Seybou is my night guard, and as
the only one with a driver's licence, he's been driving four kids
back and forth to school. Doing both, watching the house at night,
and driving the kids during the day, is obviously too much. Once
we move onto our property, somebody else will be the night guard,
and he'll be the driver only. But since he told me tonight it's
too much, I told him to stop watching at night and just do the
driving during the day.
However, he also wants to get a
higher salary. All my workers are paid the same - and I pay all
the (good) food, medical coverage, and education. He only sees
the cash he gets, and doesn't realize that what I spend on him
and his family is at least three times that and therefore higher
than other people's salaries. I'm pretty sure he's comparing his
with the other night guards around us.
Seybou is forgetting that I sent
him to driving school a year ago, and paid for it. He's forgetting
that he learned to read and write here. He's forgetting that he
and his family found the Lord here. And most of all, he's forgetting
that his children have no future if they leave. Especially his
6-year-old son Hama who can't walk has no future whatsoever if
they leave - no hope for an education, or ever being anything
but a beggar on the street. Hama has been so changed since coming
to live with us - he loves Jesus, is joyful, and has made much
progress in learning to walk. Just today I had the joy of comforting
him, holding him, and loving on him. I hear him call my name all
day, and he always wants to be with me.
Seybou does not realize all the
implications of him telling me they are leaving if I don't pay
him more. He has not thought it through. When I look at his face,
I see the confusion, the darkness, the influences from other people
or beings. He's also forgetting that they are not just employees,
but part of the family.
PLEASE JOIN WITH US IN PRAYER!
Pray for all the powers of darkness
to be silenced in his life, that he won't make any rash, stupid
decisions. Pray for protection for the children. Pray for a solution.
It just wouldn't be fair to pay him more than the others who work
with me. And since we still only have a third of our budget taken
care of every month, which often leaves us in difficult situations
financially (like right now even), there is just no way I can
increase the money I give my workers, even if I'd like to.
PRAY FOR THIS CRISIS TO BE RESOLVED!
Pray for God to give wisdom and direction.
Pray for His will to be done!
In HIS service,