Great expectations

Tonight is the night before the first girl comes to the Imara Girls’ Home.

Before I go any further I have to add a note. Everything is set to pick up our first young woman tomorrow morning, but as things sometimes go in Kenya, I will not totally believe it until she and I are actually together and heading to Nanyuki. I may have to post tomorrow that it got delayed again.

I feel a bit like what I imagine an expectant mother must feel. After months of preparation it is finally time. I finally get to meet the first of what I pray is many young women who will become part of the Imara family. I am ready as I can be; I have to trust God for the rest.

The following is a letter for our first girl and every girl who comes after her.

Dear  (not releasing her name yet),

Welcome to the Imara Girls’ Home. We are so glad you and your precious baby are joining our family. We have been expecting you for quite some time, and we are so excited that the time to meet has finally come. We have prayed for over a year that God would send just the right girls to be part of our family, and he sent us you! We can’t wait to get to know you. To find out what you are passionate about, to find out what you like and don’t like, to find out what you dream about the future.

There are a couple of things we want you to know. First of all, know that you are a beloved child of God. When God looks at you he smiles at his beautiful daughter. He has good things planned for you, and he wants you to know that there is great hope for your future. He loves you and care about every part of your life. If you laugh, he rejoices with you; if you cry, he cries with you. He promises to walk with you through all of the changes that come with moving to a new home, in a new town, with a new group of people. He did not place you in the Imara family by accident. May you find your deepest security in his love and presence.

Second, I (Carol) want you to know that I care deeply about you even though we have not met. I have thought about you, prayed for you and waited for your arrival. I know that life before you became part of the Imara family may have been very hard and left deep wounds on your soul. I pray that the Imara Home will be a place of love, joy, peace and healing for you. A place where you feel loved, safe, secure and free to become the woman God has called you to be.

Last, know that I am not the only one who loves you. There are many who have been part of the Imara journey. They are our huge extended family. They are praying for you from all corners of the world. They too have been planning for your arrival. They cannot wait to learn your name, to meet your child and to cheer you on as you begin your life at the Imara Home. Some will come thousands of miles just to meet you, others will faithfully pray for you for years to come.

Tomorrow is the day. I can hardly wait. Preparations are being made in Nanyuki. Everyone at the home is anxiously awaiting your arrival. We celebrate you, and we welcome you to the family. May you experience the love of God during your time with us.

Many blessings to you and see you tomorrow!