This is Abraham. He officially joined us on Friday last week, but has been staying at the house for about a month now.
I know without a doubt Abraham is supposed to be with us. How? I was leaving Arizona to come back to Indiana about a month ago. I don't get internet on my phone unless there is wi-fi. Most airports don't have free wi-fi. I almost didn't check to see if there was wi-fi, but as I sat at the gate I felt like I should try. What do you know? I could get on the internet. Coincidence? I think not! So I checked Facebook and saw a plea for help from a friend. He was asking for someone to take Abraham in until he could get better. He was really sick and not doing well. I found the friend on chat and asked a few questions and immediately offered help.
Just like with Jimmy, I extended the help knowing I couldn't send him away after he had been at the house. All of my fears quickly disappeared, and I anxiously awaited a response to see if Abraham made it to the house. He finally did the next day. It took him a couple of weeks to recover, so we all agreed it wouldn't be ok to send him back to the streets.
Last Friday was the first time I got to talk to him. I was impressed with his English and how polite he was. I asked him many questions and found out a lot about him. When I asked him if he wanted to live in the home and go back to school he was so excited. When I told him he had sponsors and would get to write them letters, he squealed! He giggled and I could hear the happiness in his voice. I imagine his face looked a bit like the smiling face above. He told me how happy he was because he never had a chance to have a sponsor before.
I can't wait to get back to Uganda and actually meet him. When I asked him if we knew each other, he told me I have seen your photos. I can already tell he is going to fit in around here.
Some basic info: He is 17, finished secondary 2, wants to be a lawyer, loves to sing, and left home 5 years ago.
P.S. The photo was taken last Thursday when the friend that asked for help for him saw him in the city on his way to buy new clothes. A huge thank you goes out to SIR CASE! They sent their first donation from the first two cases they sold about a week and a half ago. That allowed all of the boys to get new clothes.