Mama Jane and her husband James have saved for years to purchase land for the orphans they have been led to serve. The property is amazing. It is in a rural area outside of Arusha and the view from the land is breathtaking. We walked around the property for a while talking about Mama Jane's dreams for the future. She currently has 17 children living in a rented house with her in Arusha, with a couple hundred kids coming to the center on the weekends. Her dream is to build an orphanage that can house as many children as possible. She also plans to build a secondary school where the orphans and other neighboring children from poor families can get an education. A large garden will be put in to provide food and income for the school and she and her husband hope to provide projects for local Maasai women to be a part of so that they can earn extra income, as well. I asked Mama Jane if the boys with us knew what the land was for. Her eyes lit up and she said, "Oh yes. We come out here often together with all of the children so that they can pray over the land."
I can't begin to imagine what Jane and her children must feel when they visit their land. Jane and her husband have saved for years just to purchase the 4 acres you see them standing on. I can see such pride and hope for the future in their eyes. The children see such a bright future for themselves. Jane has so much faith that all will be provided at the right time. She chooses not to focus on how long it took to save the money just to buy this land. Or how much longer it could take to save enough to build an orphanage and a school. The children don't worry that it may take so long that they won't even get to live there. They simply believe.