|Visiting Antony 2006|
I have had the incredible privilege to travel to Kenya (Meru, Isiolo, Marere, Njuruta) three times (2005, 2006, 2007) working along side Food for the Hungry. This is a brilliant ministry and I have gotten to know many wonderful people in the communities in which we have served. I miss it and really hope I will be able to return in the future. An amazing part of visiting Kenya and working with the communities there has been the opportunity for me to meet and visit with one of my sponsored children (Antony) and his family. I first met them when Antony was 5 years old and in kindergarden. Antony and his twin brother Lawrence were the most A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E children. I fell in love with them immediately. Meeting them provided such a connection and made the sponsored child concept so much more real - and necessary! It had a great impact on me to see the circumstances in which these children live (orphaned by parents to AIDS) - how they walked barefooted on very rugged terrain for many kilometers to get to and from school. What incredible children. I loved getting to see their living situation, meet their grandmother and caretaker and see how they keep all the letters and pictures we send. Sponsoring children makes such an impact on the child and community and I would highly encourage that you too sponsor a child if you aren't already. If you are interested please visit http://www.fh.org/give/sponsor/whatitis .
Earlier this month, my friend Kelly who I have gone to Kenya with returned to Kenya. She was able to connect with Antony and his family. These boys have grown. I guess that is what happens over five years:) I am so thankful that Kelly was able to see them and bring my love to them. I have included some pictures to show how much they have grown.
|Antony and Lawrence 2006|
|Lawrence and Antony 2011 (from Kelly's visit)|