Last year we discovered good friends were actually rogues using our friendship to devise plans that would shift piles of our money into their personal accounts. One man boasted loudly with pride recently that others should have done to me as he did because now he has a van and eight cows in the village. By being my friend and gaining my trust he aimed to relieve me of enough money by overstating the cost of things like rent and land payments to buy a van. And he boasts in public about this! Another person helped us with our land purchase with the prime goal of getting us to pay for all five acres but convincing us we only paid for three and he had paid for the other two. We discovered in time that there was no proof he paid for the two acres and all five was put in the name of Kirabo Seeds. We were happy to sign over those two acres if he could prove he paid for it but he could not. He is still trying to steal those two acres from us. They have leased our land to villagers to grow food as he declares the land belongs to him, though we hold the title for it. He had our land supervisor thrown in jail for the night for cutting down plants on land we own. He posted a sign recently saying ” this land is not for sale”, which we removed and delivered to the local police as evidence of trespassing.
All of this action is illegal trespassing in Uganda. We don’t want to go to court. We want to sell this land and get as far away from these rogues as we can so we can do our work for the orphans peacefully, safely and to bring honor and glory to God. I know there is a case already open against them for serious embezzlement. I suppose if they don’t give up and see they have lost I will have to take a legal route. I pray it does not come to that.
I feel like I am trying to walk away from a fight and I keep getting attacked from behind. How many times do I get pushed down by a bully before I unleash my full fury and power? These dealings feel like middle school girls who are fighting over a boy but amp the situation up to men with muscles and connections, then put the problem in a foreign place where corruption reigns and that’s what I have. I don’t want to be tempted to seek revenge because I know that resolution belongs to God alone and what he will do to them will be far worse than anything I could devise. Most importantly I want to spend my energy and intensity on doing good for the children in my care. I have to say though I am tired of being hit from behind when all I am trying to do is raise money to help orphaned kids have a good chance at fulfilling their potential in life, in knowing they are loved by us and by God, and in helping them heal from great emotional distress. It is because when they see me they see dollar signs and the urge is powerful to get it at all cost. I was reading Isaiah 32:6-7 and this is what God says about men like this:
“For the fool speaks folly, his mind is busy with evil; he practices ungodliness and spreads error concerning the LORD; the hungry he leaves empty and from the thirsty he withholds water. The rogue’s methods are wicked, he makes up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.”
I pray and beg God for a time that is written in verse 6: “No longer will the fool be called noble nor the rogue be highly respected.” (will you join me in that prayer?)
I will wait patiently. I will not fear anyone or anything but being outside of the will of God. I will keep my eyes firmly on the Lord’s plans for me as he uses me to help the orphaned children as he writes in verse 8:
“But the noble man makes noble plans and by noble deeds he stands.” I know we will stand.
I am requesting anyone who reads this to pray for us as we stand against fools and rogues who seek to damage and destroy while we try to do good for God. I believe in the power of prayer and I know for sure if everyone prays for righteousness to prevail in our situation that our struggles will soon be over. I pray God moves swiftly against them and protects the innocent children and our ability to care for them.
They believe in something else. One of these men went to visit his village witch doctor and he asked for our team at Kirabo Seeds to fall apart and for us to lose faith in one another. Primarily he knows the bond between Phiona, Robert and myself is a powerful foe for him. His one wish is to see that disintegrate. Well we three are strands brought together by God and braided into a strength that will not be broken. We beg you to pray that we are protected from the fool and rogue as we three keep our hearts, minds and souls connected to God who strengthens us and binds us together.
This work to help oprhaned children moves forward despite the hard push from the darkness. We have much to celebrate. If you have not seen the four minute video in yesterday’s post I invite you to see the beauty and joy in our children’s faces. We must all do what we can to protect them from those who “make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies” but instead that Kirabo Seeds can be “like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.” (isaiah 32:2)
We need you to share this story with everyone you can and to join us in prayer against those who seek to destroy what is good. Finally, please pray we find a buyer for this land quickly and we can get out of dodge and go where they cannot reach and live peacefully growing food and livestock to prosper our ministry for orphaned children.