Sep. 10: A Mother’s Inspiration

Mohamed Sanu, a rising college football star at Rutgers University in New Jersey, credits his mother, Aminata Koroma, for providing an example of strong moral character.  Koroma left war-torn Sierra Leone in 1975 to pursue a better life in the United States.  She became a successful businesswoman, and gave birth to Sanu in 1989.  Years later, Aminata felt called to return to Sierra Leone to help her people there.  Sanu remained behind in the U.S., cared for by his older sister.

As reported in the New York Post, Koroma now runs an orphanage for 40 boys, ages 12 to 18, whose parents were killed in the country’s civil wars.  Her influence has rubbed off on Mohamed, who explained, “Even though I can’t fill her shoes or do the things she does, I try to help other people.”

Sanu’s coaches confirm his strong moral character, noting that he volunteers for the Special Olympics and often speaks to young people about avoiding drugs and staying in school.  Grateful for the opportunities his mother’s sacrifices provided, Mohamed hopes to go to Sierra Leone some day and help in any way he can.

For I have set you an example, that you also should do

as I have done for you.  (John 13:15)

Guide us, Holy Spirit, so we might inspire young people. 

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