a visitor, a man we had never met. He is from a large village near here, and is struggling to raise his six children alone. Both of his wives died, and he is afraid he will not live much longer because he has HIV. He heard from a nurse in his area that we were taking in children and decided to drop one of his off at our house. You cannot imagine how forlorn and terrified this little boy looked, sitting on our front porch. He had probably never even seen white people before, and now his father was planning on leaving him with us! We tried our best to explain to the man that we are NOT taking in orphans, but would try in help him in any way we can. Thankfully he was very happy and satisfied with a huge bag of beans and a shirt for his son. Not exactly what he came for, but we are becoming good negotiators!
Amazingly enough, this is not the first time we have been offered a child. Last week Kenneth was running errands, pumping gas, etc, when he was approached by a woman who wanted to show him something inside her shirt! He, of course, tried to tell her no and push her away, but then realized she was trying to show him something. She was suffering from breast cancer and had a huge tumor growing on her chest. She told him that she had recently seen a doctor who confirmed that she has breast cancer and will not live much longer. She is a widow with no family and only one child, and had approached him to give him her child! Kenneth once again tried to explain that we are NOT taking in orphans but would try to help her in any way we can. So far she has not come to our house, but who knows what this next week will bring?