When we returned from Uganda in January we immediately began seeking ideas on how to organize ourselves with the orphanage involvement. All arrows pointed towards opening shop as a non-profit organization. Craig has been busy in the background meeting with a lawyer who was recommended by a friend to establish ourselves as an official charity. This lawyer, like so many other generous people, was happy to give what he had to the cause by not charging us for his work. Thank You. Every dollar we don’t spend is freed up to help the children have a much better future.
This week, it became official and we can announce Kirabo Seeds is established as a non-profit organization. Kirabo, if you are new to our project, is the name of our adopted daughter from Uganda. Kirabo in the Lugandan language means: GIFT. We believe our efforts to help orphans and widows happen by spreading good seed on good fertile soil, and then there will be abundant growth. We simply want to help the orphans to reach their potential and grow up knowing the Love of God. I know from God’s Word that He is the Father to the fatherless, and He will use us to help children who lose their parents to not be lost or forgotten. And we are not alone. Everyone I meet has a tender heart for a child whose parents have died. Most people want to help but don’t know where to begin, or who has the need. We do. So, my job is to connect these children to people with big hearts. It’s really that simple. And I love this job.
The good news is we are now able to write receipts for a tax deduction. There is a paypal donation button on our blog, when someone donates that way the money goes into the business account, and checks can finally be written to Kirabo Seeds. One thing I say over and over but it is so important to remember: Every dollar donated goes directly to help the specific needs of the child. Craig and I are covering the administrative costs. We are also personally investing in buying land and building a new orphanage, and church. This will be one of Craig’s main responsibilities in June when we return to Uganda: find land and secure a plan and builder. We envision bringing a mission team to Uganda next year to help with the building needs. This is going to be FUN.
All credit goes to God. Really. Long ago while we were planning our adoption and waiting for what seemed like eternity to finally hold our baby girl we prayed over and over: “please God show us what we can do for you while we are in Uganda”. We knew we could do mission work while we were there for our adoption and we wanted to do it. All of our family and friends sent money to be used to help those who had great need in Uganda so we were able to spread the wealth where ever He directed us. He showed us our future when we visited the orphanage. It’s strange because when I first saw the needs at this orphanage I was overwhelmed and scared. I wanted to say, “surely God, this is too big a project for us, what else do you have that would help me feel more comfortable?” I know, not what God wanted to hear. So I didn’t say it out loud. I fell silent before Him, I trembled for days, and prayed for Him to help me open my mind and trust Him.
All I remember is I couldn’t know how to precede until my entire family was able to experience the orphanage. Within hours of Craig’s experience with it, his heart was all the way committed to meeting their needs. It was a big jump. We thought it was crazy to follow God’s lead and adopt a baby from Uganda in our forties. It was even crazier for our family to personally adopt the needs of a whole orphanage! It is not as if we had a secret bank account with thousands of dollars sitting there wishing for a purpose. (God does.) But this was God’s design for us. Once we realized He had appointed us we had no more doubt. So we trusted He would provide if we were obedient. And there was peace in our hearts from that first commitment.What I know for sure is when I follow my ideas, plans and fears I end up in a pit by myself. When I follow God’s plans He provides EVERYTHING I need to succeed. With our adoption he opened doors, changed hearts, and gave energy to us with every endeavor. And the blessings that flow from it, well, I wouldn’t trade that for the best view of the ocean to wake up to every morning. (though I admit that would be nice)
And our commitment to the orphanage, well, the way God has opened doors, and provided help has astounded us. Truly, we are star struck by His movement in this project. Nearly every day I want to fall on my knees because God is present in the simple work we are doing. Trusting God with this orphanage project has been nothing but exciting, fun, exhilarating, and AMAZING. I am so glad I didn’t hide from the responsibility when it first scared me. He has enabled us in every way possible and opened our lives to more of His glory in high definition than I could ever have imagined. Everyone who is willing, interested, and able is welcome to participate. Having Kirabo Seeds makes it easier for us to include everyone in helping these children in Uganda have a future outside of loneliness, crime, poverty, ignorance, prostitution and sorrow. Planting seeds is a help up, not a hand out. There’s fruit ready to grow in each one of these children’s hearts, and we are going to work to see that happen.
I thank you all for helping us spread Kirabo Seeds. Won’t the harvest be so marvelous to see?
Galatians 5: 22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.