Boni's Butchery: Where Street Boys Sleep

Today I asked Boniface to take Noah and me to the place where he used to sleep.  As many of you will recall, Boniface has been with us for about nine days now.  But, before that he was a street boy.  I wanted him to show me his "home" before he came to be with us.

Boniface showing me the base where he used to sleep.

Boniface showing me the base where he used to sleep.

As it turns out, several of the other boys IAMercy works with sleep at Boniface's old base.  (For those who don't know, a "base" is a location where street boys gather at night to keep safe in numbers.  It is the closest thing that many have to a home on the streets).  Melvin and Victor - who were at the The Daily Bread Project today - still sleep there.  So they tagged along with us to help show us around.  When we arrived at the base we met another boy - Cain - who has also come to our feedings in the past.  I was told that normally there are about twelve street boys at this particular base on a given night.  (Dishon, one of my sons who came into my home at the tale end of 2016 used to stay at this base some too).

Boniface used to sleep in a butchery.  Vincent, Melvin, and Cain still do.

The butchery where some of IAMercy's street boys rest for the night.  They sleep in the outer area.

The butchery where some of IAMercy's street boys rest for the night.  They sleep in the outer area.

Lucy - the owner - is kind enough to allow them to sleep on the outside porch each night (they aren't allowed to sleep in the interior).  

Lucy - the owner of the butchery.

Lucy - the owner of the butchery.

The boys were proud to show me around.  They wanted me to know exactly where they go at night.  Cain was very eager to show me his chair (seen below).

Cain really wanted me to see his chair - where he normally sleeps.

Cain really wanted me to see his chair - where he normally sleeps.

Cain showing off his sleeping chair.

Cain showing off his sleeping chair.

Below are some pictures of the location where the boys sleep and their beddings.  

Where some of the street boys sleep.  Though it is hard to tell from this photo this area is open air (it is in the outside portion of the butchery).

Where some of the street boys sleep.  Though it is hard to tell from this photo this area is open air (it is in the outside portion of the butchery).

This is one of the pillows the boys use.

This is one of the pillows the boys use.

Boniface holding up a mattress the boys sleep on at night.

Boniface holding up a mattress the boys sleep on at night.

All of us went inside for awhile and enjoyed sodas with Lucy and some of her workers.

Boniface is on the far right.  He is now in my home.  The other three (from right to left:  Melvin, Cain, and Victor) still sleep at the butchery.

Boniface is on the far right.  He is now in my home.  The other three (from right to left:  Melvin, Cain, and Victor) still sleep at the butchery.

Cain, Melvin, and Boniface (left to right) - Enjoying our visit at the base.

Cain, Melvin, and Boniface (left to right) - Enjoying our visit at the base.

Here are some more photos of the interior of the butchery:

Before leaving Melvin and Cain still wanted one last photo op.

Melvin

Melvin

Cain

Cain

Noah and I are hoping to start visiting this base with some regularity.  We asked Lucy and she agreed that we could meet with the boys at her shop.  We are thinking of doing a Bible study on-site.  

While I am very grateful to be able to visit the boys where they stay, I'm even more grateful that Boniface is with my family at this point and no longer sleeping at the base.  I am heartened that tonight Boniface is sleeping in my home, not in a butchery.

Boniface

Boniface

IAMercy depends on people like you to continue its ministry to street boys.  If you are interested in giving please visit our Donate page.  To all of you who already give - thank you for the difference you are making in the lives of many.  Thank you for the difference you are making in the life of one:  Boniface.

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