Do you ever read the Humans of New York blog? It is a wonderful glimpse into the life of someone else and a chance to hear their story. Some of these stories are of past pains. Others are of current dilemmas. Others are stories of redemption.
Redemption stories are my favorite. And we have several of those at New Hope Children.
One of them being Ramsey's story:
“Hey you, do you sponsor that boy? He is a waste of your money.”
The words shot out like a dart from a local villager who spotted our team walking with the children. His target was one of our older boys, Ramsey, whose eyes fell to the ground for a few strides. But then, something remarkable happened. Rejecting what he heard and realizing his true worth, Ramsey lifted his head high, puffed out his chest and walked with confidence through the village back to his new home, the New Hope Center, a place of refuge, unconditional love and acceptance.
To be a street child in Lodwar is to be one of the lowest of the low in Kenya. Not only is their tribe, the Turkana, the most neglected tribe in the country, but street children are often called “cursed” , are known as the bad kids, or as read above, “waste”. In our human eyes, theirs is not a birthright one desires.
Thankfully, we serve a God who sees beyond our circumstances, beyond our sin and shame, looks deep into our eyes and touches our hearts with the words, “I love you my child, just as you are.” We are no longer born into circumstance, we are born of God. As for Ramsey who was called “a waste” - he was later called a “budding genius” by his professors and became #1 in his high school class. Ramsey means “strong island” , and he is.
Will you join us in thanking God for His transformation work in the life of Ramsey and pray that God will always remind Ramsey of his true worth?
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