(A to Z Blogs April 2015 – Back to Africa)
Some parenting advice I heard years ago said to “say yes” as often as you can. There will be plenty of no’s. In Africa at our education center there always plenty of no’s as well. We can only give as many school scholarships as we have sponsors. We can’t have a regular snack for often hungry students because we have no space.
So I love to say “Yes!” whenever I can. When operations in Congo said we needed a new roof, I got to say “yes.” When a new girl received a sponsor (based on both merit and need) and we found out she had a debt to the school, I got to say “yes” to paying that $385. Yes, I can come visit. Yes, we’ll be bringing another team.
In times and places with so many disappointments, we are blessed with each and every yes.
Kristin King is an author, publisher and co-founder of the nonprofit Future Hope Africa which is based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is from Kentucky (USA) and lives as an expat in Holland.