The children in the picture are three young boys from Burundi who I was able to spend time with. They were particularly fortunate in the fact that their entire family was able to relocate and eventually become one again. Even in this extreme stroke of good fortune, I was immensely saddened by their flight from their home country and the violence that was left behind. Many, many do not have anywhere near such a happy ending as this family. One thing that struck me, however, was that through this immense culture shock and change, they were still resilient and happy. They had experienced the simple gift and joy of life on a level I could ever imagine. Their strength was inspiring, and it helped us work even harder to make sure they found their home with us here in Lexington; to make sure they felt safe, secure, loved and welcomed and that they truly were meant to be there.
This quest to have a safe home and to feel secure in their own skin and world is what I anticipate us working towards in Kenya. These girls have had an extremely harsh brush with life, and yet still possess that hope and love that is arguably one of the greater gifts from God to mankind. The fact that we can feel such extreme compassion and care for one another is truly unique. As I stated previously, my heart was broken for these girls and their situations; they don't have that safe home that so many of us have known at least part of our lives. I pray that in this trip, God can use each of us to help them further the formation of a good life, one that is appropriate for their culture and worldview, and also secure and safe enough to truly be worthy of the title "home".