We were about to leave. I noticed Rose in deep conversation with Filder and Nsofwa. Rose sheepishly called me over. I could tell her spirit was heavy. She shared her struggle.
She lives with her grandparents. Her mom is there to (dad long ago died) 13 other kids also reside in this “home”. Rose shared how yesterday the grandmom called the kids together and in the course of the “meeting singled Rose out. Called her stubborn and Ill tempered and lazy as Rose put it “in front of all the others in our home” Hurt, Rose inquired from grandmom as to what was the offense. She was told; cleaning the kitchen poorly. Why…. because the sugar wasn’t put away correctly. Grandmom went on to threaten Rose telling her soon one day she would be chased ( kicked out of the home) that she would find all her clothes packed and told she could go live with her dad. ( ie go to die). This abuse is not new. Rose has shared other stories including when grandmom attempted to poison her. This time though I could see the fear and panic in Rose’s face. The what would I do? and the where would I go? How would I survive? written all over her face.
I comforted her as best I could, prayed protection, affirmed who she was and asked the Lord to heal the wounds. I assured her the “MASTERS” family would never abandon her. As she went off I noticed Bette standing alone intently watching what had transpired. (Bette lives in the same household as Rose.) I could see that she too was suffering. Giving her a quick hug Danette came over and for 10 minutes I watched Danette poor love and affirmation over Bette. Speaking life into this poor girl’s spirit. I watched Bette cling to Danette like a starved puppy soaking up love.
Today, Rose and Bette’s situation completely broke my heart. How could I send them home to this type of environment? I so knew and understood these stories. They were not new to me. I’ve known and heard hundreds of these. But these kids were OUR kids and it was overwhelming me.
These are the same kids who love the Lord so fully. Rose, last week on her knees, tears flowing from her face, praying earnestly for Jonathan our classmate in the hospital. Bette who prayed and ministered so powerfully Friday in the compounds helping a lady named Jen get free for a horrible tormented oppressive sickness and said how she personally felt the pain of Jen and how much joy she felt in knowing Jen got free.
Horrible personal situations and personal pain… but not victims. Instead, all they want to do is seek the Lord and help people. The first to reach out… and doing it with totally pure selfless hearts. I wanted to take them both home with me but of course I couldn’t. To see them not looking inward at their situations but looking upward not in a where are you God attitude but with an awe and reverence for their Lord and then to look outward as they do toward the situations of others. However, heartbroken as I was… WOW I was equally as inspired by them. Ministry and Skills Training it’s why we are doing both. It’s crucial. The Kingdom message is one of word, sign and deed. Power Love and Compassion all in the name of Christ.
Their rescue is through opportunity, their ticket out of those situations is through empowerment, their ability for any kind of a future at all is being given a dream that they believe can actually materialize. As it says In Ezekiel, dry bones coming to life. God will rescue the oppressed, He is rescuing these kids. This week I saw how.
We have been at the school now for our 5th week. This week you could see the kid’s dreams begin to come alive. Monday we sent them out to survey business in the community. Each student sought out income generating activities similar to what they wish to pursue after graduation. Shops, farming, corn milling, beauty salons, each came back with information on their desired vocational pursuits. Tuesday they began working on the basics of business plans related to their desired vocations. Putting details to their dreams created such a discovery process for them it was inspiring. I could see the light dawn in their minds. Maybe I can do this and I can escape my situation …. God IS providing a way for me. There is power in realizations such as these. God IS reviving them. I can see it and it’s awesome!
Please keep praying for us. We have begun embarking on the process of securing field opportunities for these kids to acquire some of the practical skills needed for their vocations. We are also beginning to select possible internship sites for later this fall. Much is yet to be done buts it’s been a great beginning!
Please keep praying for all our kids. Rose and Bette and not the only ones in desperate situations. They all need rescue from their physical environments and please pray the Fathers love and protection over these dear ones…. daily. It’s so crucial
Bless you all.