Hello all you awesome people who support my wife and the orphans of Uganda and the world!
Linny asked me to give you a quick update on the happenings on the first day since the computers are not working all that well. (Slow is an understatement for the internet in Uganda!)
We always ask our team to pray, "Lord, break my heart with what breaks yours!" It's a very powerful prayer and God likes to show up on this one all the time. (We encourage you to begin praying this small but powerful prayer. Then open your eyes to what God will reveal to you. It will be life changing.)
Sometimes it takes awhile to break through our hard exteriors... or should I say it takes men awhile?
NOT the women!
Their sensitive, compassionate, mother hearts were ripped open on the first day. Linny explained that at the first debrief, at the end of the first day, their was not a dry eye in the place. Everyone was crying as they shared their first day experiences. Their hearts were ripped & broken with the things that break God's heart!
As they traveled to the guest house they experienced the sights, the sounds, & the smells of Uganda. Their is usually almost universal disbelief in what you are experiencing. Combine that with the excitement of arrival and your walls begin to fall down.
After checking in they exchanged money and ate in downtown Kampala.
They had a few pieces of pizza left over... (if I know my Emma she over ordered on purpose) - as they drove they saw a 2 year old begging by himself - a 4 year old begging by herself.
Emma and another couple of women jumped from the taxi and went out and fed these kids. I can picture it so vividly. I hope you can... desperate - begging children - probably being used by some hidden adult, given food - for one day - for one meal!
The thought begins to creep into your mind, "what about tomorrow"? Who will feed them tomorrow? And your heart breaks. The need is huge - the resources so small.
Then they went to Sanyu babies home. This is where my Elijah and Elizabeth were being cared for.
They held. They hugged. They kissed. And they loved these children, these babies. Nineteen ladies loving so many children. So much love - so little time.
Upon seeing such a great need, you feel so helpless.
And again their hearts broke!
So as they shared, one by one, the ladies hearts were broken with what breaks the heart of God, and they cried, the wept for the children of Uganda. Will you pray tonight for the children?
The orphans, they get it - God cares... and God sent someone to love on them.... even if only for a moment.
They understand someone cares, someone is praying, someone will love them, someone will feed them, someone will _____________.
Maybe God is calling you to be someone for an orphan. Just sayin..... (ok, Linny didn't ask me to post the last part.... you know what happens when you go beyond the boundaries... but i have a hankerin she'd approve! Right babe?)
So this completes your first update... she told me I had to be serious the first time so I tried really hard to obey!
Bless all of you lovers of the children of the world!
Dw for linny lee
PS: If you are up for a good cry - check out my Emma's update at emonamission.blogspot.com