Tuesday’s Child – Volume 7

Posted: September 16, 2008 in Orphans
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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.


  1. Tracy says:

    Patiently waiting for Thursday….

  2. tamirice says:

    Waiting for Thursday, but not nearly as patiently as my dear friend Tracy!

  3. Stephenie says:

    Alright Bo. Getting my heart pumping and spirit stirred for unknown orphans around the world is one thing. But doing it with someone close to my heart is something VERY different!

    You’re gonna pay for this one on our coffee date next week! (Most likely in the form of pestering you to let me be a part of what you’re doing)
    Can’t wait! 🙂

    – Steph

  4. I feel like I’m the only one in America who never knew of this passion you have for the young women/orphans in Africa (and I’m positive other places) I cannot be more excited for what is to come for these girls. And I’m eager for Thursday….

  5. bolovesjoe says:

    Everyone is SO impatient! And I love that about you guys…

  6. Tracy says:

    I just wanted to give you a reminder that tomorrow is Thursday and I know with busy schedules we sometimes forget what day it is and the promises we made to post….so in 12 hours I’ll check back….

  7. bolovesjoe says:

    Tracy…you are funny, funny lady! If you could just HEAR me laughing right now at your comedy, you would laugh along, I’m sure of it. 🙂 I’ve been LIVING for Thursday! Living for it. But I certainly do appreciate the reminder.

    P.S. I think we’re thinking coffee the week after next, yes? Still working on a time…WHY is the calendar such a tyrant?

  8. tamirice says:

    Ok Bo…it’s 7:45 on Thursday morning. I have been up since 5:30 and have been patiently (?) waiting to check the blog until the last possible minute before going to work. Just a reminder that you did promise Thursday and I am here…patiently…sort of!

  9. […] or not they know it or feel like it – are the richest people in the world. If we can send an orphan like Judy to college, that’s amazing and wonderful. But if we can – in the process – create a generation […]

  10. Patty Reilly says:

    I am enjoying reading more about this whole project Bo.
    You really motivated people today at Selah! The Holy Spirit was working and using you. I sat behind you and your daughters and bugged you a little bit. :o)
    Our Women’s Ministries Team really appreciate your gifts!

  11. bolovesjoe says:

    Thanks, Patty – so good to hear from you! I totally remember you…beautiful hair. 🙂

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