I’m a Survivor, I’m Not Gonna…

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I hope those that actually read this blog and know me can hear me singing the Destiny’s Child song with these lyrics(in my highest pitch Beyonce imitation) while I write this. “ I’m a survivor, I’m not gonna give up, I’m not gon’ stop, im’ gonna work harder”. I’m glad God didn’t make me a singer or a dancer, but hoping he made me a survivor. It ain’t about my though, its about the survival of these 22 boys and many more to come.
Survival= “the act or fact of living, or the continuation of life”. Well some arguments could be made that we are helping these boys survive, but I think we are just living, a fact. We are learning to live together, learning to form a very unusual family. We are learning to survive together. This is the most living I have ever done, it is actually almost too much. Its been an amazing but some extremely hard few days. Some of the work just baffles me, defeats me, frustrates me and so on. I am just looking to hang on, or survive. I signed up for this, maybe didn’t realize the reality, but the harder the better. If I can survive the beginning blows I know there will be major victories to come.
Enough about me. Here are the rewards for as close to 100 sacrifice and service as I’ll ever get.
-So far when I ask for someone to help clean up after our huge meals(at least 26 people 3 times a day) I get over eager young teenage volunteers. Our compound is ridiculously clean(better then my room ever has been in my life) considering there are 22 “street(amazing) boys” living here. – There hasn’t been one fight.
– There have been more smiles then I could count
– We have had sleep over’s(fun until temp houses are set up) that have been as fun as I have had with these boys since knowing them
– looking in our living room at 13 or so(rest in another room) sleeping, warm, rainless, close friends
-watching them intently listen to a couple visitors or us as we teach or share something
– dancing party where they showed us a few of the traditional dances
– seeing some of their desire to read
-the amount of time they have enjoyed Mezmors(cultural, popular spiritual songs)
-the frequent references by the boys about us being their family, fathers, uncles and so on
-observing the intricate relationships of 22 boys that have spent at least a year living on the street together
-the glowing smiles after getting new clothes and some hair cuts

Finally it is the knowledge that one day they may look back on these days as a turning point, or at least some high quality memories. The knowledge that a few crazy, ill prepared people “sacrificed” to show them love. The knowledge that one day they may see that amazingly imperfect people did amazingly unselfish things because there was “something” about them. The knowledge that the something was Jesus only Him.

PS: The house owner decided to show up on the first day to tell us they want us out… Prayer needed, though expecting bigger and better things.


Written by adamtaylorethiopia

August 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm

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  1. Ad, Great to hear of the small victories in using the house. You and others have strived for this time but be prepared for the continuing battle – as a survivor like you – so what! May you know God’s grace and care in the skirmishes ahead. My love and prayers.


    August 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm

  2. Hey Adam, thank you so much for following God’s will. It is great to see how God is using you and your heart. It is definitely an inspiration and an example of what God can do if we are willing. If you are in Kenya again let Bek and I know. (Btw just noticed your blogroll has Bekah’s name spelled wrong). I really enjoy reading your updates.

    ian kitterman

    August 17, 2010 at 8:48 am

  3. Adam! This is awesome- you are awesome. God is awesome! Keep persevering. “Not only so, but we also rejoince in our sufferings because we know suffering produces perseverence; perseverence, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappointus us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:3-4

    When are you going to build a home for girls? And when can I come work at it?


    August 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm

  4. Adam: I don’t know to song (too old) but I do know you, and you will, The God of the mountains is also the God of the valleys, so when they come, and they will, He will be there! Praying for you. Doc


    August 17, 2010 at 9:46 pm

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