A boy named Pardon is small for his twenty-one years, missing one arm and slow to learn because no one ever believed he could.
Makululu compound is a hard place to grow up; the high level of poverty usually leads to chronic starvation, illness and a general sense of hopelessness. For a young person with a disability, the problems are compounded. Pardon used to carry a whip to fend off the attacks of others who teased and tormented him as he aimlessly wandered the Makululu streets.
One day he stepped inside the gates of Mercy House, where he was greeted, fed, and shown the same love that Christ would have offered. Anne, Mercy House’s director asked to speak with Pardon’s parent or guardian and met with his seventy-six-year-old grandmother Anna.
Anna had seven children but only three remain alive. Of her fifteen grandchildren, she has taken in eight to live with her in a tiny house that she struggles to maintain. She asked if Mercy House could please feed Pardon and Anne agreed.
Now Pardon attends regularly and is learning to sit in the classrooms without his whip. The other children are learning that is not right to treat him differently because of his disability and they are passing on what they have learned in the larger community.
Pardon’s grandmother Anna began working at Mercy House one day a week.
“I’m here because of my grandson, ” Anna said. “I feel nice and it is a blessing to me because I was not affording to give Pardon food and I am keeping lots of children so it is a challenge. Because he is bigger he would eat more,” she explained.
Anna has no money, little food, and a big heart.
“At this place I clean the toilets” she says proudly. “I come to work here because of my grandson. I help them by cleaning and they help me to buy food to feed my other grandchildren who are orphans. Now I can buy food and we eat together.”
A shy and thankful smile lights up Anna’s face as she concludes “I bless Mercy House and Mercy House blesses both Pardon and me. Mapalo to mapalo” she says in her native Bemba language. “Blessing to blessing.”
Please pray for Anna, Pardon and the rest of their family that they continue to seek God and walk in His ways. Pray also for the ministry provided through Mercy House.
Published: Tuesday, 08 November 2016
Credit: Karin Fendick