Thanks everyone for your supportive and encouraging responses from yesterday’s surprise news. I was still asleep in bed when the phone rang and it was Phiona, “Tonya, he came back, they got him and we are in court now, we need you to be praying!”
I learned an hour or so later that he posted bond at the hearing, and his passport was taken by authorities along with everyone who helped him post bond. Thankfully his wife remained out of the country with family. I did not want her to be blamed for his business.
The official court date is set for January 31st where there will be a jury hearing. The next message I received from Phiona was my lawyer says I have to be there. My life here is not an easy one to drop and go to Africa.
Immediately I thought of Emily, my niece, and Kira’s first choice mommy from the beginning. I was her second choice, and when Emily left us for home, Kira looked at me and said, “you’re not the one!” Choking on my rejection I told her, “Well, that’s too bad little chili chocolate because I’m the one you are stuck with til death do us part.” She got over it. But she’s still got that seriously intense bond with Emily. So I’m prayerfully hopeful I can bring Auntie Em here to be me while I go around the world again.
I suppose today I will be booking a flight, rummaging for malaria pills, pulling out my Africa dresses, and filling my kindle with excellent books to read. I might even tote along a knitting project. (Kira is growing out of her sweaters I made.) The first question I’m asked is: “Are you scared?” Not at all. There are many reasons for this, the first one being I know God is in control of it all and his plans are to prosper me not to cause me harm. I will be protected at all times, and going to Uganda is like going home. I have many supporters and helpers. I have great peace. (I’m not looking forward to looking into those eyes again, just seeing his picture makes me twitch, but I will get through that with prayer and scripture.)
I am very concerned about the safety of Phiona at this time. She had a dream the other night that something happened to her, so I’m asking you to pray mostly that she is safe, wise and careful. In the court room all of the people on the accused side looked into her eyes with hatred. It isn’t fair that she is getting blamed for their choices. Phiona is a hero in my eyes.
She endured months of criticism, pressure, and unfair treatment while she was present with the children only so she could help them with their home work and teach them the bible. I know why they didn’t want her there, and the reasons for that are going to be revealed in the court case. She brought in the light of God’s truth and goodness and shined it around the place, and behold, there was a lot of dirt. It’s time for a good cleaning.
The end of this matter is near. We thank God that it has only taken three months to bring this case to court. Kirabo Seeds is so excited to anticipate our future. The best news of all, is that regardless of the results of the court case, nothing will prevent us from beginning a new orphanage in Uganda. The work God gave us to do from the beginning for the orphaned children will be accomplished, and God will be glorified in it. We are just doing what He said, no glory in that for us. We anticipate the end of one matter will open the beginning of Kirabo Seed’s work in Uganda for the children. And that is exciting.