Everyday there is a God moment when I am able to sigh and think to myself, I am just so thankful to be able to connect helpful people to the children in Uganda who really have great needs to be met. I have this front row seat to quite an unbelievable show where children are given opportunity to be healthy, educated, loved, disciplined, taught about Jesus and given safe, secure and comfortable beds to sleep in every night. Not only do I get to enjoy them in their new lives, I get to meet and interact with the people who make it happen!
Sometimes those who help are taken by surprise! I bought my new horse Bear from a college student and believe me I know he was worth the full amount on the price tag. But in my heart I really felt I should ask for a little discount so it could go to help the children in Uganda. And she agreed! So I wrote her a note yesterday to share I bought 16 brand new excellent raincoats for the children. They walk to their new school and if it rains they get soaked. But now, they have hooded coats coming to them thanks to a thoughtful young equestrian. I’m so happy she is willing to write them a note and share a photo of her with them. There’s a little money left over and I plan to take the children who show improvement in their studies and behavior at school to get a pony ride around a beautiful resort in Kampala. (Bear was Melissa’s horse since she was a ten year old girl, and now something really beautiful has happened to children on the other side of the world because of this special relationship passing hands. Love it.)
The ladies who help me clean my house on Mondays have supported our efforts for a long time. They love to shop through the things I buy in Uganda. Eva’s daughter Joanna offered to take our things to sell at the military base where she lives and the next thing I know she’s raised almost a thousand dollars for us just by sharing our beautiful cause and goods with the women she knows. I told the children what she has done and they wrote her a beautiful letter I was able to give to her.
My favorite story of all is that my good friend Tatjiana sent a prayer request out to her friends when we were hoping to get custody of our sweet Marvin. Her friend’s daughter, Emma, saw the pictures and the stories on my blog and her heart melted. She asked her mom if she could have her birthday party to raise money for the children instead of receiving presents for herself! So that’s what she did. She created a poster about the children and her friends made donations. I sent all of the girls bracelets and photos of our family in Uganda. During the party they said a prayer and released balloons into the air for the children. With what they gave to that party they can feed ten children in Uganda for a month. And did she really miss getting presents? I don’t think so. I am quite sure when she goes to sleep at night she has a smile in her heart thinking about the children in Uganda going to bed with food in their tummies.
My friend Marisa has a fair trade business selling goods from all over the world and she has devoted herself to helping us with our sales. She takes our goods everywhere she goes to sell and promotes our cause. This is really an answer to a prayer that I have cried to God for many times. I need help selling these things. It’s the easiest way to raise the necessary funds to keep our family functioning financially in Uganda. With these crafts I bring home from my trips I am also able to help support the women who create the goods with their hands. I have a broken heart for the hard working people in Uganda. All of them. I have come to a softened heart place where I am also able to pray for the rogues, scoundrels and hooligans who have stolen, lied and committed fraud against us. I pray for righteousness to prevail where there was corruption. Mostly I pray for God to rule in hearts where selfish ambitions previously reigned.
I am so relieved and thankful for the help. There are many more who strive towards helping us improve the lives of these children. Abby Anthis has been making bracelets and selling them to her friends for years and when I see her she hands me a baggie with coins and cash labeled in black marker, “for the orphans”. I don’t mean to leave any of you out! God knows what you are doing and plan to do for these children. There’s a young college girl, Tori, who found my blog years ago in the beginning of Kirabo Seeds, and she has spread the word many times and helped us find sponsors! Some day she wants to live in Uganda and help orphaned children. There are many college students who have similar hopes and dreams of going to serve the children in Uganda and give them an outpouring of God’s love that flows through their hearts. I am thankful for each one of them and hope God directs their paths in this way. One of Donny’s friends at Baylor, Joanna, asked if she could sell some things before school ended so I sent her a box. Right out of the blue I get these requests and I know it is God working in hearts to help us help these children.
I know how the children in Uganda pray. They cry out to God in thanks for the provision and opportunity in their lives. They know these things happen because of faith in a God who promises to care for the orphan. It is such an honor for me to connect these dots. Last week I requested sandals for the children. They have prayed to God themselves for these provisions. I put it out there in the great unknown of the internet and within three days I have pledges for 16 pairs of shoes. I get to see the tender hearts touched and connect these love dots. (If there are more who wish to help with shoes it is time to replace their school shoes from last year as these kids are growing so fast. email@example.com )
I can thank you, but really the children in our home in Uganda are the ones who are overcome with gratitude. We keep a photo album of people who love and care about them and every day I am there I find someone turning the pages with wonders in their eyes and smiles on their faces. This is how God works to improve the lives of orphaned children. It really is so much like the feeling I got when I first saw a Broadway show. Recently, it feels like the harmony I feel when I can easily canter on my new horse without fear but with complete trust. (so thrilling and fun!) There’s a feeling of utter amazement when horse and rider come together and soar. It is like how a song can get inside the heart and before we realize what’s happening tears are rolling and sobs are bursting. (That happens to my husband every Sunday in church.) All of these great feelings are nothing in comparison to how God works through regular people to help the orphans in Uganda. That’s just so God.
If you love our kids in Uganda and would like them to know it, email me a photo and we’ll put you in the book! firstname.lastname@example.org