Posted by: macahajo | November 30, 2015

While my daughter sings…

Yesterday, Mark and I went with Hugue, the founder of Hope Social Action, to visit two African widows and their children. We sat on little wooden benches on the dirt floor of one of the widow’s homes, and we heard a story that touched this mother’s heart.

She was orphaned when she was taking her first steps on the Cameroonian soil.
A woman, who she calls mom, lovingly adopted her as her own.
But there was never a father in her life.

While on the other side of the world…
Another little girl snuggles close to her mom.
From the moment he laid eyes on her, she was daddy’s little girl.

She heard the Gospel.
But she rebelled.
And she left home.

As the little girl grew, she heard the Good News and believed.
She began to follow Him.
Church was her second home.

She met an older man.
She stopped going to school.
Then she returned home when she became pregnant.

She loves spending time with friends.
She’s thriving in school.
She’s become a wonderful example to those younger than her.

We met her when she had a two year old.
And another baby is on the way.
The father is not in their lives.

She’s thinking about where she’ll go to college.
She has so many hopes. There is so much life in her!
She dreams about acting on stage.

She is only 15 years old.
She is my daughter’s age.

She’s 15 years old.
She’s my daughter.

Two very different girls.

Living in two very different worlds.


  1. That’s a powerful contrast… thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you. It was a powerful experience, and I’m thankful that the Lord helped me formulate the words to share about it.

  2. Touching and sobering. What a vivid contrast. And what a wonderful daughter you have.

    • Thank you for your response, and for your kind words.

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