We were so excited about today’s adventures: home visits and community day.
We began our morning by taking the bus to Kigungu Deliverance Church to pick up our sponsored children. Wasswa and his twin sister, Hope, walked all the way from their homes to be at the church (before the gates were opened) at 7 a.m. Once the children piled onto the bus, we dropped each sponsor and their child off at their homes to meet the families, give our gifts, and see where they live. Home visits are incredible. We are able to spend more time with our children and their families and bless them. Each time, we come away from the experience more blessed than we could’ve imagined. Many families have us baskets overflowing with avocados, bananas, papayas, passion fruit, and more. Sharon and Alan’s “granddaughter” made them a doll out of banana sheaves. It’s incredible how little they have but how much they give…
Diane set up a table with our biography frames, notepads and bookmarks for the guests to take as they came to see a little bit The people that dithered in were able to come up and read a little about us. She also had set up a quilt she had made for anyone and everyone to sign that visited the church. Our plan was to have rotating groups but God had a different plan. We ended up doing our presentations within the church as a whole group because of the rain instead of splitting up into gender and age groups. Liz and Diane did a great job presenting an informational talk about HIV/AIDs-what it is, how to get it, and how to prevent and treat it. Most times, rumors are spread about how to cure it-the most common being to have relations with a 13 year old virgin. We wanted to give them the knowledge they needed to get the help they needed.
After this, the group split up and the teens went out to talk with Melanie and Carley (girls) and Nick (boys) to talk about self worth, identity, purity, promiscuity, and more. The girls are truly like girls and teens in America. They want to talk about boys and giggle! Many of the girls were shy, so they wrote their questions down on slips of paper for Carley and Melanie to respond to anonymously.
Then, Rick and Alan talked to the group about Fatherhood. While the church was filled with people (Praise God), most of them were women. We believe that God has a reason for this whether it be for these women to relay the information to their husbands or that they needed to hear what a Godly man and husband should be.
Jenny and Krista shared their part about Caregiver Support. We wanted to encourage these men and women to continue in their good works, having faith that God will sustain them. We wanted to encourage them to surround themselves with a community of people that are going through similar situations.
Sharon and Judy talked about abuse and issues surrounding an stemming from that.
We probably had over 400 people in the church not including children and teens! God did some amazing and incredible things today and we were honored to be a small part of it!
Like I said in a previous post, Ugandans know how to party! The mayor of Entebbe came to the closing ceremony and bull roast to greet the community, talk about faith and the Christian walk, and pray over the people!
Please pray for continued health for each of our team members! Pray for us to be secure in Him, whether we are awake or asleep. Pray that we would have a full day of loving on children tomorrow with our only focus being to play games with them!