Holding a 38 Revolver, the man advanced towards Papa and our kids.

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Holding a 38 Revolver, the man advanced towards Papa and our kids.

Holding a 38 Revolver, the man advanced towards Papa and our kids. A mob gathered as Papa’s combat instincts kicked into gear. “How am I going to take him out?” Suddenly God’s Spirit rose up commanding Papa to STOP! WAIT!
Instantaneously Papa knew exactly what was happening. Jimo, one of our boys, was being arrested Even those his instincts subsided Papa stood cautiously still sensing evil in the policeman’s eyes. Then the plain-clothes policeman inform Papa that Jimo had just been arrested in a house full of stolen electronics.
So many times recently we felt constrained to warn our kids not to run with one particular neighbor kid who was known as a thief. Regretfully curiosity and greed lured Jimo to ignore our warnings. Now whether he was guilty or not, Jimo was going to pay the price for running with the wrong crowd.
Praying intensely, we asked for justice for Jimo. Since several of the items found were stolen from the Deputy Governor’s house which made this case political as well as criminal. The pressure was on and Meru police have been known to beat thieves to death during their interrogation. So we prayed. We also asked God for wisdom as we dealt with this situation which became even more intense as it was reported on the local TV channel that night.
Later when Jimo came home and we handed him his things and asked Jimo to find someplace else to live. We had warned him that if he got caught with that boy again he would be asked to leave. But I felt terrible until I read these words in the book of Hosea.
Oh how can I give you up, Israel? How can I let you go? How can I destroy you? My heart is torn within me and my compassion overflows. No, I will not punish you as much as my burning anger tells me to; for I am God and not mere mortal. Hosea 11:8-9 NEW LIVING Translation Bible [Father God knew what Papa and I were going through, and it brought peace.]
Who was Jimo anyway? In 2013 a missionary from Poland had asked us to take 14 year old Jimo when he left Kenya. Even then I had questions in my spirit as to why this missionary was so concern about Jimo but not the other kids that were being thrown back to the streets when his ministry closed down. Quickly we realized Jimo was different. He was quick to catch on to new ideas and did well in school. Jimo also knew how to touch my heart. For example just days before his arrest, Jimo had yelled with pure joy as I told him, we would be celebrating his 16th birthday. But greed was always tormenting him into lying and stealing. Twice he had been caught stealing phones from the Polish missionary who gave Jimo a home when Jimo’s mama died in 2012.
Jimo is still attending the high school where our kids go. Reportedly he is now living with a classmate’s family. Yes we continue to pray for him, but Jimo made his choice. Hopefully he will start choosing to live a life honoring God who loves him so much.