In Central Asia, many children who come to Grain of Wheat camps or clubs live in regions where the average salary is $100 a month. Most families have three or more children.
To say that 11-year-old Aziz* has a very hard life is an understatement. For as long as he can remember, his father has been in prison for drugs and theft.
In 2014, Aziz went to a Grain of Wheat camp, which was not a good experience for him or for the staff who desperately tried to teach him how to respect others. When he went home, he heard that his father had died in prison and his mother committed suicide. His mother’s sister decided to adopt him even though the father of her two children was also Aziz’s father.
As soon as one of our staff heard about this tragedy, he visited the family and shared the truth of God’s great love for them. They were deeply encouraged especially Aziz who asked if he could come to camp again. The staff couldn’t believe that this was the same Aziz who had been to camp before. He cheerfully took part in the camp activities and was always ready to help. He now understands that God is the only one who will be in his life forever and that He will never leave.
*Name changed for privacy