Katie Harvey, Storyteller Intern
This year one of the new girl students brought her precious baby, Angel, with her. When they first came to MITS, Angel was so little one might think that she was a newborn. We estimated she was around 3 months old. Angel was born on the streets and lived there for the first few months. Because of this, she was extremely malnourished. I learned over the summer that when babies are malnourished, they can’t laugh a ‘normal’ laugh. Which made sense to me because sometimes I couldn’t tell if she was laughing or crying.
While Angel has been here I have seen her grow and become stronger. One night when I was at the girls' place for a bible study I was holding Angel while the girls were finishing dinner. I will never forget this night because it was the first time I heard her laugh! I was filled with JOY to hear this sound! This laugh meant so much.
This got me thinking about the joy that God must feel when we have our ‘firsts’. Sometimes we might face trials and fall off track with our relationship with God. We become malnourished from lack of His word in our life. We’re fighting to stay alive. To be rescued. Once we come back and have our “first laugh” with God, like reading the Bible, I can only imagine He is overwhelmed with JOY. He is joyous because His child is coming back to Him.
So, I challenge you today if you feel like you haven’t laughed with God in a while, talk to Him. Say a prayer. A simple prayer. Open your Bible, read a passage that once moved something in you. Find your way back to God. He hasn’t gone anywhere!
Darlene Coulston, Founder
Laurent is here on his leave also – he was in our very first “school” in 1996. My mom taught him to read. He has been working in Kenyatta University catering dept. for all those years. He too is happy to come help.
I read Narnia tales to the newest students, have for years. While I was gone, an intern, Madeline, read to them – the kids loved it. I can see a three-month improvement in these students’ manners and especially their English. Wow.
Last week, we had some of the single MITS Team over. We talked about the students, told funny stories, and Charles and I shared some early stories of MITS. We fed our guests hamburgers, and then we wanted them to experience roasting marshmallows. To start with, our “marshmallows” are from Mumbai. Then, we didn’t have enough charcoal briquettes and no charcoal lighter (only thing we had was “surgical spirits” – bad idea), and only old files to use as paper kindling. So imagine lots of smoke, and marshmallows that won’t lightly brown…..! We still had fun but won’t do that again, ha.
We love our two lives. This ministry is a joy to us. We rejoice in the Team; they truly love the students and each other. They have fun with them. They know how to do “LIFE.” It is wonderful to see teens come in from the streets, learn and grow, and go out to honor Jesus in the workplace.
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