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One Bails, While One Fishes

By Ken Hulme
The 700 Club





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CBN.com — On weekends, Bot, 10, wakes up early to go fishing with his dad. But the boy doesn't get to fish very much.

"The boat leaks. It's hard for my dad to catch fish while trying to keep it from sinking. So I help him by bailing water out of the boat," Bot says.

Eventually the day came when they could no longer take the boat out. It was just too dangerous.

"My parents are very poor. They didn't have the money to buy a new boat or even rent one. They were so worried," he says.

Bot's parents and older sister tried to save up to buy a new boat by doing odd jobs. Bot helped by looking after his four year old sister at home.

"I watch over her and cook food for her," he says. "I even clean the house to help my parents."

But even with the whole family pitching in, they were barely scraping by. Many mornings, Bot went to school hungry.

"I asked my parents for money to buy lunch at school, but they didn't have any," Bot recalls. "I prayed that God would give us food to eat."

That's when someone from CBN's Orphan's Promise invited Bot to join a free lunch program at a nearby church. We gave him hot, nutritious meals and supplies and a uniform for school. At the church, we also taught him about Jesus. When he told his parents about what he was learning, they began to pray to Jesus too.

"Jesus is my God and Savior," says Bot with a smile when we asked him who Jesus is.  

Finally, to help Bot's father to provide for his family, CBN gave him a new fishing boat and net.

"Now my dad catches lots of fish every day," Bot says. "He sells them to buy things for our family. Thanks CBN for helping my family to know God, and for everything!"

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