At this point, a man took advantage of her desperate desire to finish high school. He told her that if she ran away from home with him, he would take her to Nairobi where he would put her in school.
|Lydia and Blessed... just after we met them|
We met her at the age of 17, after she had escaped with the help of her neighbors, when the man tried to kill both her and her now 2 week old baby. He had never put her into school. He was a drunk, whose motive had just been to lure her into being his “mistress” in a Nairobi slum.
We have walked with Lydia and her baby Blessed for almost a year now.
One afternoon, when Blessed was about 1 month old, Lydia came to our house, screaming - "Mama Sam! Mama Sam!" Blessed's tongue, fingers and toes were blue - she was barely breathing! We rushed to the hospital... I prayed through out that whole drive that God would keep this precious little girl just breathing! She lived!!!
Lydia has been working 12 hours every day, 6 days each week - earning a little less than 3 dollars - just enough for food and rent.
But she has dreams!
She shared with us in December that she would really love to work in a salon.
Today we registered Lydia at a beauty school in Nairobi.
Sometimes, when it feels like there is no hope, God brings a light... a new beginning!
It was such a JOY to me to watch this "LIGHT" register on Lydia's face!
|Our celebratory lunch together|
No one is left out in Jeremiah's words of promise...
Not even a teen-aged girl, trafficked from her home, abandoned with her baby... GOD'S promise even rings true for her!
"...I'll show up and take care of you as I promised... I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for." Jer 29:11
|Lydia in front of her new school building... She looks so young and tiny - my reminder to pray for her in this new world, out of the slum|
During the next 10 months, we have committed to supporting Lydia and Blessed so that she could quit her job and go to school. The expenses... from getting her birth certificate (she never had one and needs it to complete her diploma) to food, rent, and transport amount to about $150 per month for the next 10 months. If you would like to be a part of helping Lydia, we invite you to join us! Please e-mail me or send any donations through pay pal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much!