If you read week 2, you will remember the story of Bacca. If you did not read it, please take a quick look because this is simply an update on her life.
Bacca is still smiling, still laughing, and still the center of attention at girl’s time each Friday. She still runs up to me and hugs me each day after school, but her cheerful attitude is still masking a lot of hardship at home.
As I cooked dinner with Molly, who is part of the team from California, she shared with me about her time with Bacca that day. A film crew had come to do a documentary on the children/orphans of Nsoko. And they had gotten Bacca out of school early to be interviewed. As a result, Molly got to spend all afternoon with her.
Bacca shared a story about getting corn for her family after Matt has given her money (she is supported by AIM and Matt gives her a small amount each week to help her expenses), but on her way to get it ground up, she lost the rest of the money. As she burst into tears at the factory where they grind it, the workers had mercy on her and did it for free. In the midst of this story, though, she told Molly that she feels so much pressure and she isn’t that good at taking care of her little sisters (4 and 6). Molly then asked, “but Bacca, who takes care of you?”
She just cried.
Molly said she just held her for the longest time and loved on her. To make matters worse, we are all starting to question if her mother is EVER coming back. Soon she will be gone for 2 months and things aren’t looking too promising. Not to mention, what kind of work do you get for a bit in the city and then come home? Sadly, it is very descriptive of prostitution. Regardless of where Bacca’s mother is or what she is doing, the fact of the matter is that she is not home and it’s very likely she may never return.
I can’t express how heartbroken I am thinking of my beloved little Bacca. All alone each night in that hut with her little sisters. No one to hold them, protect them, cook for them, or love them. A 14-year-old forced to grow up far too fast.
Sadly, Bacca represents so many kids today. Oprhans. Orphans. And more orphans.
I feel like I use it a lot in blogs like this, but James 1:27 always pops into my head: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being."
along with 1 John 3:18 in situations like these, "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth."
What are we doing for orphans today? Are we loving them in practical ways? You don’t have to go to Africa to love an orphan. You can, but there are so many ways to help: investing in programs on the ground, programs like the Nsoko project here through AIM—they provide for Bacca to stay in school and get food, or even sponsoring a child through World Vision or Compassion international. Or maybe, just maybe, adopting a child.
Jesus was good news to the poor, the needy, and those who were broken. He came for the sick, not the healthy. The humble not the righteous. He came and loved and served the least of these.
…..are we following his example? Are we remembering that it really isn’t “our” money, it is His money and we are His stewards? We are his hands and his feet, but what are we doing with them?
It is up to you today. You can choose love. Or indifference. You can choose to make this world more like His kingdom or bring more darkness to it. You choose what you do with your hands, your feet, your money, and your heart.
What will you choose? What will I choose?
Let’s choose love. I promise it's the best choice! :)