Changing a life can look different for each child. At Family Legacy, we have 2 programs that are impacting kids. In one program our kids live with us in our full time care and in the other program our kids live with caretakers or family and attend our school. I mainly get to work in our children’s village where our kids live with us full time, but have the opportunity to work with our other program as well. Sponsorship in each of these programs is different, but life changing for both sets of kids.
This past summer, I was given the opportunity to start sponsoring one of the older boys who moved in to the village from another one our residential programs. Franklin was born into a family of seven but abandoned at a very young age. He moved around a lot trying to find any way to survive – farming, scavenging, and begging. With no support from his family and no one to turn to, Franklin lived on the street and sought refuge under a tree each night. One day, a man in the marketplace took pity on him and paid for his bus fare to Lusaka. In Lusaka, things did not improve but became even more difficult for Franklin and he found himself stealing food to survive. Seeing no way out, and having no hope, Frank decided to commit suicide. Unsuccessful in his suicide attempt he continued on until he was chosen to attend Camp LIFE and moved in to our full time care in 2011.
Through spending time with Franklin I learned more and more about his family and where he came from. He did not grow up ever knowing a father and speaks of how he knew his dad was a bad person. He often talked of his mom and other siblings and family he has. One day, Franklin was talking about how he is the only one of siblings going to school. With tears in his eyes he looked at me and asked, “Can you help them.”
I started having our discipleship staff look for his family. They took a picture of Franklin and starting asking anyone they could in Chipata if they knew where his family was. They eventually found them. His mother was brewing munkoyo, a traditional drink, which is the only source of income she has. There are 9 people living in a 2 roomed house including 5 of Franklin’s brothers and sisters.
Immediately, I received word of Franklin’s siblings and we decided they needed to get started in our program this year and not wait for Camp Life 2016. These 5 children will not move in to our full time care, but will have the opportunity to stay with their mom and be a part of our other program. My prayer is that we will find sponsors for each of these kids so they can begin going to school. With their sponsorship, they will get to attend our Kabanana Legacy Academy and receive a hot lunch every day. They will receive blessings of food to take home for the family, discipleship from our staff and a Christian education. One day these kids might need to move into our full time care, but for now getting to stay in their own home with their family and getting to go to school is an incredible opportunity.
If you are interested in sponsoring one of Franklin’s siblings, see the details below and click their link to sign up! I promise you that sponsoring one of these kids and watching God transform their life over the next few years will be more of a blessing to you than it could ever be to them!
When I watch Franklin and talk to him about what he will become, I have a hard time imagining that it is even the same kid that one day was stealing in the streets just to survive. Recently, Franklin has been helping and teaching some secondary classes at the TOL. He came and told me a few weeks ago he had decided he now wanted to become a Secondary Social Studies Teacher; he wants to change lives like his has been changed. It overwhelms me how God uses people to transform the lives of these kids. The lessons I learn from them are more than I could ever teach them!
with love from Zambia,
with love from Zambia,