A Sunday school class in Switzerland presented us with money for needy children in Papua. We asked Enius, who runs a children's home with his wife, what they needed most - good educational toys to help them learn.
Shortly afterwards Enius visited me and told me that he had not received any more money from his sponsors and no longer knew what to buy food with. I was happy to help him with some money to buy what he needed. I am very impressed by Enius' faith, how he, as a pastor and home superintendent, puts his trust in God. The couple have two children of their own and have taken in about 15 street children. He has built a simple shelter for everyone; a dormitory for the boys and one for the girls, a classroom and a very simple kitchen separated from the pigs only by a wooden fence. He has also dug a pond and hopes to breed fish and later to sell them. It is quite remarkable how innovative he is when it comes to providing for his family and the children's home.
Many street children live in Wamena because their parents often live far away in a remote valley and do not look after their children. Often these children start sniffing glue, get into bad company and later steal, have alcohol problems and become violent. In Indonesia, only Muslim children's homes are supported by the state. The Christian ones seek help from the churches.
Enius is open to help and advice regarding the school but is happy to oversee the home with the help of his leaders. It is important to him that the Papuan culture is not lost and that the children are proud of their origins. He teaches them to understand that they are bought at great cost by God and that they are Papuans for a reason. He teaches them that God looks at people's hearts and not the colour of their skin.