My Two Weeks in Kitale
It is hard to think that slightly over a month ago I had the opportunity to experience the beautiful country of Kenya. Before this life-changing experience, I had no expectation, I was full of excitement and anticipation. Now that I have been back in the United States for over a month, having had time to process and debrief, I can honestly say that I am changed forever. The culture, the children, and Milele Home will always be a part of my heart.
There are so many aspects of this trip I could choose to speak about, but one treasure of this journey that I will never forget will be the faces of the boys who have been dealt a rather rough hand. This group of boys (pictured below) who were once labeled “street boys”, known for things such as; begging for money or food to sustain them for a day, whose feet were bare and shirts shredded, boys who have run away from home for a variety of reasons looking for sustainability and something constant. These boys are now transformed, no longer labeled by their past. Each boy is unique and has their own story, but what they all have in common is a desire to change their destiny. Every single boy has found hope with Aiden Whisper, they have been drenched in love and support by Mama Margaret and Pastor Joel, as well as establishing an unbreakable bond with their fellow brothers.
On the third day in Kitale, Kenya we had all the boys over for brunch. With a wide spread of muffins and cereal (classic teenage boy food), the boys shared their stories. Looking into the eyes of each boy as they shared their journey, where they had been and who they want to be, I couldn’t help but look at them with tears in my eyes, knowing that they are forever changed. Being plucked out of a life that could have ultimately been fatal, now to a life where there is hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). There is no longer desperation or hopelessness but excitement for what is to come.
These young men are future husbands, fathers, astronauts, doctors, lawyers, teachers and there is nothing that will get in their way. They have seen darkness but they are moving victoriously in the light.
I am forever changed because of their choice to laugh at the face of danger (yes, I had to throw a Lion King quote in there). If these smiles don’t do something for you, nothing will.