Shoot like a Girl | Fly (#31days)

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Day 25: Bungoma County, Kenya.

They sat on the sofa, looking cautiously at the cameras ready to take in every spoken word and subtle nuance of their story. He in his well-worn school uniform and her in her Sunday finest. She was so very proud of him, and did her best to encourage him to study well. It wasn’t easy – there are no books to teach you how to raise children as a grandmother, no foods you can eat to make you young again, no perfect words to explain why mom and dad aren’t ever coming home. Poverty, neglect, and HIV have left their scrawled mark here.

But hope keeps rising like the sun.

He has dreams far bigger than the small patch of earth he walks every day. A small school down the road is the reason why. Two meals a day, loving teachers, a social worker, medical care, and visits from mzungu who “come down from the sky” to help them give her faith that his future will be more than she can even imagine.

And so she keeps raising him up. And she keeps thanking God for the kindness of strangers and friends.

They sat on on the sofa, and they told the story. Her feet are planted. His feet want to fly.

 

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About Ronne Rock

Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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6 thoughts on “Shoot like a Girl | Fly (#31days)”

  1. Every story I hear from Africa makes me aware of how spoiled I am, and how often I whine about nothing. Last year my husband traveled to Kipkaren, Kenya to help build a trade-school (wood-working) for part of the ELI schools that help orphans. Every time I wanted to whine this week, I remembered the story and picture of a woman who spends every day bent into an L using a handmade broom to sweep the entire ELI compound. And never stops smiling.

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