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This picture was taken in March of 2017. Dan and Dan

This picture was taken in March of 2017. Dan and Dan

2 boys...2 lost boys. Both named Dan. Danny Chapia and Dan Kamau. They ran from their home because basic needs were not being met, there wasn't any money for their school fees and there was abuse. Living on the streets sounded better to their young minds than enduring the painful life they lived. They'd seen other boys living on the street and it didn't look so bad compared to what they were living. But they didn't know just how harsh the streets would be to them or how long they would stay there. Being a streetboy seems to be an endless cycle. Often times if the child tries to return home they are rejected or the same old struggles are there so they return to the streets again and again. Most streetboys desire to go to school, yet they are addicted to glue and can't just stop on their own, so school isn't an option without a home to live in. In Kenya streetboys are viewed as trash so not many are willing to open their home or hearts to these boys.

When we met them and I learned some of their story my heart broke. Every child deserves to have a family. I couldn't imagine a child hating their home life so much that they'd rather live on the streets. But, I was new to Kenya and didn't yet realize the harsh side of Kenya. While I'll never fully understand it, I have a better picture of it now. If there is love, food and safety missing from your home you start to question things and see no real reason to stay. Lots of times alcohol abuse is involved and often it is a family issue, so they don't have the option to just go and stay with an aunt or grandma.

This picture was taken in June of 2019 💙💙💙. Danny Chapia and Dan Kamau

This picture was taken in June of 2019 💙💙💙. Danny Chapia and Dan Kamau

2 years has gone by and both of these boys still live at Mercy Home. Many of you will likely say they are blessed to be here, but we are the ones who are blessed. We get to help raise these children in a good way. We get to share the Gospel with them on a regular basis. We get to be the one to meet needs that have previously gone unmet. We get to watch the growth, the emotional and physical growth. We are beyond blessed to get to live life with these boys (and every other child living at Mercy Home). We absolutely have hard days, we have had heartbreaking days, but it is worth it. They are worth every tear that is shed and every pain our hearts feel. They are worth every FB post where I feel like I'm begging for money and they are worth every late night we spend talking and planning for their future.

Please keep these boys in your prayers. They have a lot of potential and can do anything they want to do after high school thanks to a support system like you! Pray that they will lean on Him and live their life for Him because we know that He is where true life is found.

If you'd like to learn more about sponsoring any of our beautiful children here at Mercy Home you can go to the link below. 💜

https://afm.ngo/mercy-home-sponsorship

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If You've Ever Wondered Why...

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If You've Ever Wondered Why...

If you've ever wondered why we have stayed in Kenya after all of our sickness, after all of our troubles, after being chased from our home, after being physically attacked...

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The Ones We Have to Leave Behind

On Thursday of last week while doing our main weekly shopping trip we ended up bringing one of the street boys home to live with us. Of course this wasn't planned, but this is Kenya and little that we plan actually happens, so no better time then right then 🙂. After doing some shopping for food items and walking out of one of our frequented supermarkets we heard "Jeff! Jeff! Jeff!", we suddenly found ourselves surrounded by 4 or 5 street boys. These boys are the same ones who manage to find us almost every time we are in Bungoma, but I will admit that we aren't hard to find because of our light skin color. They all started telling us they wanted to go to "shule", which is school in swahili, and they were hungry. Wayne, the one we ended up bringing home, was among the boys that was begging us for help. I was excited to see him because I hadn't seen him in a couple of weeks and the first time I met him, I just knew he was supposed to be here at Mercy Children's Home.

While standing outside the supermarket Jeff, Ray and myself are all looking at eachother and trying to quickly and quietly discuss bringing Wayne home. We are all in agreement so we get Nickson (mine and Jeff's driver and friend) to translate that he can come home with us, BUT no glue, he has to follow the rules, he has to go to school and if he leaves MCH he won't be allowed back. Wayne agreed and just like that he was ready to go.

Wayne with Ray, Brendan, and Karson, headed home to MCH

Wayne with Ray, Brendan, and Karson, headed home to MCH

So happy Thursday for us right? We were able (thanks to all those who support us) to pull another "parentless" child off the streets of Bungoma, bring him home, get him cleaned up, fed and registered for school. While this was a happy moment for us it also included a heartbreaking one.

Eugene (Left) and Dan (who now lives at MCH) about 2 months ago

Eugene (Left) and Dan (who now lives at MCH) about 2 months ago

While Wayne and his giant smile is trying to get on the motorbike and Ray is trying to get the bike out of the spot it is parked in, Eugene starts to get on as well. Nickson steps in and tries to explain to Eugene that he can't go today. Eugene just couldn't accept that and continued to try and get on over and over again. Jeff ended up having to hold a tearful little boy back so Ray could leave with Wayne.

Eugene when Wayne left to live at MCH

Eugene when Wayne left to live at MCH

Eugene, Eugene, we have spent a lot of time with him. He and Dan were close and he always finds us. I will be honest and say until last month I've said "nope not that one" about Eugene many, many times. Eugene's English is minimal, his behavior can be less than desirable, his glue habit seems to be severe and his situation is complicated. We have been told by Dan that Eugene has a home that he goes to every night, just no family that really cares, so he returns to the streets to beg every day. I just couldn't see Eugene working out here, but since we brought Dan home, I've really been able to see Eugene's heart. He always asks about Dan, asked me to make a video for Dan to see and even sent a green balloon home to him. It was then I was able to see past the glue and the annoying behaviors and just see a boy who needs someone on his side.

Nickson talking to Eugene

Nickson talking to Eugene

Eugene's Video to Dan

When will we go back for Eugene? Well Dan and Wayne are stable enough for us to bring home another street boy, but we are out of beds for boys. The boys dorm isn't finished yet, but Ray has graciously opened up his room to be the temporary boys dorm. Right now we have 5 boys sleeping in 4 beds in Ray's room and they are making it work. The temporary boys dorm could hold 2 more Mercy Beds, but we have an immediate need for 1 more before we can take in any more boys. The Mercy Bed (triple bunk bed) itself is costing us about $200 for materials and labor plus another $150 for the 3 mattresses. Once we have the funds to build another bed we will have the carpenter come back and get started on a bed for Eugene.

One of our Mercy Beds, designed by Evan Bys and built here at MCH

One of our Mercy Beds, designed by Evan Bys and built here at MCH

What a blessing it is to know that the stories of Dan, Wayne, Abigeal, Robai, Diana, Elica, Charity and Vivian are being changed. But at the same time it is heartbreaking to personally know many whose stories are not being changed but desperately need to be. We continue to pray and trust that God will complete the good work He has started here. Thank you to all of you who are a part of changing their story, I doubt you will ever fully know the incredible impact that you are having here. Your prayers are greatly appreciated and felt.

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