Kira is snoring in the bed we are sharing. The activity and travel must have caught up with her to awaken the beast that roars within her. I’m entertained when Ugandans see her every three months. She grows so fast and improves not only her speech but also her behavior with each visit. She’s such a little lady, always known as, “princess”. She walked right into the play with the children on our first day and didn’t once try to cling to me. She got a little perturbed about sharing her grandma and acted a little naughty but nothing a stern look couldn’t adjust. When I returned from the grocery store she put her hands out as if to question me and said, “I lost you!” It is fun for her now that the children are fluent in English. This is her family too. She tells her friends at school that she has two families. They thought she was making up stories until I confirmed it at her Christmas luncheon.
Our children at Kirabo Seeds are in such a good routine these days that we don’t have any more behavior problems. I asked Robert if there were any big snags and he couldn’t think of one. I asked him, “Why do you think that is?” He answered, “it could only be God that seventeen children can get along as well as this every day. I agree. Since they’ve been on holiday from school he takes the bigger boys with him everywhere he goes. He invests so much into these boys. It is ideal for our boys to have so much time with him so they can learn how to be good godly men and fathers. If we can only provide this culture with 14 excellent father’s who love God, love their wives as themselves, and provide a gentle love to their children I’ll feel it was all well done. Robert’s commitment to these children has nothing to do with it being his job, this is his ministry. We can only thank God for this blessing.
All day it was play for the kids. Sprawled on every surface of the porch and house were children with legos, puzzles, card games, drawing, and bracelet weaving. Jjajja LaTorre enjoyed a round of “duck duck goose” with the little ones. She tirelessly played all day with the children and all I’ll remember is her bright wide smile. She kept saying to me, “I can’t believe I am here.” Donny too is happy to have returned. He feels in his soul this great sigh of relief to have returned to a place so tender to his heart. This is his fourth trip to Uganda. He admits that the first few trips he felt captured and led by “his parent’s cause”. But over the past year God has turned his head to Kirabo Seeds in Uganda and he has become so missional in his thinking he begged to come on this trip. I think he might even come spend some time here if he can find it available. Auntie Julie cornered him and suggested it would be good for him to come here for a while. She even admitted it would be good for them. I could only hope he has that opportunity. He certainly loves my apartment.
Devotions at five o’clock is the highlight of the day here at Kirabo Seeds in Uganda. The children pull chairs and benches from inside the house out into the yard where the sun is beginning to lower in the sky. Toting bibles and journals and homemade instruments the Isenberger family taught them to make from plastic bottles and rice, they prepared for praise and worship. Christine led this session by beginning each new song. When one song finished she tilted her face up and began with a new one. Ronald is good with the drum, Desire hooted on the harmonica and many were zealous with their shakers. They dance and jump and throw their hands high in the air. When the songs shift from praise to worship their faces turn up to God and the feeling of prayer mingles between the words. Christopher and I circled their worship with our cameras, his taking video and mine making still photographs.
Their devotion was about the promise God has given us to care for us always. Everyone took turns sharing how God has shown his care. It always gives me a little choke in the throat when someone says they are happy to have food to eat and never go hungry. They always mention that they are thankful for sponsors who pay for school fees. It is so rare to hear anyone mention a material blessing. They talk about having beds to sleep in that they don’t have to share. They are even thankful for one another.
I shared that my heart was full of joy because Robert told me something they all did while they were home a few days with their jjajjas. Peter walked a long long way to check on Denis and make sure he was feeling comfortable with his jjajja. Denis has a history of strife with her and it was a last minute decision for him to decide to stay with her. Peter took it upon himself without adult prompting to go make sure he was fine. And he was! He had such a good visit with her that he proclaimed she has now become a different woman, which he attributes to his own prayers being answered. Daniel also borrowed a bicycle and traveled a long way to visit some of the little ones. I was overcome with such a powerful emotion to know they have developed a deep love for one another as to show this kind of care when they are apart. It is these little blessings that give me such encouragement. It’s not how much money we can raise that makes me feel like I’ve done my job, it’s how much love is spilled in our home that helps me know we are on track with God. I told the children I believe God is smiling down on them for the ways they reach out to their communities and to one another with great love he has shown them.
I feel this so deeply I might just have a good cry. It is the over flow and abundance of love God has shown me that opened our minds to adopting Kira. And when we saw the great need, He helped us believe we could share that love with even more children if we would just trust him and do the most outrageous thing we could think possible… open an orphanage in Uganda while living in Texas. He provided the ministry minded staff. He selected the children. He provides daily for their needs from the help of sponsors and supporters. This work belongs to him and I am so eager to see where the love will continue to flow. I hope it is touching you right now.