Sarah proclaiming "As soon as I heard your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy." Luke 1:44

Sarah proclaiming "As soon as I heard your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy." Luke 1:44

(Some names have been changed)

Ethiopia celebrates Christmas on January 6th or 7th. This Christmas service the children at Project Mercy were singing and taking turns reciting Christmas verses. Sarah, one of the youngest House Kids came out of the choir and confidently, matter-of-factly proclaimed:

“As soon as I heard your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:44)

Sarah’s backstory:

Elizabeth had passed the 8th grade exam, but her village didn’t have a high school.  So, when the new school year began, her parents found a family for her to live with so she could attend high school. Her parents put her on a bus, and off she went, dreaming of her bright, exciting future…though a bit apprehensive about all the new unknowns.

The bus broke down, it started getting dark, and the other riders drifted away into the night. The girl was unsure what to do, but a man said “follow me, I’ll help”. He led her into the woods and raped her…  Nine months later Sarah was born.

Elizabeth heard about Project Mercy and a lady named Marta. She came into the compound wanting to leave Sarah with Marta. That was not okay, but Marta said the young woman could live in the compound, go to school, and get help with raising her little girl. The guard at the gate was told the mother could not leave the compound without her daughter. 

For a while the arrangement seemed to be working. However, very early one morning Elizabeth and Sarah left. But Sarah didn’t get far. On the outside of the 54-acre compound, they walked to the far end where there were no buildings, no people, and her mom pushed her little girl through the thorny hedge/wall and walked away. Sarah stood frozen and started screaming. She screamed for almost an hour before someone found her. Her mom has not been back…

Sarah Now!

The first couple of years were especially hard for this little girl.  But Sarah has been loved, and has grown, and is blossoming…

It is by the glory, provision and gift of God that this particular little girl, with her particular history, was assigned to memorize THIS verse from God’s Word -as old and pregnant Elizabeth responds to young and newly pregnant Mary:

“As soon as I heard your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:44)

Although no one leapt for joy when her mom found out she was pregnant with Sarah, we can thank God for Sarah’s life. We thank God for her learning and proclaiming God’s truth and love for her and for us. Praise God that in tragedy, there is hope!

Written by Zondra Tyre

Written by Zondra Tyre

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