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Kimani rescued from darkness

November 5, 2013

By J. Blake Ragsdale

Kimani’s childhood was lived behind closed doors. His adoptive family made it seem as if the young boy didn’t exist. A horror story played out as Kimani struggled to survive unimaginable abuse.

“I had no hope. I didn’t think I had anything to be hopeful for,” Kimani says , who is now 18 years old. “I didn’t know what love was.”

Kimani was forced to stay indoors to prevent the atrocities from coming to light. At night, Kimani slept in a small, locked closet. Every aspect of his life was enveloped in darkness.

“I went through all types of abuse,” Kimani reveals. “I’ve been beaten on the tongue with a brush. I’ve been kicked.”

He was also starved. The malnourishment took a serious toll on Kimani’s health. He was constantly fatigued and the lack of regular meals severely stunted the boy’s growth.

“Sometimes when I was fed, my mom would tell me there was poison in my food,” Kimani divulges. “When you are a hungry child, it’s hard to decide whether to go to bed hungry or eat something that’s not meant to be eaten.”

In 2007, Kimani’s situation was discovered and he was brought to Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH). At the Broyhill Home campus in Clyde, he received a new home under the care of houseparents like Will and Betty Porter.

“When we first met Kimani, he was 12 years old, weighed 32 lbs., and wore size three toddler clothes,” says Betty Porter. “When we got him into care, we started praying and asking God what we could do to make a difference.”

Kimani moved into Frizzell-Higdon Cottage with his houseparents and the other boys. And for the first time in his memory, Kimani had his own bed and plenty of hot food to eat.

“I got to go shopping for the first time and choose my own clothes. I was so happy I didn’t know where to start,” Kimani says smiling. “It was a great night, and I felt safe.”

Along with the care from his new BCH family, Kimani also received much-needed attention of medical specialists. In his six years at BCH, Kimani has grown from around 3’ to 5’ 2” tall. The boy who had never attended school is now a healthy, high school senior who dreams of being a personal trainer.

“When I first arrived I could barely walk up the hill,” Kimani says. “If it hadn’t been for BCH, I honestly don’t think I would be alive today.”

Because of the love shown to him through BCH’s Christ-centered ministry and the support of North Carolina Baptists, Kimani has accepted Jesus as Savior.

“The Lord takes something that the devil means to harm us with and He’ll make good out of it,” Porter shares. “He has sure done that with Kimani’s life.”

Kimani has stepped out of the darkness and into the light. His future, once shrouded in uncertainty, is now filled with hope and promise.

“I went from a kid with no life in him to a kid full of life,” Kimani says. “I have been transformed, renewed, changed, and I have been rescued thanks to them.”

Editor’s Note: Kimani’s story is a part of this year’s Annual Offering video. Watch “Blessed” at www.bchfamily.org/offering.

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