I’ve slept in for the past two mornings and I’m feeling almost human again. I’m sitting outside as I write and listening to a symphony of bird song. There was a mischievous monkey staring at me wondering if she could rob me of any food I may have. I chased her away, cute as she was, she had a predator’s look in her eye and I don’t want to share my coffee.
We fly home to America tonight. It’s been a long month, we’ve had many successes, our share of disappointments, and some serious struggles. The thing I’ll never forget though is the peace and love we experience in the home where our children live at Kirabo Seeds. God has created a family for these children and I can’t believe I got to participate in what feels like a miracle to me when I see them love one another.
For our last day here in Uganda we gave the children a special treat! They have never been swimming before in their life, nor have they ever eaten pizza! So we took them all to a nice resort here in Kampala to swim the day away, and dine under a thatched roof canopy with pizza and sodas.
When they saw the water, and got permission to get in, they went crazy! There was no fear, and they all wanted to learn the basics of swimming. I can’t think of a time when I’ve experienced children play with such joy. And the water is cold! But they shivered some, and went right back towards the action.
Donny proved his camp name “superman” by having all the children jumping on him at once and he endured with big smiles and hours of energy.
Saying good-bye broke our hearts as they prepared to go home. We prayed together and a few faces were hidden in their hands or under a bent arm. They’ll soon see, I always return. And we will skype together too! But the broken hearts of knowing our month together had come to and end was a big hurt.
I’m going to use the plane hours thinking about all we accomplished, and what our goals are set on for the near future. I know we should expect to have persecutions as we serve, and the heart aches come, but despite all of that God has given us these fourteen children to care for and love. It really is Amazing Grace.