Salima is such a go-getter. There is never a time when she is not doing something. She says she does not like to be idle. On her breaks from school she either helps me out with whatever I need or she is working on the farm. She never asks or accepts pay when she has worked all day slashing or planting or whatever is needed to keep up the farm because of her gratefulness she has for the education opportunities she has been given.
She is one of the most honest people I’ve met so far and I can talk to her about anything and know she is going to tell me the truth. A problem we have here is that many times people tell us what they think we want to hear, or something that will shine a favorable light on them. It makes it very hard on us when we are trying to do projects or help people.
I can send her on errands and she will do her very best, sometimes spending all day going from place to place and negotiating prices to get the very lowest price. She has helped me so much with the Hope For Girls project.
We also help with support to her two sisters, Harria and Takia. All three of the girls are hardworking, and show their gratefulness in many ways. A lot of times people speak the words but it doesn’t show in their actions. It definitely shows in these girls. Their mother is Jenifer and these are only three of her seven children. She has raised them pretty much on her own and has given them her work ethic. That is why she is our farm manager.
We have seen such growth spiritually in Salima, her sisters and their mother. They say that Christian’s Bible study has helped them to see the truth of God’s Word and brought them closer to Jesus. I was not so sure about her going to a Muslim college but after seeing what a witness she is there I understand that is exactly what Jesus would have us all to do, not just stay in our comfortable churches, fellowship only with Christians but living our life and giving our testimony to those who do not know Jesus.
I am thankful to have her in our lives. And I consider her and her mother my best friends here.
Takia graduated tailoring school on Friday. It was such a day filled with joy and pride for her accomplishment. Truth be told we were dreading the graduation a little because celebrations and such can last for seven or eight hours. But it was to start at noon so we got there promptly at noon and it actually started at two – which the program said was when lunch would be served! But they managed to still have it over by five! We were all exhausted from the heat and for myself all the dancing they had me doing with them!
We are so proud of her and wish her all the best to fulfill her dream as a fashion designer. I really think she’s got it on her to succeed!
Isaiah 1:17 says ““Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”
We try and meet the needs of widows in our community. Ms. Joyce is one of our more colorful ones!” She tells us (through an interpreter) some pretty funny stories! And she is persistent that I open a medical clinic to take care of people. All I do is give her Acetaminophen for her aches and pains!