After long anticipation and laborious preparations the Cameron family has arrived at Kirabo Seeds in Uganda. They spent the last month packing the necessities to bring with them and selling or giving away everything else they have. There are nine black plastic bins and two cardboard boxes in tow. I experience a slight wish for the simpler life at just the thought of being able to pare down. Long ago I dreamed of backpacking into the Grand Canyon. (We moved suddenly and that cancelled the adventure.) It was a fun game for me to to list, weigh and then eliminate the bare essentials for a weekend that would be tolerably situated on my back. That was my idea of a good time. I would still like to do that some day.
The Camerons have moved the scale up to more than a weekend. They have brought life essentials for three years. Their apartment is finished and waiting for them so they will begin buying new furniture and moving into their home as soon as they can wipe the jet lag from their eyes. As I write this they are awaiting the children who will be coming home from school soon and I know it will be a fantastic reunion. I also know the children will be absolutely fascinated by the fair haired babies they have brought with them. I can almost guarantee our children haven’t seen such blonde babies from the west. I can see their expressions if I close my eyes and it makes me miss them all so much.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Kirabo Seeds story that God is showing us. I feel a significant transition is occurring. If we are a trilogy book one has closed. We have established our organization and survived the stormy adventures that were meant to test and see if we had verve to go the long distance with orphan care in Uganda. We passed the test. We survived. We are strong in the basics but we were missing one essential ingredient to success: Leadership on the ground.
So the new adventure of book two begins as the Camerons model and practice the servant leadership of Jesus to the staff and the children. In my limited experience over the past five years I often encounter a way of leadership there that is authoritarian, fierce, bossy, and wielded with an attitude of “my way or out of the way”. I am sure there are excellent servant leaders there. We we were led to import some. I have stood guard against bringing American lifestyle to Ugandan ministry. Here is a situation, however, when culture gets trumped by biblical righteousness. We will teach the biblical way to lead. It has nothing to do with culture and everything to do with compassion, love, development, patience and caring. If we are raising these children to be leaders in their communities they need to observe great leadership. Darren and Mary Beth are given to them by God, and I get the shivers writing that. These two are going to spend the next three years inspiring our children, and staff, in ways that will last for generations.
So book two in our trilogy is the making of heroes! And I have to hope I get to see book three where the children take what they have learned at Kirabo Seeds and spend it lavishly on the community where they live and work. They will teach it and give it to their children and that will be passed down for endless generations. I believe as the founder of this organization that over time we will indeed sow countless seeds of God’s love and wisdom from the bible because we sowed so deeply in to the lives of these few children. Yes, we could have helped more children but not at the same depth as we are able to reach these seventeen precious orphaned kids. And the number of people they will reach with their lives is unfathomable.
I hope you are all as excited to watch what God is going to do next as I am!