CHAPTER 2 - The BIG Flood
We will never forget that night, it had been raining all evening and the river next door was roaring as it swelled with water rushing down from The Mountain Range.
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The entire family huddled around the radio listening to flash warnings. It was about 7pm, a loud crash had us all scrambling to the window only to see the electricity pole outside our house being swept away but the flash flood. That was when we were glad of Uncle Camilo's flashlight. Even though the sandbags were blocking the door still water was seeping in and Mummy and Aunty Lisa were trying to mop up water with old towels. I was holding Puppy close and hoping no one noticed she was inside.
Suddenly there was a huge crash and the door broke and a lot of dirty water came rushing in and we realized that the river next to the house had broken its bank. We all backed into the bedroom where Granny was on the bed. The noise was terrifying with the crashing of falling trees and roaring water, it sounded like a monster. We could hear the neighbors screaming. We slammed the bedroom door and put more sandbags by the door. But it got worse the water was now up to our knees and it was time to evacuate, we were told the Primary School being on two stories was the best place of safety.
I found my coat and put it on pulling the hood up tight. I held on to P uppy and stuffed her inside and stepped into the water. We had to get to the Primary school. Even though I walked on the side of the road the water was up to my knees. Aunty Lisa was holding Uncle Camilo's phone shining a light for me, squeezing my hand so tight it hurt. Mummy and Uncle Camilo were following, carrying Granny at least I thought they were.....
Suddenly the light went out and something hit my legs under the water. I fell over and felt myself being sucked away by the water...... All I heard was "Camo Camo" my head banged into something. P uppy put her foot in my mouth, that's all I remember!
CHAPTER 3 - The Morning After
I woke up under a car, kind of jammed against
the tyres. I was wet and had mud in my mouth and my head was
hurting but thank God I was alive. I could not really work
out where I was.
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I could see the sea and, where the ravine
usually was, there was a big river, with great big stones, and mud - mud, mud, mud everywhere. You could not see the
road because of the mud. I had a big lump on my head.
And where was my puppy ? I called her and looked
and looked. People were standing in the street just looking.
Cars were smashed and crushed. Electricity poles were
down and wires everywhere. I could not understand how
I had got to the Bay. Our house was much further up the ravine,
or so I thought, I could hardly remember where I lived, I was muddled,
then I thought I saw puppy down by the sea and I
went to look, but it was a bigger dog.
Whilst I was there on the stony beach, a policeman in army uniform
called to me. I asked him if he had seen my puppy .
The Policeman took me to the Shelter and I expected
to see my mother, Aunty Lisa, Joey and Granny. He gave
me to the nurse instead. She touched my head and said
I had to go to the Hospital in Town. I thought maybe my mother was
hurt and so I was going to see her. People were just
sitting and staring. One lady was bawling a lot. I heard
someone say she had lost her baby girl that seemed careless. I thought
someone should help her look for her. The Policeman said we would
have to go to the hospital by boat. Someone gave me a packet of
crackers and a bottle of water, it seemed so little
but meant so much to me.
On the way back to the bay we went past a crushed car and
I heard a whimper. I saw a tail. I told the Policeman "wait
a while" and looked under the car and
there was Puppy wet and muddy but
I picked her up and hugged her tight she was shivering.
The Policeman said Puppy could come too, at last something good
The Policeman told me I was a champion and not to focus on what I
had been through I was to focus on where I was going in
life - where ever that was - the Hospital right now, unless this boat
sank! I remembered the story Auntie had told about floating
in a bath tub and I was thankful that I was in a wooden boat speeding
along with Puppy's ears flying behind her!
CHAPTER 4 - The Hospital
We went on the boat to Police Headquarters. Someone gave me a very big police cheese sandwich and I shared it with Puppy . She liked it a lot. A young police woman gave me a string to tie round Puppy 's neck so I did not have to carry him all the time.
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Then the policeman took me to the Hospital. It was quite a long walk up a steep hill and there was lots of mud and a funny smell. The river was very full. I saw a helicopter coming over my head with a flag underneath. The Policeman said it was a British Union Jack flag and that it was stuck under the helicopter was so people would know which countries were helping. There was metal roof sheeting everywhere and cars were blocking the road sitting where the river had put them. Some people seemed to be carrying a lot of shopping which was odd as the shops were mostly flooded out. Everyone seemed dazed and lost.
