Edith Awino came to us in October of 2007. We had just returned from a trip to the U.S. to do some fundraising, found a new house to rent, and finally made the decision to actually locate some orphaned girls to live with us. It was pretty major.
I was scared of the commitment. I was scared of the financial needs. I was scared of following Jesus into the unknown.
Thankfully I am married to a brave woman. She convinced me that this was the right thing for us to do.
We met Edith’s mother here in Nakuru. She was sick, abandoned, and preparing for death. We fed her and began the work of convincing her to allow us to take her to the hospital. It’s not always easy to convince someone that there is hope for them, especially when there really isn’t much hope at all.
We asked her what she needed the most. It wasn’t money, food, medicine, or clothes. All she requested was help in finding a place for her 4 year old daughter to live. She knew the end was near.
We promised to take Edith into our home when the time came.
That time came just a few days later.
Edith was the first orphaned girl to move into our home. The first girl we tried to offer a Future and a Hope.
Edith’s aunts, uncles, and grandparents refused to take care of her. I can’t figure out why. She is precious, beautiful, and full of life. Much joy has been brought to our house since that day she walked through our door.
She has been with us almost 3 years now, and is a happy little girl with a future.