Today was our last and final day of VBS at Kigungu Deliverance Church. We are so grateful for the past three days of praying, loving, and working alongside the church volunteers and staff, Compassion staff, and more. We are grateful for their willingness to host us and to partner with us in the Kingdom work God had planned for this place and these people.
Today’s lessons were on taste and touch. Liz started out the morning reminding the kids of our memory verses and the five senses God gave us to experience His creation. She then showed the kids how to do the chicken dance! With our dancing “skills”, we are definitely giving Americans a good name, haha. Each person on our team was paired with a translator from the church or another project on games, crafts, and lessons.
The craft team ran out of glue sticks during the second rotation. We thought dancing might be a good way to pass the time but Godfrey wasted no time and preached a sermon of his own. The kids shared testimonies and asked questions. Uganda has recently passed a law that if a homosexual is caught in the action, the punishment is life in prison. Because of this, so many of these children are interested in our thoughts of this topic. God used the fact that we ran out of glue sticks to speak Truth in their lives, answer deep and tough questions, and shed light on the fact that Jesus loves EVERYONE despite their sin…that we love everyone and show them love as Jesus loves. Love the sinner and hate the sin. We are all sinners struggling with the brokenness of this world. We all are loved no matter our past, our story, or our lifestyle. It was so cool to share this with students who are finding this to be so relevant today.
Melanie was the emcee this afternoon, going over the last two day’s lessons and surprising them with a backflip! They LOVED her backflips. At the end of the day, everyone surrounded her and began to do the worm, break dance, and more!
Diane had six girls give her a presentation on human trafficking…these children are put into these situations by their own relatives. They educated Diane on the topic and told her they all knew someone that was taken to China…sold by their aunts and uncles. They told Diane to share that information with as many people as possible to spread awareness.
Children come into the Compassion program between the ages of three and nine. Compassion truly comes alongside the children and their parents when they are young, connecting them with the local church providing education, compassion, medical aide, and accountability. By coming alongside these children at such a young age, connecting them with sponsors, and relieving the burden of hunger, possible future in trafficking, and more. They truly provide a chance at a better life and success in their futures. Compassion sees these children up through the age of 22. When you sponsor a child, you are standing in the gap-helping preserve these children’s lives. When you sponsor a child, they are no longer a burden on the family. Compassion is preventing these issues before they happen.
Each person on this team has experienced God in such a different way here in Uganda. God had a purpose for each one of us…to provide an answer to a question, to represent Jesus in a certain age group or situation, to share wisdom and hope, to provide love and encouragement to the women, and so much more than we could ever comprehend. There is still so much work to be done in loving on each and every single child, student, young adult, and adult here.
Two children accepted Christ today as their Lord and Savior making the Kingdom of God bigger by 50 children in the past two days.
As Mark Taylor said, “the Kingdom of God has been changed forever because we said yes to God.”