At only 20-days-old Yohan was abandoned by his mother. Thankfully, Yohan’s aunt who was already raising eight children agreed to take him in. Yet with so many mouthes to feed and a minimal income, he was often left alone to roam the streets. POI Pastor, Yovanni noticed him often and approached Yohan’s aunt about him possibly joining the orphanage.
She dearly loved her nephew, but she knew this was the best choice for him.
In March of 2013, Yohan arrived to the boys home with worms in his stomach as well as other infections caused from his time spent roaming the streets. However, his health is steadily improving and he is quickly adjusting to his new life with his seven big brothers. Though he is still learning the value of good behavior and obedience, Yohan is adjusting well. On November 1st, Yohan will be turning ten. Yet his tiny physique doesn’t even begin to mask the depth of this exuberant little boy!
“I have lived at the boys home for two years, and I have learned that it is always best to do things the right way the first time. Papi Edgardo and Mami Mary always teach me the word of God and show me how to be good.” —Yohan
“I love to play in my free time. Sometimes my big brothers bother me and it makes me sad. But I always laugh when I watch funny cartoons! My favorite color is blue, and I love to eat baleadas and Chinese rice. When I grow up I want to either be in the military or a police officer!” —Yohan
Yohan has challenged us, made us laugh, and taught us much about God’s heart for his children. Even though he has lived in the boys home for two years, Yohan still struggles with his past. He hides his belongings, scarfs down his food, and tries his best to be strong.
Life on the streets has impacted his life. But we are confident the Lord will continue to work in his tiny heart as he grows older and deals with the many struggles of an aching orphan.
I asked Yohan what advice he had to offer boys his age in the United States and he promptly responded, “support Point of Impact, do not be disobedient, and read the Bible!”
There is no doubt Yohan has improved physically, mentally, and spiritually. His story of hope continues, and we are looking forward to seeing how God uses Yohan’s life for His glory.
Who is blogging?
Hannah Hamilton is the daughter of David and Ruth Hamilton, founders of Point of Impact Ministry. She first traveled to Honduras at 6 years old and has been passionate about advocating for the impoverished ever since. To read more, click here.