Today is Monday. All weekend I wondered what Monday would bring and prayed often.
It is the day when we knew we would see how much damage had been done to our morning class with all the rumours that a few members of this community where we live had decided to start telling in order to secure themselves some money and a job. Corruption and people wanting to line their pockets is nothing new in Africa, but we prayed it would not touch these girls. We did the best we could at a parent meeting on Friday morning to dispel the rumours and let the truth ring out. We assured the parents their daughters were safe with us.
And it would appear that truth has won out. We had 28 girls (out of 30) present for the morning class! 2 were sick and are expected back when they are feeling better. The afternoon class is also all accounted for. Even the two sisters of the major instigator of all the problems (who swore he would never let them come!) were sitting in class working away this morning. I could not hold back the tears. Thus far, we have not lost a single girl from this malicious behaviour. And truly we have you to thank. I told Paul and Rebecca- these people don’t know what they are up against. There are over 250 prayer partners out there who are lifting this situation up and putting these girls and their future in God’s hands. We won’t go down without a fight. And all weekend I felt that assuredness and peace in my heart like never before. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I doubt that this is the end, but we hope that the hard part is over. I am sure they will make some more efforts to control the school or use their girls as pawns, but they have seen we will not let that happen. The girls are back after 3 days absence when people in the community literally chased them away. We believe that good speaks for itself. These girls will tell their parents that they love this school, they love what they learn, and I believe they feel our love for them in their hearts. You are making a difference. Don’t stop praying. Every day we enter this battlefield and you are what keeps us moving forward!
And so today- this picture is what JOY looks like!