Though I’ve never met this young lady, she’s become dear to my heart over the past few months. Her name is Judy and she is one of “God’s Dear Somebody’s” at Kings Kids Village in Nairobi. Judy came to KKV two years ago and she has quite a story. Her mama died while giving birth to a baby named Siefa. Judy’s uncle came, took everything they had, and then told her that – now that she was alone – she would have no way of caring for the baby and needed to kill him. Judy refused and at just 13 years old, began caring for herself and Siefa and hoping she would find a place to call home. When Siefa was two months old, God led her to Kings Kids Village where they took her and her brother in, giving them a safe home and relief from the constant fear and despair so many children experience as they struggle to be the sole provider for a family left parentless. Here’s a picture of Judy (on the right) and Siefa the day they came to KKV:
She doesn’t look very happy, does she? Turns out, Judy had a secret. She was hiding the fact that she had another brother – an 11-year-old who had stayed behind and was at the mercy of the terrible uncle. After a week at the orphanage, Judy mustered up her courage and approached “Mama Molly” (my amazing sister-in-law) and told her about Michael. Molly launched a rescue operation and Michael was soon walking through the gates of KKV, to join his brother and sister in their wonderful new home. Take a look at Judy now:
I have a video of Judy that is precious to me and I hope to post it soon. She is a young lady who is full of life and… a certain electricity. She could be anything she wants to be, and what she wants to be is a pilot. Does it seem crazy that someone like Judy would imagine that she could become something more than a survivor? It seems a little crazy to me…and a whole lot “right”.
I think the idea of turning an orphan into a pilot or a doctor or a teacher or a lawyer is just delicious and it gives me goosebumps! If you feel the same way, please, oh PLEASE show up here around this time Thursday.