When we got to the hospital there was a fat nurse who was vexed and said that Puppy could not come inside Casualty! I was tired and sad. I wanted to see my Mummy and my Aunty and my Granny and Joey! I said I did not want to stay there. The Policeman said it was OK and that he would hold puppy for me whilst I went in with the Nurse. I thought I was going to see my family, I looked in the room but there was just a little girl crying, an old man who was very still and a very pregnant lady moaning. There was a young boy like me with blood running down his leg into the water on the floor making a horrible mess. The nurse took my temperature, and put a tight thing round my arm and then put a clothes peg on my finger. She said I had to see a doctor.
The doctor looked very tired. She said she had been there for 24 hours, all the way through the storm, but no one had come to relieve her. She said that I had "con cushion" or at least that is what it sounded like. She said I should go home and rest. I told her our home was gone and I did not know where my family members were. She called the policeman in and Puppy peed on the floor. You can imagine the nurse was not happy!
Whilst the nurse was shouting and getting a lady to come with a mop the police whispered in the Doctors ear. Then the Doctor told me to go and sit outside on the chairs with Puppy .
After a long time when the Policeman came back with a bottle of Sprite for me and a bread and a tin of Vienna Sausage. He told me that I was going on a big adventure. He also told me that they were looking for my Mum and Joey and Aunty Lisa and that very sadly they had found my Granny and she was not alive any more. He told me that I had to go to a nice Big House and wait to see what would happen. I was worried in case the people at the Big House would not like dogs. I began to cry I thought I might lose Puppy and I would be so lonely. I did not really understand what he said about Granny, " Swept away in flood water" how could she not be alive any more? The Policeman told me that he would tell them at the Big House that Puppy had to come as well.
I felt lost and lonely, totally abandoned, all I really had to call my own was Puppy. I felt I just had to cheer Puppy up so I told her a story my Granny once told me.
It was about a Rottweiller dog called Orion, who officially recognized for his role in rescuing people during the tragedy years ago in another Big Flood. A mudslide forced Orion and his owner Mauricio Pérez to leave their home and go to a safer place. They came across a young girl trapped by turbulent water. Orion guided the girl to shore by swimming at her side, then jumped back in to pull a second girl out of the water. He then helped eight children climb to high place and over time he saving 37 people from drowning, ranging from a girl of 8 years old to an elderly man of 80 years old. He was awarded the Medal "Honor The Value" and a certificate for the role he played. He also received plaques and medals from private institutions and governments, international tributes.
I told Puppy she deserved one of those Medals and one day I would give her one for sticking with me.
CHAPTER 5 – Life in the Big House
I was waiting at the hospital and suddenly,
things happened in a rush. Some strange soldiers came
and the Policeman told me to go with them. I was pleased
when I heard him tell them "the Puppy
goes with Him - it's all he has left".
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We went to the savannah in front of the hospital and there
was a helicopter already there. The blades on top the
helicopter were spinning like a fan and it was very loud.
The dust and leaves were blowing at me like the hurricane
wind all over again. The policeman did me high five and
gave me to a big soldier who made me do up my coat
and put a helmet on me. He put ear plugs in my ears
and a sort of life jacket on me, I held Puppy very tight ly.
Two soldiers pushed me up some big steps into the helicopter. I
looked back and waved to the Policeman. Then they strapped
me into a seat and they told me to tuck Puppy in
the seatbelt. A lady soldier told me this was a Wild Cat Helicopter.
She was funny and blocked Puppy 's ears when she
said "Wild cat" as she said dogs like to chase cats! She
had a red cross on her shoulder and she said she was
a nurse as well as a soldier. She said they were just giving me
a ride to the Children's Home as the bridge on the way was gone
and there was lots of rubbish blocking the road. I asked if
my Mum would be there but it was too noisy I could not understand
her answer, I started to feel very alone and scared, but I had to
When the helicopter landed, they undid all the straps and
took off the lifejacket and I got out still clutching
Puppy . It was further than I thought and I fell down.
