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Baldonaza was still just a little boy, his parents separated. For
some time afterwards he
had been living
with his mother and step-father. Instead of going to school he
helped keep food on the table by collecting clams in the
One day he met his
father and older brother. His brother asked him to runaway and
move in with them. So, at the mere age of seven, he ran away to
join his Dad. It did not take long for him to realize the grass
wasn't greener on the other side. He often had to watch his father
abuse his brother. Elmer was a favorite child, so he was never
physically harmed; but he hated seeing his brother being
Elmer thought if he
went away perhaps his brother would not be abused anymore. So at
barely eight years old, he left the dirt floored shanty they lived
in to roam the streets. For three years he lived on his own as a
street child. He would be taken in by different people here and
there, but when things turned bad, he would always run away again.
He learned how to lie, sniff glue, steal, and beg.
When he was ten, Rhoda Beloso met him on the
streets of Binan, Laguna... a town hundreds of miles from his home
area. When Frontline started Face
some staff went back to Binan to search for Elmer. In time, he was
located, and became the first
child of the Face
the Children (FTC)
effort. Not long after, he was informally adopted by the Pessina
family, and lives now as one of their own.
At first Elmer was
known as a trouble maker. But soon God would catch his heart. At
eleven years old he gave his life to Christ in a church service.
Now he is a member of the youth leadership, and being trained as a leader. He loves being on the
dance team as well as playing guitar on the worship team. Though
he isn't perfect, he is now hungry for God and reads his Bible
daily. He also attends Frontline
Christian Academy and
is getting a great education.
said, "I know that God has called me. And I know one day He will
use me as His servant. I'm excited to invite others to the youth
services, because I want them to realize God has a plan for them
We often wonder
what life would be like for Elmer had Frontline never found him?
Would he still be on the streets? Sleeping, begging, sniffing
glue? In jail? Or dead?
Elmer is a life
that has been changed because of people who care to reach out, and
because of those who care to give. As a Frontline staff or
financial partner, remember what it is you do. And when people ask
why you give or serve... tell them about Elmer.
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