Saturday, July 26, 2014

So Little but so much Heart

Kyle walks hand in hand with his new refugee friend.
by Kyle Shiring

At the Kiziba refugee camp I met a man named Johnson. He was friendly, smart, and willing to share his life with me. When we first arrived in the refugee camp, he was the man who gave me the tour and told me about how he wants to go to college. Johnson was the librarian in Kiziba and we made a great connection. On the last day in Kiziba I gave him one of my gifts to remember me by. He was very happy about this. He then went inside and he got me a magazine and wrote his name so i could remember him, which was amazing. It amazed me because I had an abundance of the items I brought to give to people, but he gave this to me with nothing to give except for the kindness of his heart. He gave me the only thing that he could give me with the little he had. 


  1. Thank you for sharing this touching post about your connection with Johnson. I was hoping to hear a little about the library, but this was so much more. By listening to Johnson's dream for college and sharing that with us we can join you in hoping and praying for that for him.

  2. What a beautiful exchange. And the photo of these two men, hand in hand ... oh my goodness. I can FEEL the kindness and connection between Kyle and Johnson.

  3. “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” ~ Teresa of Ávila

    I've spent the weekend reading all of your posts from Kiziba over and over again. Do you know how special you are? God is working through you every day. I can't wait to see what he has in store for you this upcoming week and for when you get home.

  4. Johnson is a librarian. I cannot imagine what it is like to love to read and not be able to go to the places you read about or study them more in depth. The magazine is a very special gift sharing the stories he has read. Thank you for being there.

  5. I do love how this photo embodies the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words!"