This home is located in the province of East Nusa Tenggara, in the western portion of Timor Island.
The 1999 conflict between East Timor and Indonesia forcibly pushed many people into refugee camps. When the conflict ended the majority of refugees desired to return to East Timor but many economic barriers and internal political conditions prevented some for doing so. The children's plight was especially worrisome. Little food, lack of clean water, and disease took its toll. Many children in the camps had either lost their parents due to the fighting or had become separated from them.
Mercy Home Atambua started in 2004 with 25 orphans and displaced children. The children who initially joined this family were rescued from the hopelessness and despair of the refugee camp situated on the border of Atambua. They were welcomed to live here, find a new life, and chance for a better future.
In 2005 came the memorable transition from rental facility to permanent home. With God's help, Mercy Indonesia Foundstion was able to build on purchased land.
Today, almost ten years later, Mercy Home Atambua is still called “home” by these 25 now young adults or teenagers. Some of them are now studying at universities and work; 13 still live there permanently while attending High-Scholl.
The heart of Mercy Home Atambua is the caregivers: Pandry and his wife Mega Matthew. There is also Eva, assistant who cooks and helps to take care of the children.
The memory of the past powers the children’s and caregivers prayers. They remember throughout the years to thank God regularly for the many that have helped them. They know it is the generosity of caring and compassionate people that continues to provide for them. Would you like to be on their prayer list?