On June 30, 2005 I never imagined what our son, Daniel James’ future would hold, but I knew from THIS day forward, it would be brighter than his past.
He came from a village in Madisi with Traditional Authority from the Chakhazas. After both of his parents died, his uncle took him in and provided shelter and what little food he had to offer. Daniel herded cattle everyday instead of attending school. When Daniel’s health began to suffer, our generous chief, Napoleon Dzombe brought him to Mtendere Village.
Most people ignored Daniel, because he was “too old” to be cared for or “tamed” ….he was 14 when he came to us. Of course we were warned not to add teenagers to our village, because of so many “issues” they would bring… BUT WE ASKED OURSELVES…. “WHAT IF…..”
“WHAT IF it was US who had never known what a family was and then were thrown into a village full of strangers, rules, chores, three meals a day, a bed, clothing, school, and .…
LOVE for the first time in our life?”
Just like any family, we had our groans & aches, mistakes & achievements. We are all so much better for it all! God gave us the patience, guidance, & wisdom to be the best family we could be for Daniel!
After seven years, I am happy to say that our Daniel has graduated from college and is now working as a general clerk for Mtalimanja Holdings Ltd.
Dear Daniel-We are so proud of you! Please go out into the world and pay it forward in Jesus’ name!
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