Alton Webteam: April 2017
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Felix is fifteen years old and in Class 6 at the Fountains of Hope school. He was out of school and fully entrenched in street life before he joined Turning Point through our Transition Class. He has been living with his father who struggles with an addiction to alcohol.
As new roads have been built in Kibera, buildings were demolished and Felix and his dad found themselves homeless. Now they sleep near the railway line under a make-shift shelter made from plastic bags. Each morning, Felix emerges from this ad-hoc shelter and turns up at school early, hungry for breakfast.
The rains will be starting in Kenya soon. What will that mean for Felix and his Dad? Turning Point could help them rent a house -but will that encourage his father to deal with his addiction and start taking responsibility? We could try to track down his mother or another relative to take him in, though they have been reluctant in the past because of his behaviour. Perhaps we could find a foster home for him until his father gets himself sorted.... what is the best solution for Felix and his family?
So often, we find ourselves facing situations that seem impossible. Poverty and broken relationships combine to hold people entangled in difficulties. The only way we can begin to untangle people is to seek God's wisdom and His guidance. Only God has the power to break the chains that bind people. Only God knows the right path to start leading people towards transformation and hope.
We approach Felix's situation emboldened by a hundred stories of how God has changed other children's lives. God's faithfulness inspires us to keep trusting and to keep leaning on Him, not our own understanding.
A note on this story — since the time of writing, we have made progress with connecting Felix with a cousin who can offer him a home while we continue to support Felix in school.
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