Saturday, June 15, 2013

Quote of the Day:  “This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It's knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.” ― Mitch Albom

Amos is one of our security guards.  He is also the man who has done all the thatching on all the buildings here in the mission.  He also was on the construction crew when we built our very first building, and we hired him full-time after that, so he has been with us now for over eight years.  During that time, he has lost two brothers, his mother, his father, a daughter and a son.  His two oldest boys, Daniel and Joseph, are in Form One here which is kind of like the tenth grade in the U.S.  We have been paying their school fees since Amos first began to work for us.  When the boys passed the national English test with flying colors to get into secondary school, Amos wanted them to go to a better school than the government provides.  We got them into a private day-school (non-boarding) that only costs about $10 per month per boy.  So, after a year of this private schooling, Amos brought me their grades yesterday.  His oldest son made all A's except for one B and is ranked first in his class.  The other boy is following close behind and is ranked second in his class.  Amos was positively beaming when he brought me the grades and to ask for next month's tuition payments.  Perhaps those two boys are the real reason we are here.  I don't know, but we help those we can with what we have and will let God figure out the rest.  We were almost as proud as Amos of what those boys accomplished, especially since Karen taught them English here in the school she started.  We will never know how far the ripples will spread from the small stones we throw into this very big pond here in Africa, but we will continue to throw them.  If it helps one, it helps us all.
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