Another school term has begun, and we are thankful that the boys are off to a good start. Sadly, the grandmother to 4 of our boys, died after a long illness, but we are grateful
that our social worker was able to take them to the funeral in Central Kenya. They had been living with her before they came under our custody 3 ½ years ago because she was too feeble and poor to care for them. At that time, they were living across the street from Ahadi’s former location. One of them last week was being playful with another boy at school and injured the boy’s hand. He panicked and imagined that police would probably come to arrest him (they wouldn’t), so he ran away. Thankfully, he was spotted by an older brother by his home place and has come back to Ahadi.
Just before leaving for the US, two of our college-aged boys, one of whom had just graduated in December, and the other who had been scheduled to graduate this year, admitted that they needed to be put in a Christian rehab home in order to put a stop to destructive behaviors and requested that we take them there. So, I took them, accompanied by our social worker and treasurer, in order for them to learn how to find the place and to be introduced to the management. We are glad that they came to that decision themselves and that they are already making positive changes. We are finding that it is very difficult for some of our boys to transition from being under our care to living out “in the world” by themselves, since they don’t have families to fall back on, and we can’t accept them back in our children’s home. Pray that we will find a way to help them transition better, and pray for long-term, positive results with Reuben and Geof.
A few days before leaving, I met with our Ahadi indoor staff for a final reminder of the importance of their jobs at Ahadi as Manager/Social worker, household supervisor/houseparent, cook, and relief person. Our priority is the nurture and care of vulnerable school-aged boys who need someone they can depend on and look up to. So, their positions are so much more than a job. Each of them gave touching testimonies of how they had been helped by others, and now were committed to help the Ahadi boys. God bless them.
GROUND BREAKING FOR NEW ADDITION
Because of the late start due to heavy rains, the ground breaking took place after 7 PM at the Farewell, and I didn’t get the photos in time for last month’s update, but we did do the symbolic ground-breaking for the new 4-bedroom addition, pictured here. The house will be situated beside the existing building. One of our board members is working on getting the Quantity Surveying results and identifying a contractor.
CASE IN POINT
When Moses’s mom was dying 16 years ago when he was 7 years old, her last action was to try to choke him because she believed no one would take care of him anyway and he might turn out to be a thief and get murdered. She did not succeed, and true to her suspicions, those family members who should have taken care of him, did not do so, and the following year his elder brother was murdered by a mob. As a young child, he got a job in a movie theater and later, he began carrying ammunitions for criminals in order to earn enough money to eat. Finally, he ran away by getting on a bus, and somehow, the conductor didn’t notice him and he rode for free. He ended up in Nairobi, and was put in a very abusive rehab home and eventually came to us where he found loving care, someone he could call “Mum,” and excelled in primary school, qualifying for a national high school in the Rift Valley. However, due to post-election violence and fierce tribalism at the time, he couldn’t accept the position, because it would have meant sure death for him because of being from “the wrong tribe” for the Rift Valley. Instead, we were able to get him into a very prestigious government school in Nairobi where he again excelled. We gave him Gifted Hands by Ben Carson to inspire him. He began dreaming big dreams for himself and was called to study engineering in probably the best engineering school in Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Part way through his studies, his major was discontinued, and he had to almost start over again in a new major, but he took it all in stride. His fellow students have realized what a good, principled, Christian he is, and he has been active in Christian circles nationwide and throughout East Africa. At one point, someone heard him during congregational singing and told him that he had a nice voice and should make a video. He did so, having found an inexpensive recording studio. The result is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zkTWr9nyrE where he sings in English and Swahili for the glory of God. He hopes to finish his engineering studies in 2018.