When I spring out of bed in the morning at 5a.m. I sit with my coffee and begin texting with Phiona and Robert. It is the middle of their day as I get an early start on mine. I always love to touch base with them and get a feel for what’s challenging and making them happy. Christine is scared to death of the puppy, someone stole pocket change from a boy in school and had to spend a whole Saturday sitting in his bed apart from the play, and the goats are growing big. Sadly, Grace the cat went missing. Desire and Musa were distraught. We’ll need to find a new kitty right away.
Just now Phiona told me the little ones are napping, there’s children’s music playing in the home, and smell of cake in the oven permeates the house. I’m sure it’s a gorgeous sunny day with a breeze flowing from the front porch to the back stoop. The sound of tropical birds is in the courtyard. My favorite sense of being in Uganda is that there’s no hurry to do much more than enjoy the moment I occupy. I am far more successful at occupying the “now” when I am in Uganda than when I am in America. Being with the horses is when I can be in the moment without hurry or agenda. It’s the way I really need to be.
I have the big itch to be in Uganda again. I ought to get planning. I am hoping to go out to the jjajjas in the village and teach again. It was the highlight of my year when I did that on my last trip. Jack wants to prepare crafts to teach to the children with bible lessons. I need to restock our Kirabo Seeds store! There are some things that sell so quickly and really help us raise our funds. Phiona is constantly contacting crafters who provide for us. There should be a big stash waiting for me.
We want to get started on our piggery! I’m going to assess this situation and hopefully get this project going. If we can raise little pigs and sell them, we can earn money in Uganda to help fund our project. It is one of the most lucrative farming businesses to have in Uganda. It will be good to generate our funds from there rather than always doing it here in America. Thankfuly World Aid Now has raised the startup costs for us!
I’m sending the funds to buy more dressers for the children’s clothing. Keeping their things organized is a challenge. Of course I have many new books to bring to the children. Every time I shop I pickup books for them. I can see Musa would enjoy some new puzzles. The sandals are all here and ready. I’m getting names embroidered on their new backpacks! Raincoats are labeled. I bought puppy supplies, which is a personal gift from me. I figure a few sturdy bones will protect the new sandals.
I am going to keep my own apartment that is a five minute walk from where the children live. It doesn’t cost much, and it will make it so much easier for me to have my children with me on these trips. I can also have much more time with the kids in the home. Mostly I am excited to spend nearly no time at all in traffic! When I am not in Uganda we can rent the apartment to traveling missionaries and families who are there for adoption purposes. It might just pay for itself. But…no hot water. YIKES.
The 15th of May is our one year anniversary with these children in our home. We are going to have to celebrate! As Kirabo Seeds begins to grow and get established we can begin to plan on how to make an impact for God’s kingdom out into the villages where there are many children and widows who need teaching, jobs and encouragement. Unfortunately we do not have the people power in Uganda to take more children or open another home. There just aren’t enough people we can trust. But we can take extra resources we may raise and invest in the community. We will do it in a way that empowers the people. Why? We want to bring honor and glory to God.
Phiona and I always share in our texts how thankful we are to be useful to God in this ministry with children and widows. It is so humbling to feel God working through us to reach these children and help them not only heal but become all they were meant to be. It is a relief to know my life’s purpose is not myself but to see these children flourish into God’s design for them. It gives me great joy. The opportunity for anyone and everyone to participate in this ministry remains an invitation. As they greet one another in Uganda, “you are most welcome,” as are you to become a member of the team.