God Does Not Abandon Us: Sarah's Story

11/11/13

Sarah couldn't believe her eyes. In front of her was the most beautiful bed she had ever seen. "I was shocked when they told me it was my own!" she laughs, remembering the moment she realized she would be sleeping in a real bed for the first time. 

 
It had been more than a year since Sarah had a place she considered home. Just walking into the beautiful Children of the Nations (COTN) Children's Home was overwhelming enough. But when Sarah, who had squeezed onto a thin, dirty mat with six other children every night for the past year, saw the bed—her bed—it seemed too good to be true. 
 
Sarah couldn't believe this new bed was actually hers!
After years of sleeping seven to a mat on the cold, dirty ground, Sarah couldn't believe this new bed was actually hers!
 
Sarah's family had been on the run since the Lord's Resistance Army attacked her village in Uganda, slaughtering everyone in sight and burning her home to the ground. For a while her mother and grandmother fled with the children from village to village, hoping to find a safe place for the night. Eventually they all ended up in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp.
 
Sarah's family had a small place to stay in the camp. But they had no land to farm and no place to work. 
 
"Living in the Internally Displaced Persons camp was the worst experience of my life," Sarah says. In order to eat dinner each night, the children had to scrounge around the camp all day, looking for small jobs and hoping to be paid in rice or other food scraps. "They would never give us good quality, but scraps meant to be thrown to the garbage," Sarah remembers. "This would not make a tasty meal, but we had no option but to take it." 
 
But the worst thing for Sarah was the constant smell of human waste. Sarah tried to spend as much time as possible away from the camp during the day, so she did not have to smell the stench of too many people and too few latrines. 
 
You can imagine Sarah's wonder when after a year of fighting to survive in the camp she was led into COTN's Children's Home. Her grandmother had met a COTN staff member who was looking for the most desperate and vulnerable children to help through the child sponsorship program, and begged them to consider Sarah. 
 
Sarah (second from right) now lives in one of COTN's Children's Homes
Sarah (second from right) now lives in one of the Children's Homes with her house mother and several other girls from similar circumstances. 
 
If the IDP camp was the worst experience of her life, Sarah says that COTN has been the best one. "COTN has brought a lot of changes to my life," she says. She is especially grateful for her sponsors, who have, through their generous support, made it possible for her to attend school. "Thank you for giving me my future through education," she says. 
 
Sarah is grateful to her sponsors for providing her education and care
Sarah is grateful to her sponsors for providing her education and care. She has big plans about how she will pass on this blessing to her whole nation. 
 
Sarah has big plans for her future, thanks to her sponsors' support. She hopes to become an accountant, and serve her community by helping provide accountability for the way local government spends money. 
 
Most importantly, Sarah says your care and generosity has helped her learn who God is. "God loves us so much and he does not abandon us," she says. "Everything that happens to us, good or bad, has a divine purpose from God behind it."
 
Help a child know that God has not abandoned them. Sponsor a child in Africa or the Caribbean today.
 

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God is a good God indeed!