God works in mysterious ways.
For a while, I have been wanting to take a boy, named Daudi Mutisya, to the eye doctor. He is a 1st grade student that has a really hard time seeing in class. His father, or at least who we thought was his father, is crippled in both legs. His home life is not easy. It took some time to contact his parents and get prepared to take him. Finally, last week, Bro. Tom, the boy, his father and I were in the car, about to drive to town to see the eye doctor. The father turned around to see the boy sitting with me in the back seat. He informed us that this boy was not his son. We did not know what to say. We were completely surprised. He said his son is a 4th grade boy named Gilbert Daudi, that has a problem with his eyes. The boy that we had in the vehicle was Daudi Mutisya. It is very common for people to go by their first or second name here, so the father did not think anything of us referring to his son by his second name. We had the right boy but the wrong parent.
We had no choice but to go back to school and resolve the matter. I had unknowingly promised this man that I would take his son to the eye doctor. How could I turn him away now? It seemed that God had a plan for both boys to see well. I went back into school and found Gilbert Daudi in class. His teacher confirmed to me that this boy truly had a problem seeing. We contacted Daudi Mutisya’s mother and arranged for both parents and both boys to go with us to the eye doctor the next day.
In the midst of this confusion, I was met with my second surprise of the day. I was informed that I have visitors in the library. I am in charge of the library right now and I wasn’t expecting anyone so I quickly went into the library to see who had come. I saw no one so I asked again. I was then directed to a box in the library, where I found two small kittens. It seems that while we had been gone over the weekend, a cat had slipped into the school and given birth. I am not an animal person, but I do care about the well-being of animals. I just care more about people. I didn’t want these sweet things to die, and certainly not in the library. I had no idea if the mother had abandoned them. They seemed well and weren’t making any noise. They silently sat in the library for a couple days, with hundreds of children coming in and out and the children never knew.
You can never know what a day will bring, living in Kenya. As I arranged on how to take both boys to the eye doctor, I found myself googling signs of abandonment of kittens by their mother. We determine that the mother must be coming in at night and feeding them. There was no way to know for sure, but I just hoped and prayed it was so.
Leaving the kittens in school, the next morning we left for town again. This time, we had both Daudi’s and their parents. The boys were examined by the doctor. Gilbert’s eyes are healthy. He just needed glasses. He received his glasses last week and his teacher has told me she has seen a significant improvement in him. Daudi Mutisya’s eyes are much worse and he was given some eye drops for allergies and lenses for astigmatism. Daudi Mutisya glasses took longer to come in. He just received them today.
With everything happening, I was still concerned about the kittens, but I just had to believe they were okay, because surely they could not survive three or four days without food. Finally, last Thursday, I got my answer. We were in the field late, having a dual track meet with a neighboring school. When I came in to get my things from the library, the lights were off and everyone was gone. I switched on the light to see a mama cat curled up in the box feeding her two young kittens. To keep from alarming her, I quickly got my things and happily left her in peace. The following day I found the kittens gone. The mother must have decided our library wasn’t quiet enough for her babies.
I continue to say that a life lived for the Lord is truly is the greatest adventure. Thank you to every person, church and organization that supports New Hope Fund. Many have generously given to our specific projects at New Hope, but it is the general donations that allow us to meet unexpected needs like this one. I know that the boys and their families would want to express their thanks to you. If it were not for your generosity, I would have had to turn away one of these boys or not had the funds to help either of them at all. Thank you and God bless you! Gilbert Daudi and Daudi Mutisya are seeing much better now, but I pray one day they will also receive the eternal sight that comes with the saving grace of Jesus.
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