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Our Kids

Posted by: | November 4, 2009 | 2 Comments |

11/4– Yesterday, the street children lied to me. They know I will buy them fruit; they also know I won’t feed them if they have glue on them. ¬†Yesterday, I bought them fruit (like I have been doing) and, miraculously, none of them had glue. I caught on after the third or fourth kid. I knew these kids should have had glue. They had hidden their glue or given it to a friend to carry. A number of them were high. They were lying to me. The ones I knew were high or hiding glue did not get bananas. As such, only about five or six of them were given bananas… of 15. It made me angry that they would lie to me. I felt like my trust had been betrayed.

Forgiveness.

Yesterday, I called Joe in frustration. “Your kids are being brats today,” I said, somewhat disgusted. “Oh no. No, no, no. They are not my kids. They are our kids,” he replied. He went on to remind me that they really are good kids. They are not used to being treated the way we treat them (with love, kindness, and respect) and therefore, won’t always act the way we expect them to. I suppose with love comes disappointment… and joy.

I know God loves these children. I have a feeling Jesus would show his love for them if he were here… in fact, I’m pretty sure he would love them even if they lied to him. So, I will.

I spent the morning trying to construct financial statements for a women’s group. I’m trying to piece together information from a mish-mash of notes and random papers.

Now, I’m off to play soccer with the kids. Our kids.

–Kate

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2 Comments

  1. By: Mark & Resa Hamilton on November 11, 2009 at 6:48 am      

    Hello!
    There is a girl from Colorado in Africa near you, Kate. Her name is Heidi Elliott, I DON’T KNOW THE LOCATION on where she is. I hope your watch is still working ok.When are you coming back to the states? December or January.I love reading about the kids in Africa. Take care.
    Love,
    Mark & Resa

  2. By: David Kelch on November 14, 2009 at 8:18 pm      

    At church a couple weeks ago I heard a story about a guy who ran a homeless ministry. He was asked if he was ever concerned about being taken advantage of. He said he was certain he had been taken advantage of, but that was between God and those he ministers to. He said he would rather be taken advantage of than take the risk of not serving someone in need.

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