Changing the destiny of nations, one man, one family, one village at a time.

Why We Do What We Do

Abandoned, homeless, rejected, uneducated, hopelessness, despair; these are just a few of the words used to describe the average young male in Restoration of the Nations - Why We Do What We DoNicaragua. When you look at their faces, you have bright smiles looking back at you. But take a look into their eyes and you see the pain. They haven’t known for a long time, if ever, what it means to be a child or young adult. Either one or both of their parents have left them and they have had to survive the best way they can manage. No where to live, no one to care for them, No One! If they are old enough and able to obtain work in the sugar cane fields, this can prove deadly. If not injured on the job, you are more than likely to die of renal failure at a very young age. The villages are overcrowded with widows and orphans.

When the stress of raising children on their own becomes too much for the widows they abandon the children, you then have children and teens trying to raise themselves and their siblings. They cannot perceive life beyond “this” 24 hours, they live in the moment. Left to themselves, children turn to stealing. In fact, this becomes their vocation. Sometimes the family members whom they may live with force them to go to “work”; another term for “it is time to go steal”.

Restoration of the Nations - Why We Do What We Do

Children are beaten if they do not meet their daily “quota” for begging or selling little trinkets. Drugs or alcohol more often than not become the friend of the young person in order to escape the pain.

Lack of discipline abounds in many areas of their lives. Immorality is a problem and soon you have “children” giving birth to children, one more mouth to feed and no means of adequate support. The cycle begins all over again, the stress becomes too much and infants, toddlers, youngsters are abandoned. They may be left to live with extended relatives in tremendously overcrowded plastic and tin houses.

Socio-economic conditions prompt the young to turn to crime. Why does a 12-13 year old join a gang and give his life to it? Gangs do spread terror, but the gang can also be captivating and represent family.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer.29:11

“Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all people.” Ps. 96:3