This week on Tuesday, my friend Misty Newsome, from Katy, left her three children behind for two days and drove three hours to come HELP me. I need help. I’m one girl here trying to do everything for Kirabo Seeds, and balance my family too. She offered her strengths in business, accounting, and marketing to us, and we accepted with honest relief and gratitude. Misty began following our blog while we were in the midst of our adoption for Kira back in 2010. She knew my son, but I had never met her. When we returned with our baby girl Misty gave me a big hug in the nursery hallway of our church and introduced herself. I loved her right away. God did one of his miracles in her heart and gave her the same passion and drive for the cause of orphaned children in Uganda as I carry in my heart. With a nine month old baby girl in her arms she and her husband obeyed the call from God to begin an adoption process in Uganda. They are still waiting for their referral, sometimes patiently, sometimes tearfully, always faithful to the sovereignty of God.
Meanwhile, she knows as much about Kirabo Seeds as I do. Last summer she joined me on the mission trip and experienced some of the hardships of doing work in Uganda. It has been helpful for me to have her to lean on at times because this work can be beyond hard. She and her children know each of the children in our home by name, and when they go for their adoption they plan to rent our apartment there so they can be close to the family at Kirabo Seeds and serve there. We set up our apartment specifically to be comfortable to families who are going to Uganda for adoption. Not only is it a brand new apartment but also, it is two blocks from our children’s home where the love is sky high and the feel of family is as good as a hug from home. Most important to me, our team at Kirabo Seeds: Julie, Kiah, Phiona, and Robert are high integrity, honest, hardworking, God honoring people who understand the hardships of adoption. Phiona and Julie were there with me during mine and they assisted many families in that guest house through adoption. So their expertise is in care, compassion and assistance. It is in their hearts to help. And for the adopting family they are high integrity Ugandans who will help explain the wonders of their culture. They offer a priceless education. I know they helped me tremendously–they still do, because understanding the culture is the first step in doing good work there.
Truthfully last night, a relative of one of our sponsors for Kirabo Seeds, contacted me as she’s there now in process with her adoption. She asked to visit our home, and I offered her our apartment there. She moved in with her two new little girls the next day! I sat on my sofa at home, closed my eyes, and imagined the comfort and peace she was feeling being in my pretty two bedroom apartment. It’s a feel of home there for me, and I know others will sense it. I know this morning Phiona and Robert and the children will go greet them and escort them over to our home to meet the family. The children will have fun making new friends, and Judy will enjoy getting to know our team.
Misty is going to help us market this apartment so other adopting families can enjoy the same home away from home feeling on a continent far away. Misty came to our house primarily to help me set up our online store. We worked hard for two days photographing, uploading, describing and designing the store. If you click on the button: VISIT OUR STORE you can shop there. We photographed and uploaded 56 items. When I am in Uganda I scour the local craft markets for items that are excellent in quality and beautiful for our culture on this side of the world. I haul them home in our extra large duffle bags and organize it all in my garage. I have some beautiful things for sale. And the best part is that 100% of the sales go directly to helping our children and staff maintain our children’s home in Uganda. I hope you will go VISIT OUR STORE, and when you have a gift to give someone you’ll think of us and shop with us to support our children.These things are not pity gifts that one would buy to help and never use. These things are really beautiful. I wear the necklaces and bracelets all the time and sell them right off my outfit.
If you are adopting in Kampala you are welcome to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can arrange for you to use our apartment. My husband, Craig, became emotional last night as I described Judy’s arrival at our place. Knowing we can help and give the very best of service that is available in Kampala to adopting families answers a need deep inside us to go alongside others who are adopting children. It’s a good feeling to share. We began our children’s home with the deep need to keep our adopted daughter connected to her culture. Other adopting families can also feel our home there is a way to remain connected if they get involved during their adoption process. I tingle with goosebumps because I feel God’s hands molding this ministry. I love to be His clay. Craig said with confidence, if we need a second apartment, we’ll set it up! Helping others feels that good.