Friday, November 28, 2014
We had the opportunity of visiting Joyville soon after it was opened. We met a little boy there, the staff had nicknamed, "The Preacher." We were told that the authorities had found him hiding under the backseat of a bus in Manila. Part of one finger and several teeth we're missing. He told them that his name was Toi Toi, and that his mother had done this to him.
The authorities took him to Joyville. The matron, a Salvation Army Officer, nursed him back to health and taught him how to pray. His nickname, The Preacher, came because, whenever the opportunity arose, he wanted to pray. We were told that he prayed without ceasing.
At the end of our visit, the officer called all the children together and asked Toi Toi to pray for us. He prayed for the staff, for all the other children, and he prayed for Doris and me by name. It was an experience we shall never forget.
It's been 22 years and Toi Toi would be about 27 years of age now. He might even be the boy mentioned in the video linked below, I don't know. But what I do know is, that he is but one of many whose lives have been changed through the miracle of Joyville.
Order your custom handed made Christmas cards today and help Joyville continue creating miracles one child at a time. We've a ordered ours and are sending them to a select list, suggesting they do the same.
And in each card, we’re placing the below links to these videos. Let's multiply our efforts together through another miracle, the miracle of social media, with a gift that just keeps on giving and giving.