“Learn to do good; Seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.” –Isaiah 1:17
Samuel stole our hearts years ago when he joined our Hope Africa Family after tragically losing both parents (see https://hopeafricakids.org/samuels-voice/). He has progressed so far in spite of his many challenges, now attending school, caring for himself, doing chores, and helping his adoptive mother, Grace. Some may have thought he could not do much, so why try? Schools rejected having him in their classrooms because of his special needs, but Grace loved him and cared for him as her own. She faithfully followed every instruction given by doctors, educators and physical therapists. His improvement physically, socially and academically has astounded us, and today he is attending a small pre-school close to his home. He walks to school by himself, cheerfully greeting friends and neighbors on the way…everyone loves Samuel!
Grace and Samuel have taught us that all children are important to God, so they should be important to us too! Grace is a widow and often has to care for her own grandchildren, but she didn’t allow her circumstances to stand in the way of helping a child in need. Samuel has shown the people of Kapchorwa that children can overcome many obstacles and have a God-given purpose, no matter what their needs may be. Samuel brings joy and life wherever he goes, and celebrated with all our sponsored children at the Christmas Party this year, stealing their hearts and teaching them what it means to love all people. We love you Samuel!
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