I would like to take a few moments to thank everyone for their overwhelming response to Emma’s plight. We DEFINITELY felt the prayers coming.
For those who didn’t read my previous blog you can do so here to get caught up:
I went back on Friday to the YWCA center to see her and find out the way forward from the counselors. The long and short of it is this…..Tuesday of this week Emma will be taken to the town of Kabwe where her family is from. There a counselor from the YWCA will stay with her 24 / 7 until a solution can be found. If the situation at home isn’t a good one for Emma she will be brought back to Lusaka and a plan for her will be made. After I left Emma Friday she was taken to a woman’s shelter. If all goes well I won't see her again this side of eternity.
Saturday rolled around and I had a few blessed hours to myself in our Streetwise shop working on a project for a client. It was the first time in a few weeks that all was quiet. My phone wasn't ringing, my kids weren't asking me for anything and no one was coming to me with overwhelming needs that make the mind swim. And I got depressed....why!? All the emotion and ups and downs of the past two weeks flooded over me and I was EXHAUSTED! It all slammed in my face at once and my knees practically buckled from it all. When I arrived home I found Luis in a similar state. We talked it through and understood our state of mind was probably an expected and normal one and we needed to just rest and relax. Ended up having a fun day with our kids doing silly stuff. It was beautiful.
You see just days before we meet Emma we were working with Samuel. Samuel had been coming to the Streetwise Center for a few months and we saw so much potential and willingness in him…….long story short……He is now tucked safely and nicely away at a Teen Challenge Center 45 minutes outside of Kabwe. We are getting reports that he is doing really well. He is thriving in the program and is adjusting well.
Getting Samuel ready for Teen Challenge was like a roller coaster and it was awesome! So many folks stepped up to help out and make sure he had what was needed and the sponsor ships for him rolled in. It was clear….Teen Challenge was God’s plan for Samuel……All the details just feel into place.
Then with Emma it was a mixture of extreme highs and lows.
So, no wonder we were left feeling like wet dish rags!
I have been dwelling on this Psalm since Friday morning. I was having my time with God that morning just pouring all my frustrations and disappointment out in front of him. "God! How could this have happened to such a precious little life? Where were you in this!? LORD! This is all to much for me to handle! Please God! I need a reminder of who you are and of your faithfulness even in the middle of extreme insanity and evil"
, our Lord
You have set your glory