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SURINAME FLOOD STORY BOOK
Dutch 'En Jonge Hond' (Front Cover)
The BIG Flood
The Morning After
Life in the Home
|Life in the Tent School
Giving my life to
I'm a new creature
I'm in the Lords
Free at last
Peace like a river
He watches over
CHAPTER 1 - Flood Warning
"Guno , No school tomorrow, the radio
says there has been heavy rain in the Wilhelmina
Mountains and we are expecting flooding "
my Mother announced the news. "Hurray!
No school!" I thought to myself. Being seven
years old and in Primary School, I much preferred
playing in the river with my dog to school work!
Dutch 'En Jonge Hond' Chapter #1
(Front and back page)
"The President says no work either it is serious"
my Mother continued.
"He said the short rains this year have been much heavier than
usual and the soil is very wet so only a small amount of rain could
have significant impacts." So hearing mum talking about heavy
rain in Wilhelmina Mountains so early in the rainy season
I started to get nervous.
Uncle Mitchell told me to go and start collecting sand he had to
make up sandbags to try and put around the house especially blocking
up the doors. Puppy and I took the wheelbarrow down to the beach
I was shouveling sand into it and Puppy was scratching it out. It
turned into a game, until I remembered mums warning 'We gotta
be prepared" I rushed home with my sand and helped Uncle Mitchell
bag it up.
Mum was busy gather supplies, she said it was in case we had to
leave immediately, or if services are cut off. She had to remember
Granny's specific needs, including medication. I told her not to
forget Puppies special needs, like dog food, a bone and drinking
water. Mum seemed more interested in drinking water for the family
and I was running around drawing water from the well and Granny
was boiling it up and putting it in large containers.
Uncle Mitchell had obtained extra batteries and everyone was busy
charging their cell phones. Someone from America had once sent us
a solar charger for phones and Uncle Mitchell was clutching it like
his life depended upon it!
Granny was busy putting all our important documents in a waterproof
container, it was taking a long time because every time she came
across a birth certificate, it always seemed to have a long story
behind it. She told the story of the floods of May 2006 which were
the worst in memory. Especially for people living on the small islands
in Suriname's Eastern Rivers she said. Then she would remember she
had a job to do and started collected up the marriage certificate
they each had stories about the great day, even the Passports had
to pondered over, page by page remembering all those trips to far
Aunty Rasida was busy putting items into bags include things like
blankets, towels and clothing. Boxes contained all the extra tinned
foods that Uncle Mitchell had got from the market. " Things
are selling out the shelves are bare" he told mum. "This
is a crisis , don't forget the first aid kit. "
Mum said we should make up a Family Disaster Plan , in
which each person has a role and knows in advance exactly what to
do and how to work together in case of emergency.
All of a sudden I felt very lonely and ignored, all the adults
were busy doing important things and I was told to just ' go
away ,' I felt very rejected and alone. I wondered where my
Dad was. He did not live with us or even in our village. He worked
in the cotton fields and cutting sugar cane. I did see him though,
as he would bring bags of food for my Mum. He would sometimes talk
to me on her phone. Even thought dad was not here I know I was important
to my mum and dad. Mum was always telling me " Guno
you are a special boy, brave in battle, that's your name "
She always told me God knew me and would quote the Bible "I
knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before
you were born I set you apart" It always made me feel special
and I tried to remember this now as everyone was rushing around
preparing for the BIG flood.
But as time went on I started to get frightened, I wish Dad was
here, no one seemed to have any time for me, so I went outside to
find Puppy and we sat together and watched the dark storm clouds
get darker, 'full of rain' Uncle told me, I wished they would go
away and leave us alone.
CHAPTER 2 - The BIG Flood
We will never forget that night, it had been
raining all evening and the Maroni river close by was roaring
as it swelled with water rushing down from the Wilhelmina
Dutch 'En Jonge Hond' Chapter #2
(Front and back page)
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 Mitchell's
flashlight. Even though the sandbags were blocking the door
still water was seeping in and Mummy and Aunty Rasida
were trying to mop up water with old towels. I was holding P uppy
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 Rasida was holding Uncle Mitchell's phone
shining a light for me, squeezing my hand so tight it hurt. Mummy
and Uncle Mitchell 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 " Guno,
Guno " 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. I could see
the sea and, where the ravine usually was, there
was a big river, with great big stones.
Dutch 'En Jonge Hond' Chapter #3
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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 him 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. I thought I saw my 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 Rasida, Uncle Mitchell 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 that seemed careless. I thought
someone should help her look for it. 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.
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
had happened. 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 the Fisheries
and The Policeman took me to Police Headquarters. Someone
gave me a Broodje Bakeljauw and I shared it
with Puppy . He 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 her all the time.
Dutch 'En Jonge Hond' Chapter #4
(Front and back page)
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
galvanise everywhere from the palings 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
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 Uncle
Mitchell! 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 pin thing 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
water for me and a Roti. He told me that I was going
on a big adventure. He also told me that they were looking for my
Mum and Uncle Mitchell and Aunty Rasida
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, 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,
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".
Dutch 'En Jonge Hond' Chapter #5
(Front and back page )
We went to the savannah in front of the Hospital and
there was a helicopter already there. The blades
of the rotor were spinning 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.
