This past Saturday we were teased at the baby shower for being old and wrinkly yet still on the cusp of welcoming days at chuck e. cheese, barney video marathons, an extension of that retiring age, sleepless nights, as well as endless noise and smell into our life. Ha. It is funny, no way around it. It’s better to laugh than whine about the absence of peace, solitude and stillness in our home that lurks around the corner. We know- because we’ve done it four times- that for the love of a child it’s worth losing those small luxuries. We won’t even notice unless someone hazards to mention it for us. They will be the first person on the list when we need a babysitter! Be forewarned.
While we were at the shower, a special guest arrived at our house from Uganda. Pastor Robert Nebulare is the pastor at the church we visited while I was in Kampala Uganda in October 2010. We worshipped in their church the only Sunday we were not traveling. Oh my was it wonderful. He leads Miracle Center of Kawempe in Kampala. He has been in America visiting supporting churches for two weeks and we had the great honor of hosting him for two nights before he spends the next week traveling the US, and then on to his wife and three kids in Uganda. When we go to Kampala for our adoption, we plan to worship there at his church and do our best to get to know the people there in a hands on way.
His presence in our home was a gracious gift to us from God. My husband and boys have not been to Uganda as I have. so to meet him gave them opportunity to ask questions, understand some cultural differences but mostly to see that love work of Jesus is universal. It is not concerned with location, color, size or age. What an incredible experience to share the bond we have and connect two continents with one love. Really, that is a miracle for me to experience.
I met Pastor Robert and his wife Rose the day after we were at their church in the mall in Kampala. We just “bumped” into each other there. (there are no coincidences) Rose told me there that she had just spent an hour on the computer that morning reading my blog! I was so surprised and humbled, and very pleased. Well, over the last year, she’s become my dear friend and she still reads my blog. I feel a love for this family that only God himself can create in my heart. I am so thankful. They have three children, Ramona is 11 and I hear from her father that she has a great tender heart toward children, she is strong minded, and has the soul of an artist. She designs clothing in drawings that astonishes people. From one artists heart to another, I wish to put a wing around that talent and make sure it grows. They have two sons, Robert is nine and he is absolutely certain first he will be a famous professional soccer player, and then become a pastor like his father. Smile. He’s the peacemaker among the two strong minded children in front of him and behind him. Reward is his youngest and he is seven. He’s going to be a pastor and often tells his father what he sees happening in their church will not happen in his church! Indeed. Children are just wonderful, and as Robert told us at the table in our kitchen, we just have to find out who they each are and help them go in that direction. That’s good theology.
I cannot possibly share all we experienced in one post because what I learned is too important. I love Uganda. My life has already been connected with it twice in one year, and when we go to get Kira it will be forever connected. I care very much about what the christian church is striving towards for their people. God’s way is the best way but there’s so much opposition. So I am going to spend the next several days sharing with you what we learned from Pastor Robert about Uganda, his ministry and his story. You will be as touched as I have been if I don’t leave out one detail.