In just about 3 weeks, I'll have the privilege of traveling to Adacar, Uganda with a team of 10 other people through the organization, Children's HopeChest to meet this guy for this fist time. His name is Martin, he is 15 years old, so I guess he is, and has been a teenager for a couple of years. I'm going to be honest here: teenagers make me break out in hives, mostly because they know more than me about the important stuff: celebrity gossip, cellular phones and pop music, and that makes me feel insecure and sweaty. Oh well, I think I'll be sweaty there anyway so maybe I can hide my inherent fear behind a floppy hat. My care package for Martin is ready to go. It's got a t-shirt, a couple of pairs of underwear, art supplies (I know he likes to draw), a harmonica (something he can annoy his grandmother with), and a deck of Uno cards. Uno cards are universal, right? I only know a handful of things about him, purely based on the description I received from Children's Hopechest, so it will be awesome to get to know him a little bit more. He doesn't know I'm coming, so I'm sending him this cyberletter to prepare him.
I pray for you every day. You know those letters I send you about stuff in the Bible? I really believe it because I've seen it work with my own two eyes. I see God's hand of provision, His hand of protection and I see His hand of love. He loves you and wants you to know that. I'm coming to show you that you are set apart and loved. I haven't met you yet but I know that you are an awesome kid. You probably like sports, but I'm really bad at sports, so you and I can play cards together.
I'm hoping you can teach me a few things--maybe sports? Or maybe a song in your language, or maybe you can just show me what you do every day.
I know I'm sending this digitally, so try to act surprised when I get there. See you (really!) soon. I'm looking forward to it.
*If you'd like to start a relationship of your own with a child almost as terrific as Martin. Click on one of the links above to get started. Children's HopeChest is an awesome organization to partner with.