I felt stupid as there were loads of children watching from the
steps of the big house. They seemed disappointed that it was just
me and Puppy, until behind me the soldiers brought
out bottles of water and boxes of biscuits. "Come
on Boy" said a Lady in an orange T shirt, "come away
from that helicopter." She took me into the kitchen with P
uppy and I heard the helicopter flying away. I never
got to say goodbye to the nice Nurse Soldier Lady.
The Home was huge. There were lots of bedrooms for boys downstairs
and upstairs there were lots more for girls.
The roof had come off a bit so the girls were all in just two of
the rooms, and there were piles of wet clothes everywhere.
There was a very big dining room and kitchen. I was
in a room with three other boys and I had my own bed.
The home had a generator that was noisy but it was nice to have
light. There was no TV or Internet as the Storm had messed up everything.
To save gas they just put the generator on from 6.00
-8.00pm then we went to bed and used flash lights.
The Lady in the orange T Shirt was called Miss Gloria, she said
Puppy had to live in the dog house under the building but
that I could see her when I wanted. She gave me to a man called
Mr. Johnson also in an orange T Shirt and he showed
me where Puppy would stay. He even had dog food for
her. He said their dog had got lost in the storm. No one knew
about my Mum and Aunty and Joey. I told
them the Police said Granny had died but they were looking for the
others. Another younger staff member said she heard they were all
washed away and said "accept her sympathy, the Lord is
with you boy, all these things will make you strong" I thought
that must be a mistake and at that moment I felt rather weak not
at all strong. I asked for my Dad but they said they heard that
they were all gone. I did not think that could be right.
I was beginning to feel frustrated, trapped and hurt. Pain started
to take over my feelings, I had to find someone to blame. I started
getting angry it seemed a way of releasing energy, it was my little
protest to the loss of my family, it just didn't make sense, it
simple wasn't fair and I wanted to lash out and hurt someone.
Nurse came to talk to me she wanted to know how I was f eeling
physically, I told her I felt drained and empty. I seem to be having
difficulty making decisions or staying focused. I was becoming easily
frustrated and ended up arguing more with people, I was feeling
tired, sad, numb, lonely and worried. This was hard, I needed help.
CHAPTER 6 – Good and bad secrets
Another problem was Mr. Johnson's. He always
looked at me as if I was in the way and said I should not
hug Puppy as I would get ‘Leap To Spring Osis’!
And he told Jasmine, my only friend, to stay away from me.
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I began to avoid him. Then one Monday he just did not come to work any longer! I was glad he was gone.
One day Jasmine told me she had a secret to tell me. We sat under
the house with Puppy and she told me........she told me Mr. Johnson
had left because of her. He had been trying to get her to do bad
things. He told her that he would get her ready to have a boyfriend.
He had been trying to touch her under her panties. He told her if
she did not do what he said he would kill Puppy. She said she ran
straight away and told Miss Gloria what he tried to do and the police
came and took him away. She said Mr. Johnson was in the prison waiting
for the court to decide on his punishment. I was so mad! How could
he say he would hurt Puppy! I was pleased he had left as I felt
like doing him something really bad, like punching him on the nose.
Jasmine said she knew what to do about Mr. Johnson's bad intentions
towards her as it was not the first time. She said her mother's
boyfriend had done something wrong to her before and she had told
her Sunday School Teacher. She said that is why she was in the Home.
As her mother did not believe her but the Sunday School teacher
did. She said the Sunday school teacher told her to "tell the
truth and truth would set her free" and that she had prayed
with her, then she got brave and when the Police came with the Welfare
officer she told them all about it and they were sorting it all
Jasmine said she knew that you should always run from people with
bad intentions and tell someone. She said she knew now that some
bad secrets should not be kept. She explained that “Good secrets”
were like not telling about a surprise party or what was in a present.
But “Bad secrets” were those where the person threatens
you if you tell what they did and where they touch you.
No one except your mum or the nurse should touch you where your
underwear goes and then tell you not to tell anyone that is a bad
secret to keep.
