Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Fabric of Hope in Kenya

Through Extreme Response and Samford's GMS program, I have been blessed with an internship of nine weeks in Nyeri, Kenya. During this internship, I will be working at a rescue center for orphaned or at risk children. This wonderful home is called Belwop, which means: Better Life without papers. The home is run by a beautiful woman named, Veronica Mumbi. Veronica believes that "It is the best thing in the world to know what you are created for."

As soon I arrived to Nyeri and hugged the woman I had been emailing for the past two years, I could see Jesus in her. We embraced as if we had known each other our whole lives. Veronica is an amazing woman. I cannot wait to learn everything I can from her these next few weeks. As she began her story, she told me how she moved from job to job but she was never satisfied. She felt that God was calling her to something more. She just did not know what that was. 

Veronica simply said, "Yes" to God's plan. Children began coming to her through other people that were in very bad living conditions and Veronica opened her home and heart to help them. Now she is "Mum" to over 40 children and counting. She has built a school for them. Now, they are provided with a stable home, food, clothing, and eduction. However, most importantly Veronica shares Jesus with these children. They can have hope, joy, and peace despite their past circumstances because Jesus lives inside their hearts. 
I have learned so much just in these few short days and I cannot wait to see what God shows me next. At Belwop, I help out with the school on the compound that opened in January. So far, I have been teaching class 4, or 4th grade. However, Veronica has a new dream. 

God has recently placed on her heart women who have suffered from rape and abuse. She built a safe house for these women called, The Hope House. Here, the women receive food, shelter, healthcare, and counseling. Someone kindly donated sewing machines to the Hope House a few months ago. Veronica came up with, Fabric of Hope. Through this project, the girls would be able to see dresses and learn a skill to help them make a living on their own when they leave the Hope House. Unfortunately, Veronica does not have the resources to provide a seamstress for the girls to learn. For a mere $175 a month, a local seamstress could be hired full time to help these beautiful women regain their sense of self-value and to begin to rebuild their lives. While I am here, I hope to raise awareness about this situation and encourage people to give if they feel lead. This is an overwhelming task for Veronica, but I believe that where God guides, He will also provide. 

- Samford University student, Anna Boldt