The children have been at our Kirabo Seeds home in Uganda now for almost a week. They love it! I’m so so happy to finally have all of the preparations for their arrival finished and complete. On Saturday their jjajja’s came to visit our house to see where the children are living. They were very thankful and happy to see how well they are doing. The children became quiet and worried when they saw their grandmothers because they feared they had come to take them back and they didn’t want to go. They begged Phiona, please give us any punishment you want but don’t send us back. Aww..poor things. When their jjajja’s departed they all returned to their noisy happy selves.
Monday they began school, but Tuesday they all had to go to the hospital to have HIV testing done. We discovered two new cases. While this is sad, it is also very good news. If they had stayed in the bush with their jjajja’s they would have gotten very sick and died young from the disease. But now in our care we will be able to get them medicines and watch them closely so they can live a long healthy life, as long as we remain smarter than that virus. We can do it! I thank God for putting these special children in our care. We asked for them and He provided. God is able.
These photos are from their play time at the nearby chruch they visited on Sunday. Next Sunday they will visit Abdul’s church where his family worships. I am hopeful this will be their home church also. Kirabo Seeds needs to work with a local church who is willing to love our children and invest spiritually in their lives. I’m sure God will provide a special community like that for our children. This is the work of the church, to care for the orphan.
They already think they know “mama Tonya”. They have been studying our family picture and Auntie Phiona and Auntie Julie are telling them many things about us. They begged Abdul, “please help us prepare a very good welcome for Mama Tonya”. I hope they memorize a lovely bible verse and tell it to me. i can’t wait to meet them. Our whole family is squirming and writhing in anticipation.
Many years ago when we attended SBC in Scottsdale our bible teacher John Politan asked the class to memorize Psalm 146. Someone would recite it at the beginning of every class. That psalm has been on my mind so much this week as I praise God for the children he has given us. I just want to share it with you and while you read through it I hope you think of what God has done for these children. He has kept his promises.
Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—the Lord, who remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations Praise the Lord.