In December while we were in Uganda Cindy Anthis was tipped off that God was stirring our pot and causing remarkable waves to flood out into the lives of the precious children we now call family. She is not a blog follower, or friend of her computer and where it can take her, but she checked in to what wonderful things were occurring with us on that adventure. What God was doing in Uganda touched her heart in Texas, she met with Craig and told him, “we have to plan a mission trip so we can get health care to these children”. So they did. And so we are. (she started all of this because she was obedient to what God was directing her to do!)
Cindy is a family practitioner, and her husband is a surgeon. Both of them spent three years as medical missionaries in Nigeria with their four children. Her heart is for teaching and equipping others to be able to serve. She is so humble, smart and loving. She and I have been meeting regularly since February to discuss what we can accomplish with this mission. And through it we have become good friends. I am so thankful God sent her to this cause, and that we are able to serve side by side. We both understand that once Africa gets inside the soul, it never leaves; it just sinks in deep roots and grows. We are both in love with it in an eternal way, fueled with a God strengthened love. That’s a life bond.
Her son Austin has been in Craig’s Sunday night life group/bible study for two years, and that is how we originally got to know them. Her three oldest children, Austin, Alison and Abigail (Jordan, Kevin and Jack’s ages!) are all coming on the trip! These children have jobs to do at the orphanage and our youth leader, Andres, has been organizing their fun for many weeks.
Abigail is nine, and she has a heart like my Jack. Really! Now don’t you all go embarrassing them and arranging marriage details. They are already good friends since we have had several mission group parties at our house, and they are going to have a great time together in Uganda. One thing I really love about Abigail is that when she sees me she goes in for a big body hug and rests her head against me for a moment. I love that!!!
At the first mission trip meeting when I spoke to the children about our mission and our goals for the orphans in Uganda Abigail’s tender heart was touched by God. She wanted to do what she could to help them. So on her own she began making bracelets and selling them to her friends. One time she gave me 43 dollars in singles and coins. And then later she had another thirty. I looked at that amount and thought, that’s a goat! So I suggested to her that maybe she would like to buy a goat for the children so they can have more milk and meat. (I offered to toss in the vet and feeding costs of $120 a year) She loved that idea! So while we are in Uganda, she will present a goat to the children. I hope and pray that gift of service will have an impact on her for life. I know it blesses me to a point of feeling dizzy when I see the pure willingness to serve and give come from a child who is able to make a great difference in the lives of orphaned children. Oh, if only more of us could respond to God’s nudges with the innocence and willingness of a child, this world would suffer less.