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 hold Puppy
tight. 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
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 the
puppy 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 Aaliyah, 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 Rohan 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 Uncle Mitchell. 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 heard them talking " Not all of those displaced by the floods
have been absorbed into another communities. These refugees will
have to come and sleep here at the Big House until they can access
their houses and villages again ." How will this all end for
us I wondered.
CHAPTER 6 - Good and bad secrets
Another problem was Mr Rohan. 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 Tiffany, my only friend,
to stay away from me. I began to avoid him. Then one Monday
he just did not come to work any longer! I was glad he was
Dutch 'En Jonge Hond' Chapter #6
(Front and back page )
One day Tiffany told me she had a secret to tell me. We sat under
the house with Puppy and she told me........she
told me Mr Rohan 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 Aaliyah what he tried to do and the
police came and took him away. She said Mr Rohan
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.
Tiffany said she knew what to do about Mr Rohan '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 out.
Tiffany 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.
Tiffany 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 serve Christ. I did not know
what she meant but I did know I was pleased Mr Rohan was gone.
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.
Dutch 'En Jonge Hond' Chapter #7
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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 roof had been crushed in, 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 sent it.
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
I did not have any friends in the Home except for Tiffany.
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 Uncle Mitchell 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 I dreamed 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 he wasn't a fierce race
like a wild Bush Dog. He loved Bush Dogs and so, after
a while, that is what we called him, even the staff. "Bush"
became his name. Everyone would have a job in the Home. Bush'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 his neck and throw him in the sea. Sometimes I
was very sad and lonely I would hide and cry quietly hugging Puppy
my only comfort.
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
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 Guno!" So the lady who had helped Tiffany
'tell the truth' had come to visit. She was pretty and
she smelled nice. She had a guitar and played
songs with the children.
Dutch 'En Jonge Hond' Chapter #8
(Front and back page)
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 nice bed as the memory of the flood
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 whether to follow Jesus or go our own way. She said
the way to become a Christian was to Repent and Believe.
I thought this sounded interesting I have always wanted special
powers!!! Also I was very troubled about how much I hated Bush
and Mr Rohan 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.
Bush 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 Bush 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, the wind was howling and the thunder rumbling
and the littlest boys 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.
CHAPTER 9 - I'm a new creature
Next week Tiffany 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. 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.
Dutch 'En Jonge Hond' Chapter #9
(Page 1 and 2)
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. Tiffany 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 Flood'. 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
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 Bush was excited and seemed in better
mood than usual.
Dutch 'En Jonge Hond' Chapter #10
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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, Tiffany
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. She told us we had to take our fears
and tell them to God.
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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
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. Tiffany 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 Bush.
Then I remembered Mr Rohan 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
CHAPTER 12- I'm sorry
I just have to learn how to say 'I'm sorry'
it just doesn't seem to come naturally, Bush 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, Tiffany
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 Bush, because up until now
I was glad I had punched him on the nose. Then I learnt three things
to help me to successfully apologise
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 Bush.
I had read in Efeziërs 4:32 Wees vriendelijk en behulpzaam voor elkaar. Vergeef elkaar, net zoals God jullie in Christus heeft vergeven.
So I had no choice but to go and find Bush and tell him how sorry
I was for punching him in the nose. "I'm sorry Bush. I blew
it. I was wrong, please forgive me Bush." Guess what
Bush 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 Aaliyah 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 but I could
not remember Granny's real name or Aunty Rasida's or Uncle
Mitchell's Surname. I told them my Mum's name was Nomafa.
I told them my Dad name was Guarina, it means Protector .
That is why I am Guno. GU - NO.
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They told me that the Police said that they did not find my Mum
and them 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 Aaliyah 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 Uncle Mitchell. 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 Rasida and Uncle Mitchell, I cried and cried
and cried and then Miss Aaliyah suggested I take my Dad to meet
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.
Dad started planting vegetables and keeping fish, goats and
even rabbits to eat and distribute among the community.
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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
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 "Ik geef jullie vrede. Ik geef jullie míjn vrede. De vrede die Ik jullie geef, is een ander soort vrede dan de vrede van de wereld. Wees niet bang of verdrietig."
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 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 Bush and even that
nasty man that threatened to kill Puppy and did nasty things to
my friend Tiffany. I had no peace only fear and anger and loneliness
but those days are now way behind me. In another life it seems.
I have moved on, now I have my Daddy 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
spring. There was a new sense of hope. Dad said that I was
growing up, I was very pleased, I pushed out my chest out
and stuck my chin up and went on tip toe to put on a few inches.
I was now his big boy.
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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 as she gave birth to two 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 Fab 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.
Then it all came flooding back, the smell of cassava coconut cake
also known as 'Bojo' baking as Granny pottered around the kitchen
in our old house that the BIG Flood destroyed, and I can hear her
now, singing at the top of her old crackly voice a song the Missionaries
had taught her...
"Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the
Why should my heart feel lonely, and long for
heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portion, a constant friend
His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches
His eye is on the sparrow; and I know He watches
And I wept with joy, I knew my hurting heart was healed and for
the first time since that dreadful night I sang that ol' ol' song.
"I sing because I'm happy. I sing because I'm
His eye is on the sparrow; and I know He watches
His eye is on the sparrow; and I know He watches
Not just sparrows, He watches
over Dad and I
'And Puppy and her puppies'!