Sour & Sweet

This week I have had to test several precious children to see if they had malaria. Every time I have to prick their tiny fingers with a needle it breaks my heart.

This morning Chase went to check on the progress of the new ot-lums being built at the Women’s Refuge Center and found sweet Maurine had a fever and was not feeling well. He called me to meet him at the Abaana’s Hope Medical Center so that I could test her for malaria. This was not and will not be Maurine’s last malaria test. It is the reality of living in Uganda. She already knew what was coming and held her little hands tight in a fist trying to prevent us from getting her finger to be able to prick it. Oh’ how it hurts my heart to hear any child cry in fear or pain. But, to be the one inflicting the pain is terrible!!

M Treatment

Needles to say Uncle Chase and Auntie Kimmey were not her favorite people this morning. We both cannot stand to see her sad, so Chase quickly went to get her a treat from our American stash of food. After testing her, we found she did have malaria, we dossed her medicine and Chase presented her with her first experience with Sour Patch Kids. Judging by her reaction, I would say she will be a forever fan of sour gummies! After all, a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down! 😉

Sour to Sweet

Please say a prayer for Maurine and all the precious children that are currently suffering from malaria!

Women’s Refuge Bible Study

Have you ever done something with the intentions of blessing others, but in reality you are blessed abundantly more? Well this is one of those cliche experiences that have brought us that exact blessing or in this case, a refuge, from the {good} chaos associated with our life in Uganda. We intended to bless the families at the refuge center by continuing their weekly bible study, but by pausing and spending time in God’s word with these families we have found our own blessing of a refuge. Continue reading

Chosen {Child Development Program}

Today I got to watch as our Abaana’s Hope Social Worker told two teenage boys and one young boy that they had been sponsored to be a member of Abaana’s Hope Child Development Program. The Child Development Program at Abaana’s Hope is designed to assist vulnerable children in realizing their full potential in Christ, in the home, and in the community. All three of the guys were excited, but the young boys reaction was nothing less than pure joy. It was the sweetest, most precious thing I have seen in a while. His smile went from ear to ear, he began clapping and then he quickly tried to hide his uncontrollable smile, as so many do in this culture. But, there was no chance of him concealing his beautiful smile!

How sweet it was to watch this boy have such excitement about getting the opportunity to attend school for the first time in a year. He had to drop out of school because his mother lacked the means to pay for him to attend. He understands what it is like to be the boy that sits at home while all of his friends attend school. He knows what it is like to watch his siblings go to school, but know there is not enough money to send him to school. He knows what it is like to be the only boy at the borehole with out a uniform on. Even at such a young age he knows what it is like to feel like an outcast.

But, now, here is the great part! He has now been chosen, by someone he has never met to be apart of a Godly holistic program. He now knows what it is like to get a second chance. Let me tell you, I can guarantee he is grateful to attend school again. He is grateful to have the opportunity to learn. He is grateful to be taught. He is grateful he was chosen. He is grateful to the person or family that chose to give $40 a month to make him apart of the Child Development Program.

I am also thankful. I am thankful for all of the individuals that believe in Abaana’s Hope enough to sponsor children through the Child Development Program. I am thankful to get to watch these children and their families grow spiritually and emotionally as they attend bible studies, Sunday school, special programs, and school. I am thankful I get to work with an organization that does not just pay a child’s school fees and then forget about them or their families. I am thankful to work with an organization that believes in a holistic approach to come along side families and ultimately point them to Christ.

On behalf of our children in the child development program I say thank you. If you would like to sponsor a child, we have many still available! Simply go to the website, Child Development Website, and follow the instructions.

Here is a glimpse of some of the children in the program. I could take pictures of these kids all day long! They are adorable and a challenge all at the same time!

It is the ministries goal to have a maximum of two sponsors per child. The children below still need at least one sponsor… If you click on the pictures below, each picture is labeled with the child’s name that you can match on the website, Child Development Website

 

 

The Ladies Build Their Future

One of the greatest parts of being a missionary is getting to watch and experience plans come to fruition. When the Women’s Refuge Center first began, it seemed so far into the future for a women to complete the program. But, the future is now a reality! I am beyond excited to share that not one, but two ladies are on the verge moving out of the center as empowered land-owning women!

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