My internal clock tells me that it’s been long since I’ve been in the arms of the children at Kirabo Seeds in Uganda. There’s a phantom limb that aches when I am not with them. I am pleased to know they are fine without me. Phiona, Robert, Julie and Kiah are doing such a fine job running the home. They have eased into a comfortable family routine. Last year at this time I was in Uganda with the teams and we were experiencing disappointments and drama. I’ve been reviewing the notebooks I keep while traveling. It has been difficult to piece together the events of corruption and deception. In my prayers during that time I begged God for such a time as this where we are safely removed from deceivers and corruption. We enjoy a season now where we can focus only on the welfare of the children in our care. There are no greedy mosquitoes strumming in our ears.
Our goats got the job done! One baby kid was born a week ago, a billy, and the children were able to welcome him to the world. Musa and Desire are the two children who are most fascinated with animals. I am so thankful for the gift of the goats from the Valdes family. The children will prosper from such a gift not only in physical property but in their spirit where they can appreciate the wonders of God revealed in the animal kingdom. We plan to breed the goats as often as possible and raise a fine herd that can move to our land.
Samson the puppy has reached the time to lose his stud status. He’s quite a handful of a puppy and we are hoping the cut will calm him down. I received a confirmation of his operation complete with vivid photos of the procedure. Thanks for the graphics Robert!! The kids requested more training videos to be sent, along with a sturdy bone! He will grow into a fine companion and guard.
Our land in Uganda is dry these days. We have many brokers trying to sell it for us but as we have lookers, there are no buyers yet. We continue to cultivate it for food and we do our best to avoid our hostile neighbors. We invite you all to pray with us that we can sell it and officially separate from our past problems, buy a new piece of land and begin our piggery. World Aid Now fundraised all we need to begin, and we are holding that sum of money hostage until we are on safe ground. We have been advised that if we begin it now on the land we have the unfriendly neighbors will either harm or steal our pigs.
The school schedule for the children is long. They leave early in the morning and return at night for dinner. The older children even attend school on Saturdays. They are good at this routine of being students by now. There is the promise of a fun day at the end of their term if they do their best, and the simple motivation moves them a great distance.
We have a summer intern working for us at Kirabo Seeds! Phiona’s brother, Kenny, is on break from his university so he is working with our children to teach them the computer. This is a great opportunity for our children to get an early understanding of being efficient and productive using a computer. Most businesses in Uganda are still paper and pen. In the courts, every word is hand written for the records. In offices there are piles and piles of dirty worn files. When information is needed someone has to sort through piles on the desk tops or in shelves to find what they need. Sometimes I sit and observe that process and wonder what decade I have landed. It feels to me like going back to when I was a child visiting my dad at work.
Now our children are experiencing files that they can make on a computer. They are learning to type. They are seeing how much information they can organize and retrieve quickly. I would have loved to see their cute expressions as they discover the secrets of using a computer. Our hopes are to begin a business next year where these kids can learn how business is run using the modern technologies. I personally believe setting up a bridal salon for renting donated wedding gowns from America would be highly profitable. It would give a good service that is desired there, and we have the opportunity to teach the children how to operate a business. Hopefully it will help us earn the necessary funds to keep our children’s home functioning.
Kenny does more than teach them computer skills. He also gives them bible lessons and devotions. He is a valuable role model for the children to see a smart man who loves God and desires to know and understand the teachings of the bible. Our children need good role models like this so they can follow and make good choices with their lives.
As I have spent time weighing out the pieces of Kirabo Seed’s story it turned out remarkably heavy at times. While I look at the whole, I can see we persevered towards our calling to serve children who had lost their parents and give them the opportunity to fulfill their God given potential and realize their dreams. It is my dream come true and happily ever after to see the Kirabo Seeds children’s home move peacefully and lovingly towards their happily ever after. I can only hope we bring a smile to the face of Our Lord Jesus as we serve him this way.