March 8, 2013
What do you do when you grow up in an orphanage and then when you become an adult you see babies who are orphaned or have no hope of a future due to their dire circumstances - you open up a babies home. That is exactly what Damali did several years ago. There was no formal business plan, no foundation or grant funds to set up operations, only a need and someone willing to step out in faith to fill it.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." James 1: 27a
I first met Damali years ago when she was a young girl at GSF. Now she is a grown woman of great faith who has a babies home, is married and has a 6 week old baby girl. There is a staff who help care for the over 20 babies under the age of 2. The Sonrise Babies Home is an amazing place full of God's love & happy babies who otherwise would have been discarded or abandoned and left to die.
Jeff & I have been able to reconnect with several of the young adults who were only young children when we first came to Uganda in 2000 and they are amazing. Their love of the Lord and the ministry work they are doing here is a testimony to the love shown them through dedicated missionaries who were willing to leave family & home to follow God's call to serve others. Their faith in God is humbling and inspiring.
"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life." Matthew 19:29
We also went to visit my 2 Ugandan boys, Aaron & Adam. Aaron attached himself, physically, to me in 2000. Very soon thereafter both boys had a special place in my heart. As happens sometimes, they were brought to GSF when they were about 6 months old, very sick and near death. For the first 12 years of their life it was thought they were orphans when in actuality they have a mother, siblings, and an extended family. They were resettled with their family & since that time I have remained in close contact. They will be 17 years old on June 10 - a tenuous age, especially here, at they are nearing a point of having to make some decisions regarding their future. Please pray that they will be diligent in seeking God's will for life and that He will guide them in their decisions.
My continued contact with the boys would not be possible with out David, of course he is also one the amazing young adults who grew up at GSF. He has helped me over the years in many ways when it comes to the boys, their education & their family situation . The boy's mother is very gracious and thankful for the help, as she is unmarried, and has 4 children. Today she presented us with a beautiful rooster as a thank you gift. As much as we would have loved for her to keep the rooster & use it for food for her family - to refuse the gift would have been a great insult, so....we left with a rooster in the trunk of the car. Since Jeff & I have no desire, knowledge, or need to prepare & cook a rooster we passed the gift onto David for him & his family. Since today is Woman's Day, a national holiday here, we told him to tell his wife he picked up dinner while he was out :)
Please continue to pray for Jeff's mother & my father. Both continue to have health problems.
Praising God for His gift of salvation & the privilege to be here serving Him!