A dead dad and a lost mom, with a living hope and a generous spirit.
The Lord relates to us everyday in many unexpected ways. This week Jesus came to me in a way I had never expected.
Aaron is a 15 year old enthusiastic teenager from Liberia, and has been in this country for the last two years. I knew Aaron but considered him one of the few lucky boys with both a “Mom” and a “Dad”. His “Mom” is a faithful friend of mine who continues to call me even when I was not able to visit her and help her family. She even called to wish me a happy new year.
Aaron’s story is very interesting. His “Mom” is not really his Mom he lives with his aunt and uncle. If you see Aaron his smile, his humility, and his willingness to help is amazing. You can never imagine that he is a boy who passed through a lot of tragedy at this age. His dad was killed in the war back home and he does not know where his Mom is. He has a brother and sister in two other African countries. But Aaron continues to smile and be my friend. “Mr. Worku,” he said to me the other day, “I really want to help you and I do not need any payment.”
Don’t you think God loves me so much? I think He does. God came to me again to show me his love through a boy who has a dead dad and a lost mom. This is a grace I have never seen in that group. Yes, as Jesus said, “My father is alive and works and I too am working.” God is touching all of us in a way that is not of this world. Aaron’s face and humility beams joy in my life. If God can make a fifteen year old with a dead dad and a lost mom happy he surely can make all of us happy regardless of our, “not haves.” Thank you Jesus for you are rich with people who praise you and who are happy in you because of who you are!
Aaron is one of the boys we are trying to help with our Mentoring program. If you have any part time job once a week like Saturdays, or if you have one or two days after school jobs let me know. That will be a great help Aaron, for he wants to send money to two of his siblings in Africa.
Thanks for reading my story,
Rise Together Ministries
Saint Louis, MO 63109
PO Box 170211
Saint Louis, MO 63117