It’s a warm rainy day in San Antonio. The gray helps me settle longer into my desk chair. Normally, this is the time of year when we run and play outside as often and as much as possible. Our “winter” occurs with intense heat during the months when the days are long and kids are home.
Ugandans enjoy the best weather. I can’t remember being too cold or too hot ever while working there. They enjoy a steady year of warm weather, some days a little wetter than others, and some quite dry and dusty, but no real extremes.
Considering so many people live off the land and close to the elements of nature this is a gift from God. Who really needs a dining table when a palm leaf mat can be hand woven and used as ground cover to enjoy a picnic every day under an ancient tree?
The children at Kirabo Seeds are out of school for their “summer” vacation which begins early December and goes to the end of January. It is a happy home with all the children engaged in chores, helping, playing and learning. Rabbits are multiplying, the dog is barking, little ones scream in delight or dismay and there’s always laundry on the line.
For all of you who are sponsors I would invite you to write letters to the children using email, or scan a hand written letter or work of art to my email and I’ll get these correspondences to the children immediately. They are eager to practice their computer skills and answer letters to their sponsors. Please! Give them this bit of fun.
For most of this year we have had monthly outreaches where we invite the neighborhood children to come the first Suaturday of the month for a fun day in our home. We serve them a good meal with fish! They praise the way Auntie Julie uses seasonings. Then we have bible devotions, a movie, stories and singing. The day ends with a dance contest. We ask the children each month how the bible lessons we teach them have changed the decisions they make in their lives. It’s encouraging to hear them report that they are learning not to lie, or steal or disrespect elders. They are feeling more thankful! They desire to know more and more about the bible.
I am so thankful we are able to provide these special events to the neighborhood children. We decided during holiday breaks to begin Wednesday Library Day at Kirabo Seeds Children’s home. We invite the neighborhood kids to come for stories. Our children break them off in groups and read them books and help them practice their reading. We feel it is important to share our resources with other children. Afterwards the older children at KS use the computer to type a report to me. This is what Angela wrote after the first Library Day:
Dear Mama Tonya,
I read a book called “The Fisherman and His Wife”. It is about moderation. It talks about appreciating the little you have. The kids enjoyed it and this is what they learned:
- Never take things for granted.
- We should always thank God for everything he has provided us with.
- Less things can be better than much things.
- Sometimes simple things can make us happier than all the castles and crowns of this world.
Later we discussed who we thought was wrong in this book and most of them said the wife. These are the reasons why:
- She was not patient
- She was not thinking about how the husband felt but she only thought about herself
- She did not think before she talked but I told them that is was the fisherman’s fault because whenever the wife wanted more he would go and beg for it from the princely fish.
We hope you have a blessed day,
I think it is just amazing that two and a half years ago when Angela came to our home she couldn’t speak English. Now she can speak, read and write! And she’s organized. This is possible because God provided for her needs. Her sponsors have faithfully helped Angela grow in spiritual as well as intellectual wisdom. I’m excited to see what God does with this young lady.
If anyone would like to help us do more with these outreaches I’d like to put the bible into the hands of the children who visit. Children’s bibles with pictures would be a wonderful thing to share with the community children.
Please contact me if you would like to help and I’ll share the shipping address. It could be as simple as having an online book supplier ship to us! What a difference you would make in the life of a child.