I have written in the past that the man that owns the house where the children’s home is located, borrowed money against it and recently quit paying the bank. The bank informed us that it was going into foreclosure and gave us a price that we could purchase the building for from them.
The price was the unpaid balance, the legal fees to record the sale, and the cost of the survey. It was around $5,400. This is about 1/7th of the value of the building.
I told Inday that we would have to raise the funds from dedicated donations since the operation of the children’s home and school take all our available funds. I didn’t hear anything more from her other than to occasionally have her ask if we had made any progress raising the funds. To date, the answer has always been, “No, not yet.” We haven’t had anyone come forward with a dedicated donation for the building.
This past week when Inday was in the hospital, I talked to Babeselle to tell her about something that needed to be taken care of that day. She asked about the house payment. I asked her to tell me what she was talking about.
She explained that when we didn’t have funds coming in to purchase the house, her mother had made payments out of the money that she made from her little store and from the extra laundry so that the house wouldn’t get sold to someone else until we had the funds.
This was $65.00 USD a month that she was sacrificing her own needs to help take care of the children.
Babeselle read to me the dates and amount of the payments made and an agreement signed by the bank and the owner that would apply the payments to decreasing the purchase price. As close as I can figure it covers the interest and a small part of the principle on the loan.
The knowledge that this lady is taking that amount from her meager income and helping the children’s home is just stunning and humbling. That she is doing it unannounced and seeking no recognition makes it that much more amazing. I would not have known it if Babeselle didn’t have a question.
With volunteers like this, I have the utmost confidence that we will continue to meet our needs and grow to help others.