Today I fell in love, like head over heels madly in love. (No, I did not find a husband so calm yourselves.) Today 1 person (me) fell in love with 10 sisters and their 13 children. Today my heart broke, poured out and was put back together and filled in less than a second. Today was the day, where all moments of fear, uncertainty, and restlessness were laid to bed. Today I shared tea and God’s word with 10 teen mothers and their 13 children. All of the mothers are under the age of 19 and all the children are under the age of 6.
I am currently on staff at the North Kigezi Diocese in Children’s Ministry with a focus on orphan care, special needs and children at risk. Within this job I am working on starting my own ministry called Cherished Life Ministry with the diocese youth worker Enoch. (Fun Fact: Everyone in town refers to me as Rev. Enoch’s first born American daughter) Cherished Life Ministry works specifically in a small sub-county of Rukungiri district called Kebisoni. We will be working in the village to provide and support the needs of those who live in extreme poverty. We work so all lives are cherished, old, young, and in-between. We are striving to make sure families get to stay together, children are loved and valued and that all people in this community learn to know their value and identity in God.
Today we met with ten teenage mothers in the village. We had a small fellowship and met for tea. The day was filled with getting to know the girls and their children.
I spoke on Philippians 4:13
“ I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
And Romans 12:12-16
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.”
This year I am dedicated to these girls I get to call my sisters and their children I get to call my nieces and nephews. Oh, how I have fallen in love my friends. I so desperately pray that these girls to become a tight knit community bonded together by their similar circumstance to celebrate on good days and to pray together on bad days. CLM is dedicated to these girls to be here for fellowship, friendship and support to help create a better destiny for these girls and their beautiful children. My prayer is that as we get to know their stories we will be able to help support them and their physical needs as well as their spiritual needs.
Friends can I say it again; Oh I have fallen in love. I am so excited to introduce you to these wonderful sisters.
Some Day to Day items:
- A centipede crawled on my face, while I was sleeping (ick!)
- I spilled rotting fruit on my kitchen floor and now my kitchen smells of moldy fruit
- Dance party in my kitchen with neighbor children
- When women literally hand me their children to play with in town
- Opened a bank account with the funniest banker
- Petting a camel on the way to town (like whaddup)
- Running into Old S.6 Makobore Boys
Love from Uganda,