Approximately five years ago we (the Fosters) began sponsoring a child from KDS. The journey began simply enough - with an expressed need for help. Mission-minded people from our church let us know that there were 30 or so students who were still without sponsors. Other children would have what they needed to attend school and receive meals and health care, but these 30 would likely not. I felt that our family could afford to fill this need, at $38 a month, so I looked at the profile sheets and quickly picked Jackson - he was our son’s age, a 4th grader, and born in the same month.
Little did I know then, that five years later, after writing letters back and forth (sometimes more regularly than others), sending some Christmas and Easter care baskets, and exchanging a few photos, that Jackson and I would get to meet face to face. The delight in my heart at this prospect was one of the propelling factors in my joining the 2017 Kenya team!
I looked for him at the church service the first day we arrived, and thought of him the day we visited the primary school, still picturing him as the adorable 9 year old in the photo I had received of him at that start. And finally on Thursday I met him! We were touring classrooms at the secondary school, and I looked around the 9th grade room, trying only minimally to contain my excitement. At last, there he was, in one of the desks at the back of the room.
I went over and said hello, “jambo”, and told him who I was. He and his good friend Martin were stunned to meet me, but so polite and happy. They agreed we should take a desk selfie. :-) I explained we would visit later when all the sponsored kids would be meeting in the conference room…