At the Arise Africa home, our goal is to raise these kids as apart of a larger community. They attend a local school as well as attend a local church. Our hearts behind having a home is to make sure that our kids experience life and not confine them to institutional living. This means that our kids go to Sunday School each week and as our kids get older they start attending youth groups. Because of this, our kids have grown to love the body of Christ.
With that comes responsibility and involvement that goes further than them just receiving. Last week at church, our pastor requested that people come and help plant trees and plants on the church grounds. What better way for our boys to start connecting and serving at the local church. Instead of going to their weekly football game, Abraham who many of you know and love, picked up the boys and took them to church to help out.
Of course the boys were a bit bummed out at first when they heard they were not going to their football practice. However, once they got there and started helping out, they began to see that other people were giving of their time and they jumped right in. Armond loves gardening, so I think he actually liked this more than football!
The boys worked really hard and gave it their all, so what better reward than pizza and ice cream!
As we sat there, they were tired and dirty, but I could see that they had enjoyed giving back and had a sense of accomplishment. When there was one slice of pizza left, I asked the boys who deserves the last slice? Armond, the shy one that he is didn’t have much to say. Fred said, “I deserve it because I worked hard at planting trees” and out of nowhere Mukonda replied, “I deserve it because I am a better dancer than both of these guys!” They decided to share it as good brothers do.
It makes me so proud to see these boys living as brothers. To see the changes happening in their lives and in their hearts is such a miracle from God. All I can say is…get ready world because we have three young men who are destined for greatness!