Celebration of a Life

One month and 23 days later I’m writing once again with a breaking heart. A brother and now my dear sister has gone to be with the Lord.


Just a few months ago she was lifting the heavy sufuria’s(large cooking pots), smiling, laughing and telling stories.

The first time I met her she was not speaking, smiling, and wasn’t even able to write, but God transformed her life. Slowly, with Operation Hope’s support, she started speaking, smiling, laughing, writing neatly and even telling stories. She was a girl who loved peace and did not want to offend her brothers and sisters and any adult. She loved school and did not want to miss school. She also loved God and His word. I meditated on these memories and celebrated her life.

She started falling ill a few months back. She was dizzy, weak and throwing up. We took her to different hospitals seeking medical assistance, but she succumbed to the pain on the 23rd of July. She is no longer in pain, but she has been delivered from all her pain, physical and emotional.

When I heard the news, I was sitting in a lecture hall, revising for my last CAT, also known as Continuous Assessment Test, for the day. I received a text message, and I told myself it wasn’t true, for the sake of getting through the next hours. But when I was sitting on the matatu going home, my heart couldn’t take it any longer and I closed my eyes trying to hide my tears from the other passengers on the matatu. I could only imagine, what they were thinking on seeing this mzungu crying in the matatu, but in  the moment I didn’t care.

My heart, along with the Journey of Hope family and other friends and family members are comforted in the years we had with her and the memories that will remain with us forever. We thank God for the hope of Heaven. The Journey of Hope family went to her home on the 30th of July to pay our last respects to our sister as we laid her to rest.

“Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Matthew 5:4

This was a verse that a boy from Journey of Hope shared after our sisters’ passing on. It has been a hard journey, especially for the Journey of Hope children and we continue praying for their hearts.

Thank you to all for your prayers and words of encouragement to our family in this time. May God richly bless you!

You’ll be missed, Syombua, but we look forward to the day that we get to see you up in Heaven.