Jasmine said that after that experience with her mother's boyfriend
she had been different. She said her Sunday School Teacher had told
her that God loved her and that it was not her fault. She said she
had decided to follow Jesus, He became her best friend. I did not
know what she meant but I did know I was pleased Mr. Johnson was
CHAPTER 7 – Life in the Tent School
After about two weeks in the Big House, which
turned out to be a Children’s Home, with more new people
coming each day, the staff said the roads were clear and that
we would have to go to school.
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They made us walk about a mile as the bus had been crushed by a
tree falling on it. School was weird, no uniforms, no books, and,
because the metal roof had blown off, we were in a tent. Tents are
funny things. When the sun comes out they are hot, hot, hot and
you have to roll up the sides. When it rains and some of the children
cry because they think the storm is coming back, then you have to
let the sides down again and be hot and sweaty again. Our tent had
UNICEF written on it which meant that nice people from overseas
In the afternoon foreign workers came in blue T shirts they said
they were our friends and they set up something called a Child Friendly
Space where we played games. Their names were funny and if you did
learn them then they left for good! So in the end we just called
them "Miss" and "Sir"
I did not have any friends in the Home except for Jasmine. She
was 12 and was already at Secondary School so she did not come with
me to the Tent School. She had lived in that Home for months before
the Storm. She would sit with me under the house and pet Puppy and
talk to me. I told her that I did not believe that my Mum and Aunt
and Granny and Joey could all be dead. Granny was old so I could
believe that she had not made it but not the others. I had dreams
that Mummy was calling me, and when it rained, the smaller boys
would cry and I would dream I was under the car covered in mud.
(With Puppies paw in my mouth!)
The other children all seemed to know each other and the three
in my room were all from the same village. They called me ‘Helicopter
Boy” and would make helicopter noises every time I came in.
One big boy said that he hated people from my village and that he
would poison my dog as she wasn't a fierce breed like a Pit Bull.
He loved Pit Bulls and so, after a while, that is what we called
him, even the staff. "Pit" became his name. Everyone would
have a job in the Home.
Pit’s was to take out the garbage to the bins. He always made
me do it so that he would not hurt Puppy. He said he would tie a
block round her neck and throw her in the sea. Sometimes I was very
sad and lonely I would hide and cry quietly hugging Puppy my only
I didn’t do too well in the Tent School, my mind was easily
distracted and I got muddled up at times and couldn’t concentrate.
I wish I could remember where I use to live, I guess it was that
bump to my head!
Some nights I would dream about my old home, Puppy and I were playing
by the river and dad was home for the week end, it was such a good
dream. I wondered when my Dad would come and rescue me.
CHAPTER 8 – Giving my life to Christ
"Come and meet my Sunday School teacher
Camo!" So the lady who had helped Jasmine ‘tell
the truth’ had come to visit. She was pretty and she
smelled nice. She had a guitar and played songs with the children.
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She gave us Bible story books and crayons to colour. She said that Jesus could sleep in the storm when he was on a boat. I thought that was incredible!
I could not sleep properly in a comfortable bed as the storm kept
troubling me in my dreams and I kept crying for my mother. She told
us that Jesus had a special power not to be afraid and not to hate
people who hurt him. She told us that because Jesus loved us He
died on the cross and wanted to help us to be friends with God and
have power not to be afraid and not to hate people. She said we
had to decide if to follow Jesus or go our own way and do our own
thing. She said the way to become a Christian was to Repent and
Believe in Jesus the Son of God.
I thought this sounded interesting I have always wanted special
powers!!! Also I was very troubled about how much I hated Pit and
Mr. Johnson too!
I knew God had saved my life and I really needed to be able to
sleep in the storm. I decided to give my life to Christ and to be
a Christian. I am not a great reader but the Bible Books had loads
of pictures and the Sunday School Teacher said that God loved everyone
whether they were top or bottom of the class, good or bad, pretty
or ugly, that Jesus still died for them so they could "tell
the truth and the truth would set them free" She taught
us about Noah who had survived a flood and how God had put the rainbow
in the sky to give us all hope that He would never destroy the earth
by flood again. I liked that story because I had seen a big rainbow
when I woke up under the car that awful day of the flood.
Pit somehow heard that I had put my hand up when the Sunday School
Teacher prayed. He straight away said I was a Bible bashing Christian.
