Ministry always brings smiles and tears. This afternoon, as we were pulling out of our gate, we were met by one of our church kids. He was facing the reality of living in a society that is profoundly impacted by the breakdown of the family and no legal system to help children caught in tough situations. A very common solution ends up being shifting kids back and forth when one parent is no longer able to care for a child. We have seen so many kids be sent to another parent who lives in the village. It's hard. They are simply told one day that they are going. They immediately must leave their friends, their church and the life that they know. They don't know when or if they will ever be back. Could be tomorrow if that parent thinks he or she is worse off than the parent in town. Could be a few months from now when school fees are due. Could be never. Here is one last fatherly hug and prayer being given amidst profound and tearful uncertainty.
Then we drove to KTC, where we had the privileged of giving someone a desperately desired job over the holidays. It just a temporary job...but it is a job! He is happy and so are we!