Happy Sunday!

Hope you have had a wonderful Sunday, a day of rest and a day to worship and praise our Lord!

We had an off day I guess you would say. Chris said the people in his bible study seemed like maybe they weren’t getting what he was saying. I told him not to worry about it, they were hearing God’s word and God says it will accomplish what he sent it out for. THEN I went to teach Sunday School and at the end of the story of the angel coming to Mary I asked a few questions and all I got was blank stares! There were over thirty little ones – under three, so it was loud, babies crying, Ms Betty moving them around. She is constantly moving kids from one place to another. And the older kids that were there I haven’t seen before and I think they were just there for food. They were rude to me as they left – didn’t even acknowledge when I said goodbye. But I had those words echoing in my mind that I had just said to Chris about his class! (Thank you God. Haha!) Some days are like that!

This week Raelee has been painting nails. I would say the women’s’ nails but I have seen a few guys around with green and blue pinky nails! She asked this morning if she could paint her friends nails and I said it was okay. About an hour later I walk outside and see women sitting at the picnic table. This is usually a sign someone has a problem and needs (or wants) something! They will sit there, watch us pass by doing this and that, and as soon as we go in or start on something – that is when they come! But as I got closer I saw that they were all painting their nails. Apparently Raelee had tired of it and she was in the barn helping her daddy! I had to run to keep from getting my nails glittered! The women had a ball doing each others nails, I think next time we go to Kampala we should get more polish! It seems the uglier the colors the more they like it! To each his own!

And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.  1 John 1:4

 

Sunday School

We had a great time in Sunday School this last Sunday in November. There are so many little ones that have been coming. Christian says it’s parents sending them so they have something to eat. That’s fine with me, they also get to hear the word of God and I believe it when He says In Isaiah 55:11

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Every time the kids hear the Word, tiny seeds are planted that when watered over time will sprout and bloom. One day they will fully understand what God was telling them through these stories. I am so encouraged every time we come together at their understanding of the message of the stories. And their memory of the scripture verses is just so awesome, even the very little ones remember! I am thankful I have this opportunity to help bring children closer to Jesus – though it is one of the biggest challenges I face in my life. I have always felt so inadequate to work with children, feel like that is just not my gift and have had to fill the void because there was no one else to do it. But apparently God has a different view of it – or maybe it’s just a lesson in obedience! I love the children, but I also pray that with mentoring the teenagers, they will one day be able to do most of the service – they are able to minister in ways I can not because of the culture differences. But I know I will always have a part in it because my heart desires all of them to have a better life and to follow Jesus!

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”    Matthew 19:14

Sunday School

Sunday the children took a day off from stories so that they could make thank-you cards for all the ladies that made the dolls they received on Easter. There have been quite a few asking to write letters or cards to thank them because the dolls meant a great deal to them. It was a slow process for some, they didn’t all get finished in the morning so they will be finishing them up next Sunday and we will be taking pictures (hopefully) of each child with their letter. When a team from the States comes to visit, we will be sending them back to the ladies of Good Hope Church in Anacoco so that they can be blessed to know how much their time and caring effort meant to the kids!

Sunday School

Sunday didn’t start out well for me. The devil isn’t happy about what has been going on with the children, and now Christian is teaching from the Bible early before the regular service. My interpreter Derek texted me to say he wasn’t coming. It was short notice that Christian would also be preaching the second service so there went my support and photographer. It just seemed nothing was going right. I was crying and decided I wasn’t going to do this anymore. I asked God why it had to be so hard. Next thing I know, Derek arrived and I knew that God was listening to my cries and He wiped my tears. I still didn’t have a photographer until after the story, but that isn’t the most important thing. We had a great time again with the children, they talked about what they learned last week and I have to say I could tell they were really listening last week. I am so very thankful God has sent Derek, he explains things so well to the children, in a way they can understand. He sings and dances and gets the kids involved. I believe God has big plans for him in ministry.

The Bible study Christian did was mostly our workers, which is awesome. They are almost all muslim, in name and upbringing mainly. It was good to see that they have interest, and eight of them said they didn’t have Bibles but would like to have one. The people around us mostly speak Lusoga or English. But the language that is more common is Luganda. We had already bought a few Lusoga Bibles but we found out that the schools do not teach how to read and write in Lusoga. (Doesn’t make much sense!) So they asked for Luganda Bibles, which we found in Jinja and bought. Please pray for these men and women. It is very hard on them when they do come to Christ, some get shunned from the community and have even been chased away. And pray especially for the men. Our regular church services usually only have a couple men besides the two Pastors. So we are really excited that there are more wanting to learn more about Jesus.

I posted on Facebook that we are now the parents of 17 kids! We came here as parents to three kids, but it seems here if you help kids by caring, feeding or paying school fees you become their parents. In one way that is a good thing – I know it is for the kids that don’t have one or both parents, but on the other hand some parents use that to just quit taking care of their kids thinking we will do it! Really we have 7 that we support, feed and send to school 3 of that family. We have Derek that we are trying to keep in school. The others have a mother and we have helped with their education but have had to stop that. It is one thing to help but another to be used. And where we were afraid or didn’t want to say no, we learned that most of the time they have a way other than us. So for now we are sticking to the widows and orphans and some medical for children. Our workers still have their medical fund so that works out great.

Last week was a rough one, this week has started out rough already so please pray for us. For perseverance, for compassion, and for God’s direction and His Will be done. Pray for us to help keep our focus on the One that knows our hearts and has His hand always out to pick us up when we falter. The devil doesn’t win in the end of God’s story and he won’t win here! Sometimes we run, sometimes we stand, but always we have faith in the One that holds us in the palm of His hand and never, NEVER let’s us go!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

1 Corinthians 9:24
[ Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith ] Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  Hebrews 12:1