Mama ada's dream
On a farm in Ziwa, Kenya.
Mama Ada has lived in Kenya all her life – many of those years on a farm in a community called Ziwa. On this farm she has raised nine children and tended her fields. Her home has been open to any and all – providing a place where people congregate, pray, sing, talk, eat and sleep – in a community of friendships, where paths literally connect homes. Many of Ada’s neighbors are children living in poverty. Ada has watched as her community has suffered – child after child orphaned by AIDS, young people without school tuition, farmers without seeds to plant, jobs few and far between. Witnessing these hardships has broken Ada’s heart but not her spirit. Driven by her powerful faith in God’s love for all people, she has opened her arms and embraced these children and community members, seeking to provide physical necessities as well as loving arms.
I’m immersed in raising two teen sons = equal parts exhilaration and exhaustion. A myriad of practical questions cross my mind minute-by-minute; how to teach them life skills “in time” and make sure they get enough sleep and on. And of late, I’ve wondered more about how to show or cajole or convince or teach my sons the equal importance of the head and the heart; how to turn to each in good time, as their lives unfold.more