Ten-year-old Moses stared out the airplane window at the large city below. This would be his new home. What will it be like to live in the United States? Moses wondered. Will I make friends here? Will I even be able to talk to them?
For as long as Moses could remember, his family had lived in one refugee camp after another in central Africa. His home had been a plastic tarp held up by sticks. When it rained, everything got wet, and there seldom was enough food to eat or clean water to drink.
One day Moses’ father told the family, “Soon we will leave this camp for a new home in the United States.”
The family arrived in their new home and settled into an apartment. On the first day of school Moses felt lost. He couldn’t find his class and couldn’t speak English to ask for help. Finally someone took him to his class.
Moses studied hard and soon could speak enough English to talk to his classmates. He began telling his new friends that Jesus loves them. Some listened, but others ignored him. Father and Mother studied English so they could find work. Everything seemed so hard. They struggled to find a grocery store and a church. Riding the bus was difficult until they could speak the language. After months of studying and searching for work, Father found a job.
Then one day Moses’ father stumbled into the apartment, blood spattered on his face and clothes. “Some teenagers don’t want us here,” he said. “One of them hit me with a rock.” Father lost his eyesight in the injured eye. But he refused to be angry. “We can’t be angry when someone hurts us. We must forgive them and pray for them.” Moses knew that his father was right, but it was still hard to forgive the teens who had hurt his father.
The family has found a different place to live, and church members are helping to pay the children’s tuition so they can study in the Adventist school.
Moses wants to be a pastor, as his grandfather in Africa was. He shares God’s love with others and offers to study the Bible with them so they will learn to love God too. “God has been with my family through hard times,” he says. “He will never leave us.”
A recent Thirteenth Sabbath Offering is helping to reach millions of refugees in North America with the message of God’s love. Thank you for reaching out to the world by reaching the world in in North America.
Moses Ntekereze shares God’s love in the northern United States with his parents and siblings.