March 13th, Andy turned 25.. It does not seem possible that the shy scrawny boy I met at 14, is all grown up..
Andy has many struggles in life.. But one of the worst is temptation to give up and believe nothing will change..
He needs encouragement, and tough love sometimes.. One day his ship will come in, and on it will be an employer. It brings me back to the time he wanted to become a fish monger.. and I had read horror stories of all the men who drown, because the boats were not maintained and many did not have life jackets.. Like an old mother hen I reminded him of the dangers he could face.. He didn’t get the job in the end.. he was discouraged, and I was relieved.
One may find it hard to believe that a young man like Andy would have trouble finding a job, but the truth is.. in Uganda labor jobs are not easy to come by. I spend a bit of time trying to link Andy to legitimate offers, and have found none. There are plenty of false promises,con artist to prey on the desperate, and recruiters who require money you don’t have.
I pray for Andy to one day have a better life.. a place to call his own.. no more wandering to find a meal.. or getting mixed up in the wrong crowd.. I always remind him it is better to be poor and honest.. than to be rich and perverse in your ways..
If you are in the faith, I ask you say a prayer for Andy.. that he would grow in wisdom. That he would be lifted up out of discouragement, and look to the Lord for encouragement.