She’s the youngest girl we’ve ever rescued.
12 year old children shouldn’t be mothers.
But sometimes you don’t get a choice and life sends you to the school of hard knocks and you have to learn everything the hard way.
It’s been two and a half years and only God can turn an abused child into a loving mother.
Today, when she skipped out of her 6th grade class, my heart skipped a beat, too.
The first words out of her mouth were about my kids.
While she’s in school during the day, she’s a happy child again and her classmates have no idea she’s a mother at Rehema House at night. There aren’t instructions for this kind of life education, but God is slowly restoring her childhood while also making her a caring mother and she and her 2 year old son are thriving.
And if you still don’t believe in the miraculous, then this little student might just make you believer. When she walked out of her classroom today, all I could think about was the 3 pound baby girl that near death when we found her. Her young mother, once an indentured servant, is now a junior at the day high school down the street. It’s hard to even believe she is the same mother who had no idea she was even pregnant until she gave birth and offered her newborn drops of water from a wash cloth the first 3 days of her life because she didn’t know her body made life-giving milk.
This little one walked right up to me like she remembered all the selfies and smiles I’ve offered these past 4 years and wrapped her arms around me. Friends, I’m not going to lie, that school play yard was holy ground.
And once again, God schooled me in the impossible.
Today was exam day in our small salon and these new students were anxious for customers. I was happy to sit down and help them ace their test. I’m pretty sure they got extra credit just for attempting to braid my tangly mass of hair and paint my jagged nails.
Loving and learning from these young girls that the world has used and abused has taught me so much about God’s great love for us. And it’s taught me a lot about myself too.
Because nothing will show you the face of God like hope.
Nothing will remind you of your weakness like God’s strength.
Nothing will send you to your knees like believing for the impossible.
Nothing will turn your test into a testimony like struggling or failing a test.
Maybe life’s been schooling you, too, and you’re having a hard time passing the exams that come your way. Some lessons knock the wind right out of us. But God is faithful and He’s the best at giving us what we need even if it means a trip to the school of hard knocks, so take a lesson from these precious students and don’t give up.
School isn’t a dreaded chore for students in Kenya and countries like it around the globe-it’s a privilege that countless children long to have. We still need 39 sponsors and for just $21 a month, you can help keep our girls and their children in school once the begin their second year in the maternity home and long after they graduate. Education is an amazing way to give these young moms a second chance at the childhood they have lost and at the same time it offers their miracle children a future.