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We received the following inspiring mail from Alyssa Magnusson one of the Co-Founder and Creative Director of FIKISHA, and thought of sharing it with you.
So much of what we do as Christians, and coincidently, FIKISHA workers is to share hope with others. No matter what state we are in, or how much money or food we have (or don’t have) HOPE is the one thing that we can always give. Being hopeless is a terrible feeling, devoid of joy and more importantly, devoid of God. We are working with individuals whose situation does not inspire hope. This very world, sin and evil are all working to take hope away and replace it with sadness, loneliness and a lack of purpose. In helping others, and ourselves, we must be sure to focus our hope IN Christ, not simply having hope FOR something.  In Mark it says to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that we have- that is why it is our calling to SHARE it with everyone.
THe article I was reading was specifically about how LISTENING (and how we do it) can actually inspire hope within others. Our goal should be to listen just as Christ in us listens. To help them get to a place of disclosure and self discovery through talking, can open their soul to growing. Our work with the Miracle Boys is a challenge, but here are some tips to help be a listener that inspires each individual to find hope and grow.
First, we must be present, available and giving our full attention. But also to be truly present, each must be vulnerable. Prepared to give everything of ourselves to God’s work in the one we are listening to.
Next, we need to ask Christ to fill us with more compassion than judgement. It is important to accept each person as they are now, because we love them and know that it is more important to give them space to grow (your relationship) than to judge them and send them away.
The third tip was – Don’t just “communicate” experience a “communion”. This means truly feel what is behind the words. Have an authentic experience, not just a “mentor session.”
Last was the importance of Patience and consistency. The patience comes from a place of keeping ourselves focused on what the other person may become…how they may grow. Show them you are always going to be there, no matter how hard it is. “Stay focused on the light within, even with the most wretched and despised of humankind” This will bring about trust and, with God’s help, hope.
The writer went on to say that establishing trust, exciting them about life and who they are will infuse each person with hope..he called it “lighting others candles”. He reminded us again to learn from the “Eternal Listener”, God, who is the perfect listener and will never abandon us. The way we listen to others should give them a glimpse of how God relates to us.

By Moses Aboka

He entered the rehabilitation room silently and took a seat at the corner. Perhaps not wanting anyone to recognize his presence, but his over sized tattered jacket drew more attention than his deep innocent eyes. He seemed not to be moved or destructed by different kinds of noises that were coming from the other miracle boys. Instead, he would sneak a look, quickly pull out his bottle of glue and sniff it, then give a fake smile maybe because of the influence of the drug or because the boys made a very funny joke.

I was surprised to learn that this 11 yrs old fugitive had escaped from home to come and search for his biological father within the slums of Kawangware. He fled from home after his step- father tried to kill him, the scars at his body clearly explaining the kind of torture that he had undergone.  But how was this small kid going to trace his real father in Mathare slum with a population of about 500000 people? How was he going to find him, while before they separated he was still a toddler? But the fact that he had escaped from home, hopping on different on buses for a distance as long as  200 kms proved how determined he was.

When I asked him if he was ready to go back home instead of sleeping in the streets, he looked down and answered in a silent tone. “It’s better if I sleep in the street with my friends than be killed at home”. When FIKISHA got a street scholarship opportunity we considered him and since then, the results have been amazing. The joy and smile have slowly been returned to his face and his performance at school is above average.

Early this month we decided to trace back his family and re-integrate them.  This was after he had been away from home for close to 5 years.  None amongst us knew the exact direction to the place. Beside, we weren’t sure if we’ll be welcomed or kicked away.  My greatest fear was whether or not their family would release him to come back and continue with school. All in all, we decided to make the trip and inform them that their son was fine.

Group of mentors trying to locate Daniels* home

During our journey, we missed the route twice. On one occasion missing the main route by more than  5 kms, but by the grace of God we arrived and her mum was shocked to see him. She couldn’t believe that his son was back. After searching for him in almost all the possible places that she could think of, she loosed hope and thought that he had died. “Although I always thought that my son had died, I kept asking God to bring Daniel* safely home.” She repeatedly said with tears dropping down her face. To our amazement her mum could tell the exact time, date, month and year that he last saw him. She spoke with joy as if it had only happened hours ago. His small sisters were not sure who he was! They kept staring at him like a stranger. Later own when his dad joined us, her mum asked him to greet her son Daniel*.  And he asked “Daniel, Daniel which Daniel?”

One by one the neighbors strolled in, creating a celebration mood within the compound. No one could believe that Daniel* was back. Besides, they could not believe how big and healthy he was. We later own had a small talk with his family and agreed on few things, one of them being that FIKISHA will continue to support him through his education, while he’ll be visiting them when school closes.

Daniels* little sisters playing in front of their door

After having a cup of tea and mandazi together, we boarded our vehicle back to Nairobi, our heart filled with great joy and peace for the great reunion.

Thank you all for your support and prayers which enabled this to succeed.

Daniel – Not his real name

By Moses Aboka

Christmas in Kenya is a time to join and be with the extended families. People travel from all over the country to meet at grandfather or grandmothers place. This is the time when we would be sited down on the floor; legs crossed while attentively gazing at our grandfather as he narrated old folk stories. It was the best time to meet most of my cousins and get accustomed to most of my relatives that I didn’t know.

It was the best time of the year when all would come together in common bond across the world to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It was a time to be dressed in new clothes, have the best meals, go to church and sing some Christmas choral.

But as I recapture my previous Christmas I remember what Christmas is to street boys in Kawangware. A few kilometers from them Nairobi City is alive, decorated with twinkling lights and pictures of Father Christmas. For them they’ll be dressed in rugged clothes without definite colors, their shoes with toes left out to bare the scorching heat by day and the cold of the night.  They’ll be no entertainment, no new clothes, no close families and even some will never sing any Christmas choral.

Paul Kariuki while he was still on the streets

For the FIKISHA boys life was like this the last Christmas, they spent it out in the colds. But this time round Christmas has got a new meaning. It has brought new gifts. About 40 boys had a nice meal on the eve of Christmas, after that they were given clean clothes which were donated by friends. Besides, Paul Kariuki, Paul Irungu and Joseph Issah have been hosted by one family in Nakuru for a holiday. They’ll be able to see Lake Nakuru, the flamingos, The Rift Valley and Menengai Crater. Later own they experience amazing three days holiday in Mombasa – costal side of Kenya. “I have a short to swim at India Ocean” Said Paul Irungu “I have learnt about India Ocean at school and I’m so glad that I’ll be there to see it” He added. Elvis Kabue was invited by her grandmother at their rural place near Mt. Kenya, it’s been several years since joining their extended family. “I’m so happy that nowadays because I’m clean and doesn’t take drugs everyone wants to be with me” said Elvis. For Isaac Makati there’s a possibility that he might travel to Kisumu, he’ll be able to see Lake Victoria and have the opportunity to be with a large family as well.

From left to right: Paul Kariuki, Isaac Makati, Paul Irungu and Joseph Issah having good time after their baptism.

Before joining FIKISHA the only family that they knew was their brothers from the streets. But right now God has provided them with amazing gifts of families across the globe.

Through the birth of Jesus Christ we have become one BIG FAMILY.

Krismasi Njema na Mwaka Mpya ya Furaha

– Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.