Finding myself as I journeyed
Leilua Lino, London
“Dear Lord, as I go through what has been planned for me today; Help me see clearly your plans for my simple life.”
That was my silent prayer as I woke up in London on this second day of my journey.
Today, I met the other awardees like me. It’s funny because I never thought that you could be awarded for being a survivor. But who am I to question God’s purpose for my life?
There are six of us, and as we were introduced to each other and started sharing our stories, I could see how my life differs from the others. I could also see how I am fitting in well with the others. Oh how grateful I am to God for making all of this happen.
I listened to how they wanted to be successful in life; as for me, this is me. I am just a student at the School of Hope still searching for what life has in store for me; an abused survivor who releases her anger by digging the soil; who finds peace in planting a Garden. All I know is that I want to make a difference in the lives of other children like me.
And as we visited the museum in the afternoon, I wished that my brothers and sisters at the Campus of Hope were here to enjoy this moment together with me. It is a whole new world out here, but I chose to follow my passion and make a difference, one child at a time.
The big day is tomorrow, where the learning throughout my journey to London will be put to the test.
I am slowly seeing God’s plan for me, as I continued my journey with an open mind.