Jack has changed so much since January everyone is in shock! When they heard his voice they looked around for Kevin, then laughed and teased him about the drop. Not only has he grown several inches in height but his maturity has expanded in like. He is such good friends with the older boys here. At night they love playing hide and seek in the dark on our compound. There are card games, lego competitions, climbing escapades and endless games of chase “you’re it”.
Jack took his last test from homeschool the day before we left so now he is free. One of our best decisions was to unhook that boy from the system and give him the freedom to explore what is possible for him. The main life issue we had that influenced this decision is the fact that I have to come to Uganda several times a year. It is easier for me to bring Jack and Kira than to find someone to stay with them. Truthfully, I don’t want to be apart from them for these trips. A significant part of my parenting job with them is accomplished here in Uganda. Our ability to give this experience to Kira and Jack so regularly is going to alter who they are as adults and that will reach farther than I’ll ever know.
When Jack was nine and Uganda was new in our life, before he was ever here, he had the heart to help children who couldn’t get to school. He began baking pumpkin bread and selling it to send children to school. Now he still sponsors four children a year that are not a part of our home. This year he began sponsoring three children from the community of the jjajjas. The other boy is at a school in Kawempe. Israel has been with Jack for three years now. The new boys came to our party on Saturday and Jack was able to meet them for the first time.
These boys arrived with their school scores in hand to show Jack how well they performed with the opportunity he gave them. Phiona sat and looked over their work and was so impressed that no one was below 80%. The kids were a little shy with Jack but they soon began to warm up.
The children in the Kirabo Seeds family were able to see this unfold. Jack’s willingness to help inspires them to grow up and help others. They often remark that when they are older they want to sponsor other children who need an education and give back in the way they were given. I marvel to see how God will use a child like Jack to make the biggest impact on the children in our home to move their hearts towards compassion for others. I could suggest it every time I open my mouth when I am teaching them, but to see Jack do it gets their attention like I never could.
This is confirmation to me that Jack is a vital member of this ministry team! As mom and ministry leader I think, “wow, God knows so much more than I ever could about how this work will be accomplished. The things He does would never occur to me to try. All I can hope is that I am able to understand His will and plan.