I want to introduce you to G—-. G is a young woman now 20 years old. G never knew her father, and has no brothers or sisters. Her mother died when she was 8 years old. G does not know how her mother died.

After he mother died, G moved in with her grandmother in a shack that her grandmother lived in for many years. Calling it a shack is an insult to the word “shack.” It was a single room about 10’ by 10’ feet made of plywood with several pieces of sheet metal for a roof. G believes her grandfather made it from materials he had salvaged. It had no insulation, no running water, no electricity. A simple hole in the ground served as the toilet. There was a stream down the street from which water was drawn. Food was purchased from the tiny pay her grandmother received from the government because her husband had served for over twenty years in the revolutionary army and during the civil war.  

G took care of her grandmother during the final year of her life. When her grandmother died, the meager pension income stopped. G begged for money and food from strangers and store owners. She did what she could to survive.

One day G was begging on the street when a United Methodist pastor came by. He asked her questions and told her about a home for children that was being constructed a few miles (kilometers) from her shack. He asked her if she wanted to move there. She said yes.

I met G in 2007 when she was 17 years old. She was staying with a church member in Dondo. She was at the dedication service for the new House For Children in Dondo in October, 2017. I met her again in 2018 and 2019.

G is a role model for the younger children. She helps them with homework and chores. Her best friend, V——-, is now 17 years old. V wants to be a medical doctor.

G wants to be a judge. She wants to help other children from suffering the way she has. She wants to bring social justice to her nation.   She began her college career in February, 2020. I hope that you will pray with me for her success.