Kindergarten graduation always has seemed like a cute little ceremony with little significance. But today I experienced one that reminded me of God's redemption; His ability to use all things for His glory; and His amazing love for children. Here are 8 little, yet incredible stories of God's redemption that He has allowed our family to watch and experience...
One year ago, as a seven year old little girl, she was the primary caregiver for her dying mother. Seven months ago, she attended school for the first time in her life. Today she graduated from kindergarten and although she began 1/3 of the way into the school year, she finished in the top 3 of her class.
Three years ago she came to GSF with her older sister and younger brother because her mother has severe and uncontrollable seizures. Today she graduated from kindergarten also in the top 3 of her class.
A year and a half ago, we were told about a 10-year-old girl in a hospital with severe wounds on her feet that prevented her from walking. After investigations, she was brought to GSF as a step down from hospital care because we have nurses on site and medical expertise accessible. However, as time went on, it has been discovered that she has a rare genetic disorder that we are still trying manage. But today, she graduated from kindergarten and gained respect and admiration from many in a place where a disability of any kind is seen as a curse and disadvantage.
When Mark and I came to visit GSF 7 years ago, a little guy arrived very malnourished and from a dysfunctional family. Yesterday after years of investing in the family and sending him for visits, our social worker resettled him with his family. Today, he walked to GSF with his family and he graduated from kindergarten!
Five years ago, a little boy was abandoned in a big town close by. As time went on, it was realized that this little boy was high on the spectrum of autism. Several angels - short-termers, visitors and teachers - worked to find techniques to help him learn. And today, he graduated from Kindergarten.
Three years ago, his father died and his little brother was in the hospital due to malnutrition. Last week, his mother showed up again and is ready to have the boys for the holiday and begin rebuilding her life. Today, he graduated from kindergarten.
Five years ago, a very malnourished little boy arrived at GSF. Throughout the years, his family has neglected their responsibilities and he has struggled with learning disabilities but today he graduated from Kindergarten.
Three years ago, her father died in a motorcycle accident. This little girl lives at GSF, because her mother has had difficulty providing a stable home life. Today, her mom came to GSF and even brought a gift for her daughter who was graduating from kindergarten.