Yesterday, I sat in a darkened mud hut, holding the hand of a teenage girl as she cried. She was beaten (again) on Sunday night by her aunt, in whose home she has lived for several years. “I am so tired,” she said slowly, her words weighted as if she had lived a long and difficult life of 80 years, rather than 15.
She has been trying to get away from this situation for some time now. Her latest attempt to escape led her to some unscrupulous men who promised to take her to Uganda and find her a job. The way she described them raised all my red flags. Traffickers. Yet, I praise God for intervening on her behalf. He brought someone to take her home before she left with the men.
Her aunt has repeatedly told her to “get out” and was livid when the girl returned home on Sunday night. My heart ached for the girl as she described the way her auntie beat her with a big stick until she fell to the ground. The auntie then began to kick her, refusing to heed the girl’s cries to stop. Left alone on her cot inside the hut all night, the girl’s thoughts turned to suicide. She has attempted to take her own life twice before. “This time, they will only find my dead body,” she told me.
I did not know what to do, but as I silently cried out to Jesus for guidance, He reminded me of Truth deeper than the girl’s reality.
“You know what? Jesus sees you. Yes, you’re hurting- because this was never the way your life was meant to be. You know that. God wants to give you a new life. He will open a way for you to be safe and protected. He will give you a new start. He promised to be strong enough when you are weak and tired. He loves you so much! He WILL take care of you, I can promise you that. This is the truth.”
Suddenly, my confidence in the Truth quivered as though pierced by a dart of doubt. “What if she isn’t protected and cared for?” doubt jeered. Inside, I responded quickly. “She WILL be protected and cared for. Jesus loves her and sees her need. He will NOT fail her!” I had boldly spoken the truth, and I knew that my Father would fulfill all of His promises spoken to the girl.
And, He did! Jesus is so faithful! Miraculously, in one day all the paperwork and authorizations came through so that she could join our family at Yei Children’s Village. She will live with us and find the safety, peace, and joy in the new life that Jesus has for her.
I love seeing God intervene, restoring hope where it has been stolen. This is why I’m here.
Praise God with me today! He proved Himself faithful to one teenage girl in Africa. Draw near to Him and believe that He will be all you need for whatever circumstances life brings you today! That is truth.