He said Christians were selfish, only helped their own church people
and taking people's money. He said he would kill Puppy then I could
pray for him to be raised from the dead. I felt myself getting red
I just wanted to punch Pit on the nose! That night I remember the
boys in my room were especially tormenting with their helicopter
noises and saying that nobody wanted to be friends with Helicopter
I pulled the sheet over my head and asked God to switch on those
magic powers as right now all I could think about was all the bad
things I wanted to do to those guys.
It started to rain and the littlest boy started to cry but I went
sound asleep I dreamt about Noah in the Ark and God sending the
rainbow but I wasn’t sure I could trust that I was frightened
the flood would return. All of a sudden I felt so lost and lonely
all I really had to call my own was Puppy, she made me smile, but
then I remembered I could call on my new friend Jesus.
I was excited about meeting the Sunday School teacher next week
and learning more about this life with Jesus.
CHAPTER 9 - I'm a new creature
Next week Jasmine and I were the first in
Sunday School, I could hardly wait to learn more. She had
told us this week we would learn about a butterfly that really
started out as a fuzzy little caterpillar.
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I didn't like caterpillars, my dad had always warned me that they ate lots of his vegetables in the kitchen garden, I knew I didn't like them they were ugly, no one would say that caterpillars are beautiful. A caterpillar is a worm -- and worms are not beautiful! In
fact the only good thing about worms was that you could put them
on a hook and go fishing. Jasmine squirmed when I told her my fishing
stories, with wriggling worms.
But then I learnt in Sunday School that one day the caterpillar
spun a cocoon about himself and stays there for several weeks. Just
hanging upside down, occasionally twitching, who would imagine that
anything good was happening. But it was like the caterpillar was
being born again and when it comes out, it is no longer a caterpillar,
it has been miraculously changed into a beautiful butterfly, it
was a new creation.
But it took time, it was like the caterpillar died in the chrysalis
or cocoon and eventually the butterfly emerged but it was a struggle.
One day Puppy and I were in the field next to the Children's Home
and we saw a chrysalis hanging from a twig, it started twitching
and cracking open. We watched as the butterfly struggled to get
out. It made me think of all the struggling I had to do over the
time since the 'big Storm', that Cat called Gary 5. I later learnt
that a butterfly must struggle out of its chrysalis to start the
blood to flow into its wings to make it strong and able to fly.
It must do this to complete its life cycle into a butterfly. I felt
I wanted to help the struggling butterfly but by assisting the butterfly
and helping it to free itself, I would never let it fully develop
and fulfill its destiny. I would actually be hindering it and prevented
it from becoming who it was meant to be.
What God showed me was that what He does, sometimes in our lives,
is to allow the struggle, the hurt, the process because we
must fight to become fully who we are meant to be.
If He stepped in to help during the most crucial part in our lives,
we would never become who we were made to be. As I pondered
this thought out came the butterfly, flying away . with Puppy in
the chase, she chased that butterfly all around the field until
she eventually fell into the ditch which was filled with muddy water,
you should have seen her she changed from a white puppy to a brown
dog! "That's it Puppy you are going to have a bath even
you will become a new creation!"
The Bible says, "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!" When we invite Jesus
to come into our heart, we become a new creation. God doesn't just
clean us up, He makes us into a new person.
So now when I find myself in a huge struggle or fight I can have
hope. I now understand that this could be in the most important
part of my life that will make me into who I am destined to be.
I know that Jesus is with me and what I am to become is so great
that all I have been through and am going though will pave the way
for what I am to become. Strong, free, and soaring high with beautiful,
colorful butterfly wings to carry me onto the next adventure of
life with Puppy.
CHAPTER 10- I'm in the Lord's army
I was so excited because today the Missionaries
from America were coming to visit us in the Children's Home.
We were told they were brining lots of toys from America,
I could hardly wait, even Pit was excited and seemed in better
mood than usual.
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When they arrived I was given a brand new skateboard and not only
that but all the protective gear needed to keep me safe.
They told me the first thing was to make sure I had the right kind
of shoes. I know you wouldn't go skating in a pair of cowboy boots,
would you? Your shoes should have a flat bottom to help you get
a better grip on the board. Next, I was told every skateboarder
should wear a helmet. You might think that wearing a helmet makes
you look like a dork, but, believe me, it is the smart thing to
do. Another thing you will need is pads. It is important to have
pads to protect your elbows and knees. Now that I had all the right
gear, it is time to go skateboarding. Even professional skateboarders
make sure they have the right protective equipment.
