Two weeks ago I was sitting on our Africa New Life bus waiting to go on a hope visit with our U.S. Executive Director’s team. I turned my head and saw the cutest little boy walk onto the bus. It was Cedrick! Cedrick has been in our Dream Boys program since the beginning of this year. I have always noticed him…because how can you not?!?
I was shocked that our hope visit was for him. My co-worker began to tell us a little about Cedrick’s story and my heart became heavy. I turned around to the back of the bus and looked at my friend Elizabeth. All she said was “oh boy!” She knew I needed to sponsor him and so did I. God has really given me a heart for our special medical cases here in Rwanda. Cedrick’s mom died giving birth to him and his father is currently in prison. While he was living with his step-mother she got angry and decided to burn his foot for no reason.
We got off the bus and walked up to his house…I had been there before! I couldn’t believe it. I did a story on Mama Ingabire at the end of last year. She is a volunteer at our church and offered to take care of Cedrick and his sister so they could have a safe home to stay in. She fell to her knees and thanked God when she found out I was now sponsoring him. Our awesome nurse at the Dream Center helps to take care of his foot and now Cedrick is speaking more and learning a little English in his tutoring program. People now know me as “Cedrick’s sponsor”. He has tons of energy, loves to play with soccer balls, and has a hard time following rules…like I said “I’m Cedrick’s sponsor”. I guess we take after each other.