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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Who knew? HE did. Uganda day 2

Please bear with me, because there are really NO WORDS to describe what we experienced today, but I am going to do my best. 

 The group that Grace came to Uganda with (Christ Presbyterian Church) was contacted and asked to bring formula and diapers to a lady that was running a babies home.  Upon arrival, they contacted the lady and asked her to meet them so they could pass it off to her.  After a series of events, they just decided to go to her home and give it to her.  When they arrived they found a lady living in a small home, with 14 babies all around the age of 6 months., and one 18 months old.   As, they talked to the lady and she shared her story, they learned that her husband is a pastor, they have 4 children of their own, and her heart is to help abandoned children.  (most from parents dying of AIDS or other  circumstances)  She spoke of her love for Christ and that she knew that HE had provided for them thus far, but couldn’t help but be anxious of the probation officer’s return. Over the past year, she has come to be known as  “that person” for the police or friends to bring these babies to .  The roof of her home was full of leaks.  There was one corner that stayed dry when it rained, so that was the corner in which she would move all 15 babies when the storms come each afternoon in the rainy season.  She had NO running water.  No electricity.  While talking to her, they realized that while she had papers showing that she had followed all of the legalities to have the children, and was abiding by the rules that are under Ugandan law, her facility in which they lived  DID NOT meet the requirements.  She was keeping chickens in one room as a means of bringing in money to feed the children.  The probation officer told her that he was going to return TODAY (Monday) and take the babies if she had not removed the chickens (which she had) and gotten water and electricity in her home.  The leaders from CPC asked her if she had another place that she could move and she told them about a new home up the hill that was available for rent but didn’t know any details.  The leaders of CPC walked to the home, knocked on the door and asked the man living there if it was available.  It just happened to be the landlord and he said that he would be willing to move out if he had renters.  They asked what the monthly bill would run and he explained with electricity and water it would cost around $400 a month.    At that moment, the spirit moved, they told him that they would commit and the deal was done.  When they returned to the babies home and told Demali their plans, she dropped to her knees and SOBBED praising Jesus for his provision. They came back to the kids that were on the trip and told them the story.  Each child on the trip has committed to a month.  Their goal is for each child to raise $400.00.  To watch these kids get SO EXCITED to share this story and raise the funds to help this ministry care for these abandoned babies was TOO much to bear. I thought my heart was going to burst right out of my chest! 

AND THEN THE FUN PART CAME…..We all loaded up,  drove to the old home, took the baby beds apart, packed clothes, mattresses, food, diapers, and formula AND MOVED THEM INTO THEIR NEW HOME!!!  (rainstorm and all!)   THE BODY OF CHRIST was at work in a MIGHTY WAY right before my very eyes!  I seriously could hear angels singing from heaven!!

 LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, we walked each and every baby up the hill to their new home, where they now have water, electricity, and no leaky roof!    Demali kept saying “I thought you were just bringing me formula and diapers, HOW did this happen!?!”  She cried all day long.  Through her tears she praised Jesus over and over again.  By the end of the day we were all exhausted physically and emotionally.  Our hearts were full.  SO FULL, that we could hardly breathe.  I cannot wait to go back later in the week and see the babies all settled in to their new home. 

As I looked into each of the babies faces, I couldn’t help but think of Caleb and Joshua when they were just as tiny.  Those children all belonged to someone just a few short months ago.  A mommy who loved them with her whole heart, just as I love Caleb and Joshua.  And  the one thing that I am clinging to is that these children have a Jesus that loves them more than I can comprehend.  He has sent a lady to care for them and love them each and every day.  He has sent a group of teenagers from the other side of the world, who have opened their hearts to help provide for these children and I got to see the WHOLE story unfold right before my very eyes!! 

Who knew?! 

HE did.


Sandy said...

I have chills! God is too too too good!

J.J. said...

Wow! What a great lady!

jade said...

This is just so awesome! The church being the church! I just love it!!!!! Thank you for sharing!

Cathie said...

Amazing story! Amazing grace! Thanks for sharing.

rebekah wright said...

Oh, my. Sobbing through reading this. Praise Jesus for His provision, His unfathomable love for HIS children, His unending grace and mercy. Praying now for those precious babies and for the precious mama caring for them. Please share how we can help when you get home--food? diapers? formula? money? Simply amazing to watch God work. Thank you for sharing and for being faithful to obey and love those He puts in front of you. Love to you all.
rebekah wright

Jenn Nahrstadt said...

Wow wow wow wow wow!!!! You knew there was something He had for you there, and now you know what it was! How much you wanna bet there's MORE ahead? Makes me smile to think about it! Thanks for sharing this marvelous God story.

Amber said...

What an amazing story! I am so glad I stopped by and read this! I will be praying for this woman and babies and the rest of your trip!

Anonymous said...

Loved reading your blog and all that is going on there! I am praying for you all and can't wait to hear what else God does while you all are there! I would love for Dana and I to be able to go with you sometime!


Anonymous said...

WOW! Tears in my eyes. May God bless that sweet woman and the selfless devotion she gives those babies. God is so good. I love reading your blog. Thank you for taking the time to update how He's working in your life and in the lives around you. God bless!

Jen said...

I had tears of joy when I read this post this morning. I then shared it with my kids and will link to my blog. Beautiful! The body of Christ in action!

Kathryn said...

Love this. Praising Jesus with yall from Haiti!

Anonymous said...

Oh how I love the Lord. His timing is perfection. He is ever the faithful One. The CPC children. Wow. Good is so good and I love seeing him at work in the hearts of His own. Amazing. So Amazing!

Stacey said...

Oh my gracious! God of wonders is at it again! Rejoicing in my kitchen with you as I read this! So, so happy!

shelley said...

LOVE this. God is good.


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