Trashy Beginnings

Dennis Rainey (CEO/President, FamilyLife): We have a very special person here in the studio who has already done something about (rescuing orphans) and is here to help those who need a little guidance to know what they can do. Troy Wiseman joins us again. Troy, welcome back.

Troy Wiseman (Co-Founder/Chairman, World Orphans): Thank you, good to be here.

Dennis: Troy and his wife, Tina, have four sons. They live near Chicago. He is the co-founder and chairman of World Orphans. It’s a ministry that has funded or co-funded the construction of more than 500 church-based children’s homes. He doesn’t like to call them orphanages, and I agree with that. And he’s done this in more than 45 developing countries.

Bob Lepine (Vice President/Chief Content Officer, FamilyLife): I’m curious about the first one in Nicaragua. Tell me how that children’s home got built. I guess it’s still active today, right?

Troy: Yes, absolutely. The co-founder of World Orphans, Bob Roosen, was actually in Nicaragua doing an outreach ministry and called me up and said, "Hey, there’s this pastor here, there’s all these kids, and he needs to get them off the street. If I put up half the money, will you put up half the money? We’re going to do a children’s home."

That’s really how it started.

Dennis: You’d never done one before?

Troy: Never. He called me from Managua, and I said, "Well, where are the kids coming from?" He goes, "Well, we got them out of the dump. They were living in the dump." And so…

Dennis: Literally living off the streets.


(Image: A street child walks past his scavanging ground in Nepal)

Troy: Living off the streets, and…

Dennis: What ages?

Troy: Oh, wow, they were from 11 to 3.

Dennis: A three-year-old living in the streets?

Troy: Yes. Just around the garbage. They ate the garbage. And the older kids get the garbage first. They’ll beat up the little kids because they could eat the garbage first. It was unbelievable.


(Image: A child surviving amongst the trash in Cambodia)

Dennis: Where would they stay if they were getting their food from a garbage dump?

Troy: Under a bridge, under the garbage, under a tree. They’d just sleep anywhere. They have these dogs that hang out with them. If somebody’s coming at night, the dog will bark. That way they can wake up.

They just huddle together. But, you’ve got an eleven-year-old brother or a ten-year-old brother taking care of a three-year-old sister. That just shouldn’t happen.


(Image: An orphan picks through the garbage in Sierra Leone)

Bob: Now, when your friend calls you and says, "This is the situation in Nicaragua," you’d never seen this? He’s describing it to you over the phone?

Troy: Right, I saw all those street kids when we were in the factories building the clothing company, so I had a good picture. I didn’t know they were living in the garbage dump, but that was God’s way of saying, "Hey, this is what you’ve been praying about, and this is what we’re going to do."

So that was the beginning.

From: FamilyLifeToday with Dennis Rainey
Broadcast date: 08/07/07
(Edited and Abridged)

To be continued…


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