Just as we need protective gear in skateboarding, the Bible teaches
us that we need protection in life. The Bible calls it the armor
of God and it tells us that we need the armor of God to protect
us from Satan's evil schemes. We were taught this in Sunday School
and marched around singing 'I'm in the Lords army' I loved it, Jasmine
thought it was for boys only but we got to learn about the armor
The belt of truth - The Bible tells us that Satan is the "father
of lies," but he can never win if we will hold on to the truth
that Jesus Christ is Lord
The breastplate of righteousness - Satan can never harm us when
we choose to do what God says is right
Feet fitted with the gospel of peace - Satan tries to create worry
and confusion in our lives, but knowing Jesus brings peace
The shield of faith - Satan will try to plant seeds of doubt in
our hearts and minds, but those seeds of doubt can never take root
if we have faith in Jesus
The helmet of salvation - Jesus came from heaven to earth to save
us from the evil one, if we accept salvation in Jesus' name, we
will win the battle against Satan
The sword of the Spirit - the Bible, God's Holy Word, it is a powerful
weapon against Satan.
I know no skateboarder should ever get on his board without the
proper equipment, and I should never try to go through life without
the armor of God.
CHAPTER 11- Free at last
That Sunday School Teacher came back again
the next week and asked if any of us had any questions. I
said "How do you turn on the magic powers?"
She told us that God loved us and wanted us to be free from
fear and free from hate.
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She told us we had to take our fears and tell them to God. She told us that God always listens to us and that
one of the special powers is prayer and that this is
like a private phone to God. She said this private phone is only
connected to God. He must have millions of ears to hear everyone
at the same time. She said that fears and nightmares
are like ropes that tie us and that God can cut them
if we ask him in Jesus name. We all made cell phones out of cereal
packets and started talking to God.
Then she said that hating people was the opposite of what God wanted
us to do. She told us it was hard to have love for God in your heart
if your heart was filled with hate. She told us we could open
the tap of our heart and say we are sorry and
let the hate run out. She said this is called repentance.
She told us a neat story about a woman who did some bad things
in her life. She didn't say what they were but we know that she
was very, very sorry. She felt so bad in fact, that she went to
see Jesus in someone's house-when she wasn't even invited!! She
didn't know anyone, the people in the house didn't want her there
but she was meeting Jesus! I imagine she must have felt very scared
and very little. I don't mean little like she was tiny, I mean little
like she was with people who were very important. She probably felt
UNimportant. Not only did she go, but she knelt down behind Jesus
and washed his feet WITH HER TEARS! Then she washed them with perfume.
You can imagine how the other people in the house felt. One of
them got upset with her and with Jesus! Simon the Pharisee didn't
think Jesus should be letting her do that. But Jesus not only let
her do it, he told her that her sins-all the bad things we do in
our life-were forgiven. She was able to leave with a happy and peaceful
heart. There were so many lessons to be learned from this story,
firstly the woman did something wrong and wanted to make it right.
I could think of lots of things I had said and done that I wish
I could now make right. Jasmine told me this is what Jesus wants
me to do. If we do something wrong, what could we do to make it
right? What are some things we could do to make it better?
The other thing we need to get from this story is how Jesus reacted.
Did Jesus throw the woman out? Did he say-"you did something
wrong, leave me alone?" What did Jesus do? He let her
stay, he let her ask for forgiveness, and then he forgave her. It's
important for us to do the same.
I decided to give it a try. After all, what had I got to lose except
horrible dreams, bad feelings and loneliness? I gave
God my fears, my memories of that scary storm, the sadness
and the loneliness. Then I gave God the anger and the
hate. It wasn't easy but I chose to stop hating and to
forgive those mean kids and even Pit.
Then I remembered Mr. Johnson and his threats to hurt
Puppy and I thought of him in the State Prison
and I even decided not to be angry with him any more too.
I was free at last, free to forgive.
