Car wash today to benefit the orphanage:
Mason Rd and Westheimer Pkwy. at the Kroger: 8-2
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~Gandhi
I feel this deep relief in my soul because I have the cause to work for. I recall years of wondering what it was that God had for me to be doing with my time and talents. I tried teaching in women’s ministry here and there in different churches during our travels, and I knew it never quite fit. It obviously wasn’t dog training. (I’ve only been successful with one out of five.) I burned out in the health industry. I realized children grow up and leave home even as I prolong it by adding to the nest. My heart reached for missions and it ached for the cause of the orphan. I always knew it but I had to wait to be in exactly the right place at the right time for God to whisper into my heart, “this is it, now go get busy”.
When we lived in Scottsdale and Jack turned five as Donny entered high school Craig and I felt it was time to try doing family missions. Our church then didn’t have the sort of program that Kingsland has for missions at all ages so we took matters into our own hands. We found an orphanage in the Dominican Republic and decided to go spend our spring break living on their compound with them. It was our first experience having our eyes opened to these third world conditions. What we learned is that our hearts bleed for the cause of the orphan. I still have their pictures on a digital frame and each time I see them I offer a prayer.
When I heard in church about the ministry in Uganda for pregnant women there was a panic inside me telling me I had to go there. It isn’t often when I feel an overwhelming urge with an undeniable edge of panic, so I told Craig, “I have to be on that mission trip.” Somehow he understood. And so I went to Uganda in 2009, and while we were there we took an afternoon off to play with some orphans at Watoto. That was the moment I felt God whisper to me, “come back for one of these.” I knew for sure the next step in my life was adoption. I’d been resisting it for many years while my husband spent those years praying my heart would open to adopt.
And so thirteen months after sitting there with an orphan on my lap in Uganda, we were back as a family to adopt Kira. The world was going to have one less orphan. I thought that was it, the calling, but it was only the beginning. On Christmas Eve we were invited to visit the orphanage in Kyengera Uganda for their Christmas celebration. When I saw their desperate needs and horrible living conditions I heard God loud and clear, “this is what I have for you to do. Now get busy and follow my lead.”
It’s been four months since I met these children. I am so humbled to see how God has used me to change their lives. I am so on fire to share their stories and wait for those whose hearts have been touched by the fingertip of God to participate in making their lives better. The children are eating better, they have two cows for milk, 200 chickens about to begin laying eggs, new mattresses to get off the hard dung floor at night, tables to eat at, and most significant: 47 children have sponsors to send them to school, to pray for them and love them. In these four months we have also been able to start a non-profit, Kirabo Seeds, and organize a mission team of eighteen people willing to go to great expense to visit these children and bring medical care, love, attention, help and education. Craig’s job also changed and with it came the ability to purchase new land and build a better orphanage for the kids in Uganda.
Only God can do that much in four months through a simple mama with no experience in this sort of thing. But he gave me passion, love and perseverance. I have a feeling we are only getting started. I tingle with excitement at the wonder of what is God going to do next for these beautiful children.
So, this morning our crew is joining Whitney, her family and friends for a car wash to benefit the orphanage. I hope if you are near Katy today between 8 and 2 you’ll come by the Kroger on Westheimer Parkway and Mason Road to have your car washed and encourage the group of kids who are spending their Saturday in the service of others.
It’s never too early to begin searching for yourself by serving others. Who knows what God is going to show each person involved in helping the children in the orphanage in Uganda. I can’t wait to see.