Ruth and Naomi story
This story is the basic philosophy that helped Jeannette Mukarukundo to create Naomi Foundation. Helping widowed women throughout the World, expecting no rewards or anything in return. Just to see happiness and joy return to widows and their children.
In a place called Moab near Betlehem there lived a nice family. Elimelech, his wife Naomi and their two sons. They moved to Moab because there was more food than where they used to live. After a while Elimelech died but Naomi wasn’t alone she still had two sons.
Her sons got married but after about ten years they died too. At least Naomi still had her sons’ wives to keep her company, their names were Orpah and Ruth.
Naomi called her sons wives and told them, “I am going to go back to where I used to live and I would like you also to go back to your families where you used to live. May God show you the kindness as you have showed me.” Both Orpah and Ruth cried and hugged each other because they were such good friends.
Orpah didn’t want to leave Naomi but Naomi told her not to worry, she would be fine. So Orpah left to go back to her family. But no matter what Naomi said to Ruth, Ruth would not leave. “Don’t ask me to leave. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your friends will be my friends and your God will be my God.”
So Ruth and Naomi returned to Bethlehem together. It was a good thing Ruth went with Naomi because Bethlehem was very far away and Naomi couldn’t have traveled all that way by herself. Notice that Ruth never complains but is a good friend to Naomi. She wasn’t expecting anything in return, she just wanted to help.
When they got there Ruth decided that she should do some kind of work. It was harvest time, so she worked in the fields following behind the harvesters and picked up any barley that they had dropped.
The owner of the field came by to greet the harvesters and noticed Ruth in the field. He asked one of the harvesters who she was. “She came back from Moab with Naomi, that’s all I know.” Lucky for Ruth the owner of the field was Boaz, he was a kind man who believed in God. He had also been related to Elimelech (Naomi’s husband that died).