(Saturday’s Story) Yesterday evening, our young friend Derrick asked if we could take him to town with us today so he could visit his sister. He was at the front door at 7:10 this morning with a bag of avocados for me and ready to go!
He helped me load up the car. He then waited patiently while we got ready, reading his Bible notebook that he keeps at our house and diligently takes notes every time he sits with Randy when he studies.
Derrick is 10 years old, lives in a mud house with his sister and his mama. He has older siblings that live in Kisii Towne. His father died years ago and he loves spending time at our house.
40 minutes into our trip and he says his sister is at school and he will just go to class with us. I kind of thought that was what he wanted anyways. I looked over at Randy and just smiled.
With great attention and a sense of ownership, he assists Randy with every piece we lug into the venue. He sets up the white board and places the story clothe out. He watches me set all Randy’s books out, I set his Bible out and his glasses on top, the stack of homework and his lesson book. I’ve had Derrick intently observe things before… he not only wants to help with these set ups… he intends to do precisely as I do.
Saturdays are in a boardroom on the second floor of an office building in KisiiTown. With wood lined walls and a conference table that is easy 40 feet long, seating for about 35 people, the room can feel just a bit intimidating.
Derrick sat at the front of the room right next to Randy. The first segment is the chronological Bible Storying. The man who had the assignment today stood and basically read it right from the sheet, and what he didn’t read he was adding, often inaccurately. When he was done, Randy pointed out some things and then asked if anyone wanted to repeat the story of Cain and Abel.
With just a little hesitation, Derrick stood, Randy smiled real big and said go ahead. Derrick then told the story absolutely perfectly and with much emotion. He paused at just the right time for the interpreter, so as NOT to break the thought. When he finished… “And that’s the end of my story”… He sat down. WOW! Each of the men, most pastors, simply applauded when he was done. Impressive and exactly what the whole concept is all about!! I felt such a sense of mama pride.
Derrick answered questions and followed the entire class intently. I think he wrote down the entire Overview of 1&2 Samuel and 1&2 Kings. The Inductive Study portion in the afternoon even kept his attention.
God has plans for this boy! Derrick wants to know Jesus more. And if Derrick is the only reason we are here… It is worth seeing this young boy develop a love and passion for God’s Word that is just what Kenya needs!
Aww, look at that little beanpole! 🙂 What an amazing testament to God’s power in the lives of those He has called.
If you can touch just one soul then your job is complete…….although I know you have many more to touch! Strong work Randy, Kari and Derrick!
Just can’t stop thinking about the domino effect…that is what you will likely see; and many more sweet souls coming into the Kingdom!
What a tremendous story and what a tremendous work!
Hi Kari, I love reading your blog. This story about Derrick is especially good and encouraging about why we are here. Our LORD is so good. God bless the work you and Randy are doing for so many people both across the world and right here in Tampa Bay. Much love to you, sister Kari. XOXO Jenny