CHAPTER 12– I'm sorry
I just have to learn how to say ‘I'm
sorry' it just doesn't seem to come naturally, Pit has
made my life a misery and I have been mean to him as well.
How do I say I'm sorry? These were the questions I was asking
myself, Jasmine and our Sunday School Teacher.
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She told me
that sincere apologies can lead to forgiveness, which takes
the sting out of hurts.I knew this was necessary in a happy, healthy life. But I had
to learn how to say I'm sorry, how to apologies and really mean
it even to someone like Pit, because up until now I was glad I had
punched him on the nose. Then I learnt the "three Rs" in a successful
1) Remorse: Feeling sorry for the action.
2) Repentance: Expressing
what's in your heart.
3) Recompense: This is when you try to make
amends, which is not always possible, but always worth a try.
I knew "I'm sorry" means nothing unless it comes from
a repentant heart. So I first had to ask God to forgive me for being
so nasty to Pit.
I had read in Ephesians 4:32 Be kind
to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has
forgiven you through Christ.
So I had no choice but to go and find Pit and tell him how sorry
I was for punching him in the nose. "I'm sorry Pit. I blew it.
I was wrong, please forgive me Pit." Guess what Pit put
his hand out and we shook hands, it was the beginning of the healing
that was so needed
I felt better after unpacking all those super powers but I was
still lonely...... That night I dreamed of my Dad. He was looking
for me in the mud, and all the nightmares and fears of that terrible
night came flooding back, but then, in my dream Jesus came walking
into my room and turned on the light and I wasn't afraid any more
and Jesus took my hand and led me outside. There was dad and he
and I and Puppy started playing on a lovely green lawn outside of
a beautiful new house, it was a good dream and I woke up feeling
CHAPTER 13– Daddy
Miss Gloria and the other adults in orange
T shirts were always asking me what I remembered about where
I came from. I told them my name and my village and my Mum's
name Camel Roberts but I could not remember Granny's real
name or Aunty Lisa’s or Joey’s surname.
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I told them my Dad was Ronnie Joseph. That is why I am Cameron. Cam - Ron.
They told me that the Police said that they did not find my Mum
or any of my family and that the house went in the sea. I kept hoping it wasn't
true. They said they would try to find my Dad.
Then one day Miss Gloria came into school and said I had to come
now, now, now! I was worried that maybe something had happened to
Puppy or that he had escaped and chewed up someone's shoes. It would
not be the first time. She said no, I had a visitor. I went into
the office and there was a very dirty tired looking man with a beard.
It was ......my Dad.....He held his arms out and we just hugged
and hugged. He said he was sorry, that he had only just found out
where I was as he had been told I was lost with my Mum and Lisa
and Joey. He had walked for days to get from the other side of the
island to get to our village. He said that people said that the
whole family was lost. Then he met that Policeman from the first
day and he told him I was alive and in the Home. As I listened,
I realised that it was true my Mum was actually gone in the storm,
and Aunty Lisa and Joey, I cried and cried and cried and then Miss
Gloria suggested I take my Dad to meet Puppy.
When we sat under the house my Dad gave me a special present, all
wrapped up, a Teddy Bear toy, soft and squidgy, little did I know
how precious ‘Teddy’ would become to me.
Dad told me that he had been so sad when he thought that I was
dead and that seeing me today was the best thing that had ever happened
to him. He told me that he was so sorry that he had not come before.
He asked me to forgive him for not being there. Dad said our lives
may have taken some strange twists and turns but the One who holds
our tomorrows is still in control. It kind of reminded me of the
story of Joseph in the Bible. Dad said that he had asked God to
help him find me and now that he had, we would serve God together
for the rest of our lives. "And Puppy”
CHAPTER 14– Peace like a river
Dad and I along with Puppy moved back into
the country side, it was where we were from, it’s where
‘we belong’ Dad told me. The wide open
fields were a wecome to the cramped conditions I had know
for so long in the Big House.
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Dad and I, along with Puppy, moved back into the country side,
it was where we were from, it’s where ‘we belong’
Dad told me.
Dad started planting vegetables and keeping fish, goats and even
rabbits to eat and distribute among the community. He taught me
about Moringa and we planted it all around our property and all
the animals ate it and were very healthy. We even drank the tea
and began to feel stronger and healthier, dad showed me how you
can purify water using Moringa.
