After a recent trip to Malawi, East Africa with a great team of folks from Calvary and J127, I spoke to Tila, our National Director there. He said after we visited them and worked together to help the children live for God and love others, the staff learned to pray, “Give me a child that I can impact” because of what they saw in one little girl after we left. This little 4-year-old girl, named Tryness, has deep scars on her face from a dog attack. She never smiled and never played with other children.
Beka, one of our team members and the youngest on the team at 17 years old, was drawn to this little girl. In fact, Beka held and carried Tryness every day as this little one found her in the crowd of children always surrounding Beka. Tryness didn’t speak, didn’t smile, but Beka loved on her every day no matter what else was going on. Beka shared with me that she was doubtful of her value as she had not helped much with the construction of the four new classrooms, nor with the teacher training and only helped some with the children’s VBS day. She wasn’t sure that what she did do was valuable.
Then Tila told me a few days ago that the locals said, “Beka did the best!!” Why? Because they now see an amazing change in Tryness. This 4 year old is smiling, even laughing out loud for the first time and playing with other children. They say she has a “lasting light in her eyes and in her heart”. The change is remarkable, the village is talking about it. Beka’s contribution was to change this little girl’s life forever by sharing the love of Jesus in her own way.