The Hebrew name Naomi means "beautiful, pleasant, delightful."
Naomi, a central figure in the Old Testament book of Ruth, lost her husband and two grown sons in ten years time. This left her with only her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, who had not yet borne children to carry on the family name. After these three deaths, Naomi, believing God had left her with no family, became so despondent that she changed her name to Mara, meaning "bitter." One of the daughters-in-law, Orpah, left Mara, but Ruth stayed by her side and returned to Mara’s home with her. It was there that kinsman Boaz tenderly took Ruth as his wife, and together they had a baby to carry on Naomi’s lineage. Mara rejoiced at once again having a family and she became an example of God’s redemptive love to the broken. The baby born to Ruth and Boaz later became King David’s grandfather, and was therefore in the direct lineage to Jesus Christ, the One Redeemer of the world.
Looking into the embittered eyes of some Kenyan orphans, one may conclude they also believe God has abandoned them, as did Mara. Yet we know God has not forgotten, but instead views them, like Naomi, as "beautiful, pleasant, and delightful." The children of Naomi’s Village, once orphans, have come to know God’s redemptive love through his restoration of them to a family where they now belong. From bitter to beautiful, the story has not changed in 3,000 years since the book of Ruth was first recorded.
"It takes a village to raise a child." - African proverb
We know that in order to raise our children to be leaders that change Kenya, it will take everyone’s help. We all have unique gifts and talents to add. Add yours now.