If you have talked with us over the past nine months the conversation positively, with out a doubt, must have mentioned our Mommy Duro! Maybe we bragged about her immaculate cleaning skills, famous fried chicken, or yummy made from scratch sugar cookies -sure to make your arms jiggle (right Abby Anderson)!? Or maybe it was about her one look says it all expressions, beautiful singing voice, cute rose print outfit, loving heart, or extreme work ethic? No matter the context I am sure you quickly understood how much Mommy Duro has and continues to bless our lives. It is indisputable, our favorite part of this new life in Nigeria is having this special lady inside our home each day!
Fabricating the relationship even more has been getting to know Duro’s family. She has four daughters, one son, and seven grandchildren. Duro is “married” but like many women in Nigeria her husband moved away several years back, most likely found another wife, and Duro has been left raising the family solo ever since. Her kids are now all grown, but she has one daughter and grandson, Babatunde, who still live with her full time. Babatunde, her eldest grandson, is 15 years old, and has captivated our hearts much like his grandmother.
Babatunde and Duro are equally humble and quiet. Therefore it hasn’t come fast, but steadily over time, we have been able to catch a glimpse into their hearts. Slowly hearing their struggles, goals, and dreams for the future. What has especially caught our attention is their BIG dream for Babatunde’s future. Babatunde, nearing his final year in secondary school, hopes to one day become a surgeon. The odds may seem to be stacked up against him. A boy from a small Nigerian village, raised by his grandmother, and to which money does not come easy. To some these aspirations may even seem impossible, however, we believe just the opposite. Our prayer is to come alongside Babatunde as a source of encouragement and hope. Babatunde has been attending George Campion Academy in Egbe since nursery school. George Campion is one of the few respectable schools in the area. The school fees are high which typically only allow for the wealthier families of the community to attend, but somehow Duro has come up with the money each term. Babatunde’s grades are nearly perfect, and he has held the number 1 position in his class every term since nursery school. Besides his academic prowess talking to Babatunde will melt your heart, his manners are beyond normal. He comes to greet us often, telling us how thankful he is for all we are doing in the life of his Mommy Duro. Confusing us because our thoughts are of the contrary!!
We love these two so much and feel its appropriate to allow you, our supporters, to share in the joy they bring us. If it were not for our monthly ministry money given graciously by you each month we would not be able to have hired Duro, and if not for fervent prayers the relationship may not have been as fruitful! We ask you for continued prayers for Duro and Babatunde. In August he will begin his final year, begin sitting for national exams, and start applying for Universities. Pray for us to have wisdom to guide him in the right direction and that funds may be provided. Pray Babatunde will not lose confidence, stepping out boldly but only through God strengthening those steps.
Recent conversation with Babatunde:
“What is your ultimate dream, like your Chronicles of Narnia fantasy world!?” asked myself. (he has been reading the books)
“Well Ma, I think its whatever God wants?” said Babatunde
Simple, but true!