Recently one of the boys returned from a, (you might say), a trip taken in poor judgement. Sometimes we do things impulsively, without thinking, especially when we are teenagers that have lived on the street. I just can't imagine the thoughts I might have if I was suddenly rescued from one rough life and placed into a secure place with a bed and food and school. We might say this is great, why would I want anything else. But we have all heard of our comfort zone. It could be overwhelming to be loved by so many people with most of them being total strangers. Do I deserve this? "This is too much." "I don't know what to do with these feelings." Most of us luckily don't know what that would be like. But we can only try and understand and pray.
We are so excited that this boy has returned to us and he was welcomed by all because they all had been praying for him. Now here is where this story has twist. One of our newest boys, David who we recently wrote about, has been waiting to go to school. As you may recall, we needed senior school fees, so he has been waiting patiently while we are waiting for funds. Meanwhile the boy that just returned to us can go to school because his fees are already paid, because he was previously enrolled. His only problem is that on his journey his shoes were stolen.
Last night I was talking with the boys and the boy that just returned that has been absent for a few days, says; "Jaja can you write a note for school so I can return?" I said but you don't have any shoes yet. "Oh yes I have shoes, David lent me his!"
2Corinthians 9:6-10 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work. As it written:
"He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever"
Today we took David, wearing the other boy's sandals, to enroll him in school. I believe the Lord will provide these fees. How could we wait any longer when we see such an example of someone following the Word? It is amazing and humbling to witness such a giving heart. I mentioned that he went to school in his friends sandals, this is because he lent out his only pair of shoes to another boy, without judgement or resentment! Amen!
P.S. If you read this story, you will see that David was chased away from the other children's center. If they have any more like him please chase them over here!