It’s a welcome break from my life to share some photos of the children we love and adore in Uganda at the orphanage in Kyengera. They’ve been busy with school and taking exams. Phiona is with them most nights and has been reading them stories from the bibles that were sent with our mission team from their sponsors. This new knowledge about Jesus is Blowing Their Minds. These children have faith the size of Texas, but their knowledge of God’s word is limited, but now, thanks for the bibles, they are learning every day straight from the source. Phiona leads a question and answer session with them, and reports they are so eager to understand it all in a deep way. She’s also been doing crafts with them. They love making the friendship bracelets and are hoping to make many for their sponsors to have one.
They had an impromptu chicken slaughter last week. Eight of the chickens were dying because the eggs they were laying were so big that their intestines were being laid as well! So the kids got to practice their slaughter skills and have an unexpected feast. Now there are enough eggs for the kids to eat some every day, which pleases me so much because this is good protein to help their bodies grow strong and their minds to become sharp. I haven’t heard report of whether they are able to sell the extra eggs yet to earn income.
The land purchasing project is not moving as quickly as we hoped. We tried to get twenty acres from a guy selling thirty, but he wouldn’t break up the property. I’m still not convinced with the needs Craig and I have set out as vital first steps for the children’s new home that we actually need twenty acres. Though, I’ve heard whispers that the children are hoping for a swimming pool! I’d be happy with some fresh clean water that they can pump right there on their own property rather than walking a mile up hill with full cans of water as they currently do. So, we continue to hope to find the best land at the best price to meet the needs of building them a new home where they can keep the cows, chickens, goats, and grow food to eat.
I think about these kids every day and they always bring a smile to my face. I am so eager to work hard and set up our house quickly so that I can get back to work for them! But for now, when Elitia and Phiona send me updates and photos I am reassured they are all doing well, and this gives me such pure joy. Each time I think of their sweet songs, cute faces, and energetic play I say a prayer for them, I hope these photos remind you to pray for them too! We really need to move them into their own home, not one shared by the community church on rented land. God’s timing and place will be PERFECT, I have great peace with this, though it doesn’t mean we don’t have to put in some effort to get it to happen. Oh, I can’t wait to visit their new home.