In the hill country of Texas we are in full swing of Spring weather. Our bluebonnets are wildly splashed along roadsides in their enthusiastic and free manner to make any patch of grass their home. Windows are tossed up, fresh air fills the house, animals are shedding, and people everywhere are outside doing chores or enjoying hobbies.
Spring cleaning is rather an old fashioned notion yet I still find myself a participant. I desire to have every part of my life feel fresh! I especially enjoy the internal sweep of assessing my personal disciplines, while discarding what’s not working for me, and taking on a fresh start towards what’s better. I even make amends in relationships that have grown awkward. No part of my life is out of bounds for a clean sweep.
This Spring I have a special dose of sprucing energy for our ministry, Kirabo Seeds. We are in a sweet and happy season. We’ve moved clear away from our legal snares that lasted for years. It’s all put to rest and we’re thankful to move forward without heavy anchors. There are so many new positive developments for us that it will take weeks for me to unfold all of them!
To begin, I am committing to posting a blog every Thursday morning. The old desire to write and share has been rejuvenated and I’m back in the driving seat, fearless of judgment and eager to explore the depths of truth, God’s will, and what’s possible for this ministry that God has given us to benefit children who are orphaned and otherwise alone in Uganda. I enjoy making sense of it all and grappling with the good and evil in this world as I seek God’s path for my life and this ministry. It’s my own personal rubiks cube that I just can’t put down. I can only hope as I manipulate the twists and turns that somehow what God’s showing me will be relevant for anyone else interested enough to read along.
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As I personally experience His hand on this work I stand in absolute AWE. He really does move mountains to help these children. I’ll share a story as an example:
Some companies match employee giving to nonprofits or charities. So when someone applied for a match the person in charge of the program made a call to inquire about our organization. They wanted to know if prayer was a requirement in our children’s home. YES. They also asked would we decline to hire someone who was not of our faith and again we replied yes. In Uganda we are raising the children Christian in our home so the staff and leaders need to be Christians. We would not however reject a child to our program who was not of our faith.
With our Christian standing we were ineligible for the matching grant. So we were surprised when the check arrived anyway. Craig called him on the phone and said, “I’m sorry I need to send this check back because we agreed we didn’t fit your protocol for the gift.” The person in charge said, “well, that was our mistake so you get to keep the money!”
Go ahead…anyone…try to convince me that wasn’t one small fun way God continues to provide for our children.
Here’s another story of How God provides to these children:
Craig’s buddy from high school helped out the kids recently… uh, let me just say they are planning their 30th reunion this summer so it’s been a while… Well, Paul and Becky Simpson live in NJ and they threw a big St. Patrick’s day party. They decided to ask their guests to consider supporting the children at Kirabo Seeds because we need to buy a new home for the children. Their daughter made a poster of ways we communicate with them as sponsors, showing the lives of our children in Uganda. Becky mentioned the party to me and I actually forgot about it in the business of my Spring cleaning. But I was overwhelmed when she informed me that her friends in one party raised $5,000 to help the children buy a new home.
Tell me that’s not God. You won’t convince me.
I tend to view God’s love for these kids to look somewhat like the bluebonnets that are free, wild and protected here in Texas. Nothing can stop these flowers from blanketing the hillsides of Texas. The blue carpet is beautiful, refreshing, and greatly honored as a symbol of this great state. Anything is possible when you allow a seed to settle into good soil.
That’s what our children are doing in Uganda. They are our “Seeds” settling in to good soil that God’s providing through all sorts of people in all sorts of ways, and they are BLOOMING. I have great faith that some day Kirabo Seeds kids will blanket Uganda and tell stories of God’s goodness, faithfulness and love and teach what they’ve been given to generations after them.
I hope you’ll follow this blog and find out more about God’s hand on their lives.