We have some precious Sudanese staff who live here at our base and help to care for the children.
One of them we will call Grandma R. She is a kind, elderly woman, who spends her days laughing and playing with the toddlers and her evenings in conversation with the teenage kids around their coffee fire.
Once, I asked one of the teenage kids what they thought of Grandma R. The girl replied, “She really loves us.”
Here is Grandma R’s story, as she told me this afternoon.
“I am an old woman, and I am a widow.
Before, I was all alone in this world. Even the two grandchildren I had are dead. I had many worries. Too many worries. I couldn’t even sleep peacefully at night because of so many preoccupying thoughts.
But, God made a way for me. He brought me to come work here with Iris Ministries.
Now, I have so many grandchildren. On every side, I see my grandchildren. I move to that side of the compound and I play with that grandchild. Then, I go and sit with another grandchild. If I’m thirsty, one of the grandchildren brings me a cup of water.
I’m so happy here. My worrying all stopped when I came here. I sleep in peace at night. I don’t have any more demonic encounters, like I had before.
I’m not alone. I am so happy, and – you see – I am even growing fat and strong! The work is so good, and I thank God.
We shouldn’t worry. I used to be full of worries before, but now I just want to look at Jesus.
God is good. Truly, He cares for the widows.”