Yes! We have orphaned children in our home. This is a fact. Would you believe I have never once heard one of our kids mention they miss their parents. They don’t talk about losing them. They aren’t stuck on that part of their lives. They don’t think it is unusual to be an orphan. Not one has ever said, “I miss my mom and dad.” I haven’t figured out why this is so. As a culture I don’t exactly find anyone who labors over their past problems like we do in America. Most people are fully engaged in the now and not too worried about tomorrow. The past, well, it never seems to come up, unless you sit with me for too long. I love to ask anyone I meet about what it was like whey they grew up, what their family is like, and to collect all the details of their childhood experiences that I can extract. I don’t mean to be nosy, I don’t judge, I only want to understand the culture better. Most people are used to me by now, and if they don’t like it I figure they are welcome to avoid me all together.
When I compare the skinny, gaunt eyed little children we found with their jjajjas to the vibrant, intelligent confident children they are now I can hardly believe they are one in the same. It is fun to periodically ask them what they want to do when they are adults. Some want to be auto mechanics, others teachers, and many doctors. Can you see that our cars are in the shop a lot, they spend a lot of time in school, and they visit the doctor often? No one wanted to be a dentist, or a dog trainer.
These children are all seeds for our future generations. We are investing deeply to get them well grounded in God’s ways so they can take it where they work, to their spouses, to their children, and children’s children. We need to get ourselves prepared because just like our American kids, they will all of a sudden be ready to launch from Kirabo Seeds. Craig and I often discuss what will we do as kids age out of our home. This is their home, but someone will take their beds so we better make sure they know how to be independent and self-sufficient. We need to begin teaching them how to manage money, the basics of doing a good business, and how to work hard. Mostly I am concerned that they believe in the virtue of practicing honesty.
Ideally I hope when our first doctor looks for a job we are able to add a medical clinic to our program! I hope when the first teachers are ready to put a chalk to the blackboard we have set up a school. However, the one who wants to be a pilot needs to know we don’t plan to buy an airplane. And we are not opening a zoo. (Sorry Desire)
The children who have grown up in our program are the future leaders for Uganda. We hope they will help us grow and expand our ministry. Trust is a great obstacle to our growth now. But with our own children we will know who they are like none other. And I can only hope they will want to help others like they themselves were helped. We shall see. I have no expectations. They are free! I just hope they want to participate.
Way back before I was Mama Tonya I fell in love with the culture and people of Uganda. I admit I got an education on the darker side of it and while the ugly parts are real, they’re not set in stone. It doesn’t cause me to lose hope for the future generations. I believe God wants us to stomp out the dark and fill it with light. So I answered God’s tug on my heart with, “sure I’ll do something, just show me the way.”
This purpose I carry with me while I live, eat, sleep, breathe and love what I can touch now is my great relief. There is something bigger than me, more important than “mine” and beyond my comprehension. I have to trust God with big problems and issues because I don’t have a boss or answer. It is simply, yes, no or wait. But I know I follow an all knowing God who has a great plan for Kirabo Seeds as we reach the orphaned children in Uganda and I’m just so thankful to have this work to do.
Another privilege I have is to welcome others who are called to this cause to join us in the ways that God shows them. In the past few months we have been so blessed with committed helpers to further the cause. I am excited to see what will happen next. It’s going to be an exciting year and I look forward to introducing the new projects as they unfold. Meanwhile we welcome supporters to join us in various ways so if you are interested in joining the cause let me know! It can be as simple as sharing children’s bibles with us. Two weeks ago I asked for children’s bibles and my dining room table it piling high! It’s so exciting to receive boxes at my front door heavy with bibles. We’ll take new or used so let us know if you want to do a collection. Some child in Uganda who never hoped to have its own book can own the most important one of all time. Did you know the bible has always been the bestseller? Yeah, the New York Times just doesn’t bother to mention it any more.
And an unbelievable thing just happened: I joined Instagram. Haha. Follow us! I’ll share pics of the kids in Uganda with daily photos I receive from the team. username: KiraboSeeds