Ibrahima is having a great visit in Kansas City. He has met new people and renewed friendships with many others. He handles everything we throw at him with grace and wisdom. He has already given multiple talks about God, Grace school and life in Mali to church groups and dinner parties. The other night our family was blessed to have Darryl Burton over for dinner. He was imprisoned in 1984 by the state of Missouri for a crime he didn’t commit. He went in to prison an angry, directionless poor urban kid. God has a way of working on the hardest of hearts though. Over the next 20 some years as he fought his case- singlehandedly at first, and later with a team of attorneys from the Midwest Innocence Project- he began to follow Christ. By the time he was released in 2008 and showed up the next week with his attorney at the church I was attending, his anger had been replaced with forgiveness and love and a fire within to spread the Gospel. He is a remarkable man. Working his way through seminary at St Paul’s he gives his message to anyone that will listen. And it is a strong message.
It was an amazing evening, witnessing Darryl and Ibrahima trade stories and experiences. Darryl has a heart for Africa and all of its people. He understands the importance of education. And he understands the power of Christ to transform lives in a way that most of can’t fathom. He was very interested and encouraging in our work with Grace School. He and Ibrahima have a very similar calling to spread the Gospel and they both do so in such an inspiring and inclusive way.
This weekend Ibrahima is making the rounds at Church of the Resurrection and also meeting many families at an impromptu end of summer party at the Nelson art gallery with Melissa and her many friends. He is enjoying the heat – it feels like home to him. Although at home there is no escape from it. Very few places in Koro have fans. He said most people just have manual fans- their hand! Don’t wait too long to buy your ticket to our fun event on September 6th. Tickets are limited and really starting to go fast. We want everyone there!