1. The lack of hope in Christ.
Please join me in prayer against these two highly preventable things. By coming alongside me and praying against these two issues I believe that great things can and will happen in this country. I know this because a movement is already happening. And that is ALL due to prayer and the amazing work of our Savior. Over the past two years that I have been here I have seen the lives of close to 200 children and their moms be changed for the better. I know seeds have been planted, I am just left to hope and pray that by the grace of God they are being fed daily and are growing. I feel that it is no coincidence that over half the children/moms that have come and gone through our program are either Muslim and/or come from families that practice witchcraft. I know that God orchestrates the coming and going of each and every person here. I know he has a plan for them ALL, while they are here receiving treatment and even after they go home. Because He is sovereign and He is good.
So I guess as you can see, I sort of stopped blogging for a while.. It wasn't really planned, it just kinda sorta happened. I suppose for a little while there, I just sort of lost my "vision" for this blog or what it is that I really wanted to share with people on this thing. But here I am, back and ready to fill you (or whoever is still left out there reading this thing) in on some updates on my life here in Uganda.
First things first, I should tell you I was fortunate enough to go back to America for a few months back in March. (In missionary terminology I believe you could call that my Furlough). It was pretty great. I really had an excellent time. Some much needed rest and time with my family & friends was had and yeah, it was just overall really great. Though it was pretty hard to leave this time around, I am now back, and for now I really do believe this is where God wants me. Well, I should clarify, I have been back since June... (again sorry for my terrible ability to write a blog).
Since getting back, life here has been nothing short of pretty amazing. In just this 3 months time I have seen 36 little lives go home healthy, happy, and fully restored. Once having been so weak and frail - now strong and full of energy. Their moms once being so hopeless and ready to give up on their children - now filled with hope and wisdom and knowledge of both Christ and the importance of nutrition both in their lives and the lives of their children. It has been amazing to witness and experience. I am, and continue to feel so blessed and honored each and every day to be part of the ministry work that God is doing here in this place. I'm so happy to work alongside of people so dedicated and willing to go above and beyond to help their neighbors. I am honored to call each and everyone of them my friends.
And unfortunately in this life along with the joy comes sorrow. In my time being back I have seen eight precious lives taken away from this world [in my eyes] way too short. Some of them, not even being here for more than a few days, they were simply here one day and gone the next. I suppose I/we will never know the why's or what if's, or what their reasons were for being so sick for so long without going for any treatment... But we can choose to believe that they were brought here for some sort of reason, even if it remains unknown, and that our paths just didn't cross by coincidence or chance, but rather on purpose and for His good and His glory. We can choose hope. Because after all, isn't that what we were commanded to do?
In awesome news God has answered a great prayer of ours and has brought us a woman by the name of Peace! She is a Ugandan Nutritionist and has been an awesome asset to our team here at SHC. She has a lot of experience under her belt and has so far been working great with our moms and nurses. Praise Jesus for Peace! We are still in the searching process for a Doctor so continue to pray for us as we do that.
In other news, our dairy goat Margie has had somewhat of a tough year. As some of you know she had a baby girl earlier this year. Well, due to a tragic event (falling into a pit in our backyard) our baby goat drowned. Many tears were shed over that goat (and from personally speaking I can tell you a lot of them were my very own). So awful. But, Margie has pressed on and has been continuing to produce A LOT of milk for us! Which has been really great and not to mention nutritious! Recently, we just bred her and are praying for another baby girl. Fingers crossed. Proper fences have been put up in the yard and I am trying to stay hopeful :)
I think that's about it for updates. Again, my apologies for failing to update this blog at a normal rate. Here are a few pictures to possibly make up for what a disappointment I have been.
Thank you for praying! Be blessed.
|Photos by: Jacqueline Kramlich|