Life was both dangerous and hard on the streets. In fact, he told me that most of the friends in the picture above who he used to hang out with are no longer alive. Isaac eventually found his way to HEAL Africa. He heard the word of God, started to attend regularly, believed his life was worth something, was baptized, then found a job and turned his life around. Fast forward several years later is when I met him, now married with two children.
In February of this year, their house caught fire; there were no firetrucks or water hoses to extinguish the flames and within an hour it burned to the ground. Our church at HEAL Africa took up a collection to help them build a new house out of wood and tin sheets on the empty lot where their previous home had stood.
I saw him one day after church and asked him how it was going.
“The house is up”, he said, “but there was not enough money left to buy a door”. Here in Goma where there is much insecurity and armed robberies, a strong door is a necessity. His wife was home alone with two small children when Isaac was at work, and fearful. I asked him how much a door cost… when I gave him $30, the price of a door, he jumped up and down in excitement and rushed out of my office, shouting over his shoulder, “I am going to buy it now! My wife will be so happy!!”
When he learned of our work with street children, Isaac wanted to pitch in, believing God would want him to touch lives of children on the street, as had happened to him.
In Goma, a pair of shoes for a homeless child or a wooden door to give a family security are so much appreciated! Your gifts make that possible. Thank you from so many whose lives you have touched.
Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:2-4