Isaac Gives Food, Toys AND Jesus to the Poor by Katelyn
|James 2: 14-17|
Isaac, my pseudo brother from Peru, has always had a missionary heart regardless of his circumstances. From the depths of his being he understands what it means for us to live out our faith, just like we read in the book of James.
As you may or may not know, Isaac is currently studying Counseling/Psychology at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Kenya and lives with the Consolata Fathers at their seminary. As he's walking to class each day, Isaac passes a cluster of houses where seven large families live. This breaks his heart because he said that the space is hardly enough for 2 or 3 families.
As he passes he always see the kids playing with trash and the women cooking very small portions for their whole families. He always waves to them and makes jokes with the kids, but seeing them sad and hungry day after day was more than he could handle.
Isaac also found a children's picture book that tells the story of Christmas in Swahili, so he was able to read that to the kids as well.
After Isaac and his friends had finished passing out all the food and presents he sent us the following message via email. Hopefully, you'll be able to detect the authentic joy that radiates from his beautiful heart when he can help others in meaningful ways.
After waiting so long for this and now that the day has come I have no words to express how happy I feel and how helping those families made me feel.
This morning I went to carry out the mission for the poor families and children. I bought the food, toys and the christmas story in Swahili and had help from some friends of mine; Janeth, Sofia, Florinda and Consuelo. They helped me in this beautiful missionary work, and the truth is I have no words to describe how happy and excited I feel, seeing the smile of each child was incredible. I thank God, you and all the people who gave me money to do this project since without you and without them I would not have been able to do it. It is so wonderful the way God works to bring happiness to his sons and daughters especially the ones who are really, really poor.
Merry Christmas from your friend and son, Isaac Dario :)
Isaac really inspires me because everything that he does to help others he does out of love. He is no longer living by my family and participating in the activities that we do. He is an adult - a college student - living on his own. He has the freedom to use his resources however he wants.... and he chooses to go out of his way on a regular basis to help others however he can. In November Isaac turned 19 and my parents sent him money to buy himself a birthday present. Instead of getting something for himself he used the money to help the street kids who try to earn money selling peanuts. Isaac is an amazing guy and I feel honored to know him. I thank God for bringing him into our lives and for giving Isaac the opportunity to be a missionary in Kenya.
Thank you for reading about Isaac's mission in Kenya. Please pray for him as he prepares to begin his second semester of college.