I’m taking a break from my life and all the gusting drama blowing around us because happy times are occurring in Uganda at the orphanage with the children there. Shifting focus on them is a welcome diversion.
They are in school at this time of the year. Phiona goes out to visit them three evenings a week and all day Saturday. It’s a good thing she is there because the children don’t have the skills and self discipline to know how to be good students. Have I mentioned that after they walk home from school they go immediately into the church to pray and thank God for being able to eat and go to school? I love that. I can remember a few ornery boys coming through the back door wishing that school would slip off into the ocean, or blow away with a hurricane. After prayers at the orphanage they do their chores, eat dinner, and then get busy with their revisions for school.
Phiona arrives to help them with their English practice. The teachers report that the children aren’t doing so well with spelling so Phiona went online and got some ideas to help her help the children improve. I suggested ten words a week spelling tests which she’s going to do with them.
She also reads the children’s bible to them as a group and they discuss what they have learned, and then she asks questions and they ask questions. They pray and ask God to increase their bible knowledge to know Him better.
Pause. This is my favorite result from our visit at the orphanage with the mission team. They love their bibles and are so eager to learn from them. What I learned after this whole trip to Uganda is that these children have a faith as solid as granite, but their bible knowledge is limited. So now they have it in their hands to read, and Phiona and Adams and Elitia will come and share what God’s word has to say. Their knowledge is going to expound and hopefully rise up to match their faith.
Phiona is also able to have personal one on one time with the children in a way that lets the children know someone is there for them to trust, and that she cares to sit and listen to their thoughts and feelings… as a mother would. They are responding well to this and opening up to her. I am sure after what these children have lived through, there’s a lot of need to share, to understand, to overcome, and to receive emotional encouragement on individual levels. The mama and psychology student in me is so relieved they are learning to open up their hearts and share their pain. (here I go crying again)
On a spunkier note, the chickens have begun laying their eggs and now the kids are going to get fat! Yeah! It was originally Jordan’s idea in January to buy chicks, and so here we are with the fruit of that gift feeding the children. As I understand it, these chickens will lay for a while (not sure how long) and while they are laying, we purchase more baby chicks. When the new batch is ready to lay, the ones we have now will no longer feel like producing eggs, so, well, they will then provide meat to the children. That’s how the cycle will work to keep eggs and meat on the plates. The extra eggs will be sold and the money will be saved to purchase the new chicks and pay for their care while they grow up to become good layers.
One way I know they enjoy eating their new eggs is in a dish called “rolex”. It’s not an expensive wrist watch. It’s a chipate bread with eggs and tomato rolled up into something that resembles a breakfast burrito. The photos are of the children learning to make Chipate. It’s a real treat for them to eat this special fried flat bread with their eggs.
Each time I get an email from Adams and Elitia or Phiona with reports about how the children are doing it brightens the spot where I stand in my otherwise hectic day. Knowing the children there are learning, eating well, and getting fed the all important word of God feels better than anything I’ve known or seen on earth. Thank you all out there for sharing in the work and sacrifice to makes these changes happen. (and I still welcome more help!) We can all celebrate together that there are a few less forgotten children in this world.