Joseph lost his mother when he was 6 years old. He and his siblings (there are many) worked on the family farm since they were young. His father was quite old when he was born. He said he was told by his father they were too small to be working the big hoe and not a help to him. It still affects him to this day. His family were practicing Muslims and Joseph became a Christian since coming to the home. He said he prays for his family to become Christians.