August 6, 2012
Following is a reflection from Will Flora on his recent trip to Kenya with CARE for AIDS. We speak a lot about our passion for giving children a future with hope, and Will beautifully shares his experience with the kids of a slum outside Nairobi:
When visiting Kiganjo, I was deeply impacted by the faces of the children. There’s a life lesson in them. Jesus told his disciples, “Suffer the children to come to me for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” I’ve always been an observer of children; their trust, innocence, joy. I find myself, at the age of 50, wanting to become one with them whenever they’re around. At work, my staff have come to expect my child-like tendencies. It seems to be infectious.
I have a great life. All my needs and wants are met and I lack for nothing. Yet, when I go to a village and see faces of children that personify trust, innocence and joy in the midst of significant needs and wants and the people lack in everything, one can’t help but be taken aback. How can they be so happy while in such need? It continues to be a mystery for me.
So when I look deep in the eyes and expressions of these faces, I listen for the Holy Spirit to teach me what Jesus really meant when He said, “Suffer the children to come to me for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.” I invite you to join me in this lesson.