Sometimes we would all go down to the river to play. Those times
I felt most at peace, Puppy would splash around at the edge and
try to pick up rocks from the river bed, when she did bubbles would
come out of her nose! It looked so funny I would laugh at her.
Dad taught me how to swim in the river, I loved those times with
Dad, he made me feel special and it almost made up for not having
mum around. I began to realize how much my Heavenly Father loves
I continued to go to Sunday School and I learnt more about peace.
This was a whole new experience for me. I learnt that Jesus said
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.
And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t
be troubled or afraid."
But sometimes at the end of the day, when it was time to turn out
the lantern, we still did not have electricity, and go to bed, I
wanted to know that I was not alone in the darkness. That is where
my Teddy Bear came to the rescue.
Dad gave me Teddy the day we were united at the Big House and at
night Teddy was never very far away. Somehow, the darkness was not
so frightening with "Teddy" in the bed with me, and Puppy
sleeping at the foot of the bed in his ‘special bed’
that Dad had built for her.
Our Sunday School teacher told us something funny, she said "Know
Jesus, Know Peace - No Jesus, No Peace."
That made me laugh out loud and it really said it all! If we want
to know peace, we can only know that peace when we know Jesus, the
Prince of Peace. If we don't know Jesus, we can have no peace.
That is how I was at the Big House before Jesus became my best
friend and gave me that super power to forgive Pit and even that
nasty man that threatened to kill Puppy and did nasty things to
my friend Jasmine. I had no peace - only fear, bitterness, anger
and loneliness but those days are now way behind me. In another
life it seems. I had forgiven those people, it made sense to because
not forgiving them is like drinking Poison yourself and expecting
it to kill someone else!
I have moved on, now I have my Dad and my Heavenly Daddy and Puppy,
what more could a boy ask for!
CHAPTER 15– He watches over us
As time went by the crops started to grow
again, the bananas were bearing and there was more to eat.
The trees were green again with leaves and some of the fruit
trees that we thought were dead after the storm started to
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There was a new sense of hope. Dad said that I was
growing up, I was very pleased, I pushed my chest out and
stuck my chin up in the air and went on tip toe to make myself
a little taller. Dad said I was now his big boy, he had my back, he was watching over me.
One day I noticed that Puppy was growing up as well in fact she was getting very fat!
I didn't understand why until she started to pull leaves together and she found some rags in the shed and it seemed she was making a bed for herself under the house. Then she lay down and I sat down and watched over her as she gave birth to three beautiful little puppies. They were perfect except their eyes were shut, but Dad explained they were born that way and very soon he was right they opened their eyes and saw me for the first time.
What 'Fun Fabulous' days we had. Puppy and I playing with her new puppies, I just knew I could never be happier than I was those days. Puppy always watched over her puppies, she would pick them up and bring back into the shelter if they wondered off and that is when I began to think that my Heavenly 'Daddy' knows everything that I go through. There is nothing that happens to me that He doesn't know about. Just like Puppy He is watching over me. When I felt lonely and totally abandoned at the Big House, when everything seems hopeless, I began to realize that even then God knows and God cares.
And if I wonder off track a bit, He comes after me just like Puppy rounds up her puppies so my Heavenly 'Daddy' comes after me, gives me a big hug and brings me back into the pack.
I was happy the sun was shining and the birds were singing and a little sparrow came hopping up to look at Puppy's puppies.
Then it all came flooding back, the smell of Coconut Bread baking as Granny pottered around the kitchen in our 'old house' the one the BIG Flood washed away, and I can hear her now, singing at the top of her old crackly voice .
"Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely, and long for heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portion, a constant friend is He.
His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches over me.
His eye is on the sparrow; and I know He watches me."
And I wept with joy, I knew my hurting heart was healed and for the first time since that dreadful night of the flood I sang that same old song I had heard at Sunday School so often.
"I sing because I'm happy. I sing because I'm free!
His eye is on the sparrow; and I know He watches me.
His eye is on the sparrow; and I know He watches me."
Not just sparrows, He watches
over Dad and I
'And Puppy and her puppies'!
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