Last week I made a quick trip to Katy. My good friend Cindy Anthis sent me a text and said, “hey isn’t it time for you to get your hair done? I miss you!”(I might have moved to San Antonio, but my hairdresser did not.) Indeed, as a new horse owner I was in ill repair as a woman. I needed all sorts of work done on my hair, hands and feet. So I took Kira and we spent the night with the Anthis family.
Abigail and I have a special bond. She’s ten, and she’ got the heart of a missionary like no adult I’ve ever met. I’m crazy about this girl. Whenever I arrive at her house she plops a Ziploc baggy full of cash and coin. “This is for the orphans.” She makes friendship bracelets and sells them to help the children in Uganda. And she and her younger sister had a lemonade sale in their neighborhood for the orphans.
This time little sis, Anna Grace, donated her birthday money so the children in Uganda would have their needs met. She understands, and she cares. Is that not precious?
I take the responsibility of putting this money to good use seriously. Previously, all of the money Abigail had donated was able to buy a bicycle for one of the boys who has to walk two hours to school. She’s also bought a goat! This time we’ll see how her fund grows, and maybe she’ll help us buy chickens to grow on our land. She doesn’t dictate to me, she says, “use it however you need”. So sweet.
Her older sister Alison has been cleaning attics to help raise the money she needs to come with us this summer to Uganda. If I could predict, Alison would like to be a doctor like her mother, and visit Kirabo Seeds in the future to help the needy children. She’s in training. Abigail is also coming with us, and when Phiona heard she’ll see Abi again, we could hear her celebrating all the way from Texas. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Abigail grows up and lives at Kirabo Seeds taking care of and teaching orphaned children. Maybe she’s also in training now…
Their family lived in Nigeria for three years as medical missionaries, and Abigail especially feels that Africa is home. I understand.