Christine is a great little helper, loves to play house, and cuddle in Phiona’s lap. She’s a very good girl with a lot of heart healing to accomplish from her past.
Desire is the boy who gets the best grades consistently. He can be stubborn and cause a little ruckus among the family but his heart is good and he wants to do things right. He’s beginning to learn he gets caught in our house so he’s quickly giving up his former ways.
Lydia is a good girl. She loves her grandma so much and loves to visit her. She lost her parents when she was an infant and so her grandma is all she’s known but she’s really unable to educate or care for her. We keep their connection strong. Lydia couldn’t hold a pencil when she came to us but now she is writing words in English! She’s working so hard to be a good student. She has the HIV virus, but she is never sick. We take great care in getting them the medicines they need and keeping the timing perfect. She can live a long life as a carrier as long as we are careful.
Ryan joined our family October 2012. He is a funny kid, full of energy, and he gets along with all the children. He gives the very best bear hugs. He carried with him some foul language in his native language but the shock it causes is helping him realize he can’t talk that way anymore! He loves school! He loves to play football.
Peter is the oldest in the family. He is a hard worker, a good student, and mindful of the Aunties and Uncle Robert. He has a lot of confidence. He loves being a part of the family with us.
Lawrence is a little cutie pie and he knows it. He likes being the youngest and finds his place on the Auntie’s laps as often as possible. He’s working hard to learn to be a good student. He is an obedient boy and doesn’t cause too much trouble for anyone. Who can resist that smile?
Daniel is one of the older boys and he’s quickly showing up as a good leader. He is so competitive he likes to be the best and first. He has responded well to our behavior chart and loves to get all green tickets. He’s a good student that is learning the rewards are great if he’s even better in school. He’s a great helper, kind, and respectful. His brother Paul is also in our family.This is a boy who loves to worship with all his heart and can pray and pray and pray. It makes my heart stop when I watch his face and he’s singing worship songs.
Musa has a big heart full of love and he needs a lot of reassurance that he too is lovable. He’s had difficulties with self esteem in the past and he is beginning to see he can be secure in our home. He is impulsive and it often gets himself in trouble, but his heart is gold and he really wants to be a good boy. We are all so crazy about him and we cheer his best efforts. He is so wonderful with the little children.
Victoria is so camera shy but she is so eager to be loved. She had such a hard life before we found her, and she’s learning slowly that she’s safe, we love her, and she can take all the time to heal from her hurts. Mostly she knows God is the great love of her life. She is so much better behaved than when she first came to us. She really wants to do her best. She was so affectionate with me on my visits. She loves to play like she is a mama to her baby doll and she likes to do puzzles.
Paul is quiet and often hangs in the back of what is happening. He loves to play ball with the big boys and isn’t much interested in the little kids. He broods a bit and often struggles with his temper. He is soft towards God and has prayed often to learn to let go of his anger and be more forgiving and have more patience with others. His brother is Daniel.
Denis is one of the best students in the group. He’s quiet, withdrawn, and often alone on the outside. But he has a great love for God in his heart and he is praying that God will help him with his deep dark anger. He has had some difficulties in his life and it will take some time for him to heal. We are all on board to help him overcome by the grace of God. We love him and he will learn that this love is everlasting because it comes from God.
Boniface has two old grandmas who are sisters. Only one is the real jjajja but they both take on the role. He is greatly loved. Not only loved but he is honored as the man in the family. They check on him often and are so prayerful for our ministry. We were able to teach them and their friends a bible study and future trips we are invited back to teach more. Boniface carries the HIV virus, but he is rarely sick and we can hardly tell that he has it. We are faithful in going to his monthly appointments for the medicines and Auntie Julie controls the timing of giving him his meds like a professional nurse. He is the sweetest boy. His heart reflects that smile.
Ronald is the leader and role model in the group. He sets the standard that all the children would like to meet with their behavior. He is a pleaser. He’s most responsive, most helpful and so responsible. He struggles a little in school despite how hard he works. We are watching to see if there is a learning disability so we can get him the help he needs. He’s such a great kid.
Dickson is a deeply grounded boy. There isn’t much that throws him off balance. He’s a good friend, helpful, happy and easy going. He loves devotion time and is so tender in his heart toward God. He likes attention but doesn’t grab for it. He’s quiet, yet it is easy to gravitate towards him.
Angela is our oldest girl and such a good role model for mothering the children. She’s so helpful in the kitchen cooking and with bathing the younger children. She’s quiet and a little shy but also eager to participate and play. Like any preteen girl she’s bossy! She wants to be perfect at everything she does and sometimes she has great fears. She loves God and works hard in school.
Marvin joined the family in January 2013 and though he was three and a half he looked one. He was malnourished and very sick, but still so sweet and happy. He’s responded well to being in our family, is always playful and the kids adore him. Auntie Julie is so happy to have a little one around when everyone is in school. We thank God for allowing us to take custody of this sweet boy. If we aren’t careful we’ll spoil him. But can a child be spoiled by too much love? I don’t think so.
In case anyone is wondering…these children are not for adoption. They have all been orphaned but our home is to raise Ugandans. We aim to raise leaders who an raise leaders and impact the culture one child at a time.