Joy in the Pain - Bakari's Story

Joy in the Pain - Bakari's Story

The death of a parent is gut-wrenching, but when you are young it can be unimaginable. Caught between trying to be a kid and saddled with responsibilities beyond his years, Bakari lost his childhood the moment his father suffered a stroke and was paralyzed. In that instant, the parenting roles were reversed as he was now tasked with caring for his father. The Amani School community quickly sur­rounded Bakari with love and support, and the seeds of faith were planted.

At school Bakari learned about a loving, Father God who provided for him. Despite his demanding responsibilities at home, Bakari also knew that an education was the only tool he had that would break the cycle of poverty he faced. With a renewed commitment to completing his ed­ucation and a growing faith in Jesus Christ, Bakari’s faith got him through some of those dark days, and last year Bakari celebrated a huge milestone when he graduated from school.

Sadly, that joy was short lived. In May we were informed that Bakari’s father had passed away. During the funeral, Bakari shared with Amani staff that he felt a renewed strength and he shared that the lessons he was taught at Amani have helped him through this difficult time. Today, he has a faith like never before and knows that he will see his father again one day. Despite the suffering that his father endured and being tasked with caring for his father for the last couple of years, Bakari is thankful for the love and support that he has received at Amani School and for the child sponsorship that he received. He knows that it is through God, the Father that he has this sense of peace. 

Note: Photo of Bakari was when he was sponsored child. 

 

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