I am really excited that he is home with us. No kid should be on the streets but especially not a 6 year old. He was super vulnerable and everyone would take advantage of him. The longer he stayed on the streets, the harder and more traumatized he would become. It is only through God's power that he is home with us and we couldn't be more excited.
The last interaction I had with David on the street was Sunday. We had taken another boy Joseph to the hospital because he was bitten by a dog. Of course when other kids saw me and the other aunt, they followed. so Mathias, Ivan, and David joined us in our hospital visit. While we were waiting for Joseph to be treated, David fell asleep. First, he was half on a bench and then he fell to the floor. To say we were causing chaos in the hospital would be an understatement. David was so sound asleep, he barely noticed. When Joseph was finished and it was time to leave, David refused to wake up. Everyone at the hospital thought he was sick and we were just refusing to have him treated. Mathias picked him up but almost dropped him so the other aunt and I went to help and he let go of him completely thinking that we should carry him. Of course we couldn't and so we had to put him back down. At this point, we are laughing hysterically and losing it. The hospital workers were very concerned. Mathias and Ivan finally pick him up, one carrying his legs and the other his arms. David is still sound asleep and refusing to wake up. How, I am not sure. Halfway down the steps, the boys get tired of carrying him and put him down and refuse to pick him back up. He still will not wake up. Finally we shout at him and make him stand to his feet. He wakes up. We discover he is so hungry, he is just holding his stomach, whimpering. We take the boys to get something to eat back in Kivulu and once he starts eating, he is back to his energetic, sweet self.
I am so happy that I serve a God that hurts when His children hurt. I know that His heart broke Sunday night also and He never wanted David to be so hungry again. He put David so strongly on the other aunties' hearts to ensure David would never have to suffer again. Monday night, I got a call asking me what I thought about David coming home. It is amazing how God works!
Other good news, 2 other amazing boys, Abdul and Peter, found homes also. Abdul moved to Jinja to go to boarding school where a pastor will mentor him, and Peter went to another home about an hour outside of Kampala. Both amazing kids, both so deserving of the opportunity.
God is good all the time...