This post is part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities.

May May Lwin, Director, All Nations Children's Home

My name is May May Lwin. I am the Director of the All Nations Children’s Home in Hmawbi, Myanmar, a ministry of Ethne Global Services, a non-profit in the United States. However, on a day-to-day basis, I am the mother to our 16 children, their “Nu Nu.” After being a school teacher and then finishing my Bible School studies, I spent some time praying about my future calling. As a single woman, my options seemed limited. In 2012, I decided to devote my life to children at risk. My favorite moment was in 2012 when I adopted the first 5 children and brought them to my simple bamboo home and started the ministry. In my country there are so many children at risk, and I just want to provide a safe place where they have an opportunity for a better life. 

Every child in our home has had a difficult life and endured hardship, so I want their life to be better now and in the future. Being the mother to 16 children is a daily challenge, especially since I am not married. It is often tiring and requires lots of faith and patience, but I love my life. We are always trusting God to answer our prayers for food, clothing, and education expenses, but God has provided always. Our children have a “Papa” in America who also loves them (and who the children love) and he advocates for them in raising funds to provide for them, and last year because of generous giving, we moved into our new home. 

My advice to others who give back is twofold: 

  1. Make sure you are called to what you are doing, and 
  2. Pray every day for the strength and guidance to continue the ministry with excellence. 

When I heard I was nominated, I was very humbled that I was considered. Hopefully, my story can inspire others who are considering giving to others at whatever level is possible in their lives.