nice to have an extra hour of sleep this morning. We’ve been leaving for the mission site at
8:00 each morning but today, Sunday, we weren’t scheduled to depart for church until
went to the church near the Lulwanda Children’s Home. The church was packed with all the children
from the orphanage as well as the usual Sunday attendees. As usual, we were asked to teach men’s,
women’s and children’s Sunday school as well as preach the sermon. Karen, Susan and I taught the women’s class
on the subject of obedience. We each
shared stories of when we had been obedient and the many blessings we had
received as a result of that obedience, as well as times when we knew God had
called us to act and we had failed to follow through. Unfortunately, we ran a little long so were
unable to get feedback from the women, however Karen and I had the opportunity
after the service to speak to one of the house mothers at the orphanage and she
shared her testimony of obedience.
abbreviated version is that her husband had deserted her when her second child
was still an infant. She was having a
very difficult time supporting herself and her children. She was offered a job six months ago at the
Children’s Home but accepting the job would mean she would have to leave her
children behind in the care of neighbor. She fasted and prayed for three days
and saw the orphanage in a vision and knew that God was calling her to work
there. It was an extremely difficult
decision but she was obedient and followed God’s call. I
still have a hard time understanding how someone could leave their children and
I’m not sure I could have done the same, however we can’t just be obedient when
it’s easy. When God calls us to serve it
usually requires some degree of sacrifice on our part.
service, we went into the dining hall and the children sang a song for us. Pastor
Morris thanked us for our ongoing support of the Children’s Home. He talked about how these children are the future
of Uganda: future presidents, future doctors, future administrators and future
teachers. It was a very uplifting and
hope- filled message.
return to the hotel, we at a late lunch of the usual fare except this was the
first day that our dessert did not contain pineapple. Note to Trey’s Mom: What does that child have against pineapple?(Joking). We
then each emptied our extra suitcases of all the translator gifts and stacked
them up in the hallway. Going from one
end to the other we worked assembly line fashion to fill 30+ bags with bibles,
soap, toothbrushes, socks, etc. The bags
will be distributed by Mama Aidah to those who assisted with our mission
efforts this past week.
will pack our suitcases for departure tomorrow morning at 7:00 to Murchison
Falls for a safari. It’s a long way and
we’ve been told the roads are not good between here and Soroti but after that
it will be smooth sailing. Please pray
for safe travels for our team.
goodbye to Mbale and our hosts at the Mt. Elgon Hotel, weary, fulfilled
servants of God. We’ll see you soon!