EDOU making widows’ heart sing


In this news article Brian shares his experience from his recent trip to Kikandwa. Kikandwa is our seed village.


Thanks to EDOU faithful partners, this week I have been quite engaged with my charity work – buying scholastic materials for EDOU children, visiting, talking and listening to them, going to schools and paying fees for this year’s first academic term begins in a few days time. I listened to stories. One was of a man who thanked me or rather EDOU for keeping my word. Two of EDOU children hadn’t paid school fees for two terms since May 2013 because we didn’t have money. I had told the head teacher, “Please let the children study, we’ll pay.” I didn’t know exactly when we would pay but I trusted God we would. He agreed and when we got the money, six months later, in January 2014, before he called me, I went and paid. God had helped me keep my word and the reputation of our charity. And what that means is that EDOU can always be trusted going forward.

Then one of the widows whose 7-year old girl EDOU support was glad to see me. “Oh, uncle you’re here,” she beamed. This woman is 35 years old and her husband died mysteriously about three years ego leaving her helplessly with nine children. “Uncle, it’s been a while,” she showed concern. EDOU had financial difficulties in the last half of 2013 so hadn’t visited them. “We have been praying wondering what happened to you, pondering our children education. Now that you’re here, my heart has rested,” she smiled.

And that was before a beneficiary mother who stood beside me told her; “Woman, you don’t know yet. He’s not only here but he’s already paid our children school fees.” Oh, the widow’s heart sung! Smiling like when Abraham saw baby Isaac, she fronted her hands to shake mine, wanting to hug me and kneeling down at the same! It was humbling. God stirred up my heart. It was moving. These are scenes you don’t see in lots of jobs in this world. I said; “We’re glad the Lord has enabled us do this kind of work. Let’s trust him even more.” The two women couldn’t stop but praised God for I have made them understand that it’s all about Jesus.

Off I proceeded to another home of our 12-year old P.6 girl, Sharon. I had bought her an Atlas book and a dictionary among other scholastic materials. Sharon is impressive in her performance. With the dictionary she would learn English better and Atlas would help her in her Social studies. But I had forgotten to buy a ream of papers and a box file. So I took her along to a bookshop. “You don’t know how much relief you have done to my father,” she said on leaving the bookshop. “When I brought the report card indicating that the school required us to take these items, dad was puzzled. He doesn’t have money and didn’t know what to do. This is a big relief to him. Thank you. I am happy and I know everyone at home is going to be.”

 

I was moved by what the girl said and amazed at how big an impact a few pounds can make. It is stories like these that keep me going with my charity work even when the journey is tough. This is the core of EDOU’s existence. Mobilizing resources however, to do this kind of work remains our biggest challenge. We trust God that through the “Be a Partner Be EDOU Ambassador” campaign we shall meet our Ananias.

Just to conclude my day with Sharon, before I saw her off, I asked; “Do you have sugar at home?” She replied, “No, in fact it’s from a neighbour that we got this morning.” I bought a kilogram of sugar and bread. She returned home smiling. I came back worshipping:


“Oh, Lord you’re high and lifted up,
The Glory of the Nations
Lord you’re high and lifted up
Lord of the earth you’re high and lifted up,
Creator, Redeemer and I will boast in only you!

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