I met two brothers last week and they were really nice. One is in grade 5 and the other in grade 6. They are teaching me créole and I’m teaching them french. They told me a bit about their background. Their father was in a car accident when they were really young and he’s now mentally ill but he can’t seek any help because it’s too expensive. Their mother is too poor to take care of them so they live with their aunt who is also poor. Yesterday they couldn’t go to school because they weren’t able to pay. God thankfully provided and today they were able to go. It’s important that they go to school especially this week because the students are in exams.These kids are extremely intelligent and do very well in school. I really hope that they can eventually graduate and move on the university, find a job and get out of that misery.
Because other students know that their father is mentally ill they don’t let them play soccer with them saying ‘they don’t know how to play because their father is crazy’. It hurts them a lot when people say that and you can see the pain in their eyes.
It took me a while to realize that these kids actually have nothing but they are the happiest people I know. They always have a smile and are ready to help anyone. Today they took time out of their day to get coconuts for the sisters. They even prepared them for us.
I find that it’s more often the people who have nothing that give the most. I’m really touched by these boys. May God continue to bless them.
This is a good reminder for me that I should be more selfless and think of others needs before myself.
Please pray for these boys.