FACES - YWAM Singapore Issue.2017 - Page 20

da r k n e s s m e e T s Lov e Behind the face of every street lady who walks through the door of Tamar Village lies a shattered past. They have never known safety. Most had parents who were either incarcerated, drug addicts, alcoholics or gamblers; who were never around and were extremely abusive. As children, they had to fend for themselves. They learnt to lie, cheat, steal, to walk the streets the same way their mothers did and succumbed to the seductiveness of dysfunction. Their closest never loved them in ways they should, and it wrecked their self-worth. They don’t believe they are worthy of a good life, a good job, or non-abusive relationships. Like their parents, they turned to drugs and alcohol to numb their pain because they feel so much shame. These ladies are by-products of their broken past and are terrified that their children will end up like them. They weep when they speak of their little ones whom they love deeply, but are lost when it comes to loving in the right way . Lowly-educated, they don’t know how to enrol their children in schools, or seek social and healthcare services. When they are intoxicated, their children suffer the consequences: neglect and family violence. Unless broken, their deepest fears will become a reality, and the vicious cycle of poverty, violence, abuse of drugs and alcohol, are likely to repeat themselves in their children’s lives, and the generations to come. IF WE CARE FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION AND SOCIETY, THEN THE LIVES OF THESE CHILDREN MATTER GREATLY BECAUSE THEY WILL MAKE UP THE FACES OF OUR SOCIETY’S FUTURE. 18