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Save me from my enemies

“Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him (her), and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” “Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard, then you will call , and the Lord will answer.” Isaiah 58:7-9

It’s amazing to see ancient scripture come alive in day to day life. Maybe in my case a bit more extreme day to day life but still its amazing to see words on paper acted out in real life.

Such as the naked girl that was wandering the streets and we stopped to ‘clothe’ her and to give her shelter. Yes the shelter is in a poorly managed mental health ward in a government hospital but she is getting some attention and safety. She now has some medicine, which I am assuming is to treat bi-polar and/or early Parkinson disease. But I only am basing that on googling the drugs because I haven’t seen any real diagnosis because that would be logical. What also is logical is to not have to go to the pharmacy in town myself to buy the medicine to then deliver to the hospital to have a person I am paying to take care of my patient. But what do I know?

I clothed a naked girl and I am feeding the poor. So then why is the light not breaking like the dawn yet? And where is this healing the bible talks of? So I am calling Lord for your answer now and await patiently for you to intercede on my behalf as the enemies encircle my every movement and plot to take me down.

Yes I have some evil people lurking in the darkness that are plotting evil lies against me in order to try and thwart this entire project for orphans. Their first attack is to counter my first step towards buying land. They are doing there best to stop me and I shed some tears today BUT I am not giving up and I really do think some good will come out of all this and some pretty amazing land will be produced. I am asking God for you to be my ‘rear guard’ and answer ‘my call’. I’m sure you will…could it be tomorrow…please?

In the meantime perhaps some encouragement and a break in the darkness would be also appreciated.

Everything isn’t all gloom and doom here, I have been taking care of many children with their wounds and teaching them some basic first aid by each day changing there bandages and applying iodine and some ointment to seal the wounds. As much as I dread hospitals and waiting and waiting and waiting I do kind of like going to my kids straw huts and pulling up a stool and taking out my basket of bandages to make them smile and so some modern magic on there wounds. I even have a nurse at a clinic that gave me some freebies and hopefully can get some deworming tablets for me. I am by NO means setting up a clinic but if I have a kid who needs me I just can’t say no. The bible really says you should look after orphans and widows even if everyone around them is plotting to stop me. Which I still do not understand because me helping can help them and yet they still don’t get it in this village. So I also ask you God to please introduce some logic here too.

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What does Go mean?

Go he says!

Go now he says….

Ok then I went and now what? Arrived Tuesday night..Wednesday was spent waiting for travel..Thursday we waited all day for our lost luggage. 

We spent today mostly playing Go Fish in Kampala, not quite what I expected but do we ever know what to expect when we Go?

My little brain didn’t fully realize the motives behind the waiting game, Go Fish game, and the lost luggage from our flight but God did. So we prayed frequently today as we got impatient and ornery at each other. Fought off a few fights and survived the day quite contently. 

Our results?

  1. We met a pastor and arranged the visit to the remote school of orphans.
  2. We got drinking water supply
  3. Exchanged money
  4. Got a car
  5. And since we waited all day for our lost luggage we have our friend coming with us tomorrow as our guide again. She originally couldn’t go until Friday evening but now since we delayed our long trip (from Wednesday) to the east of Uganda she can come with. 

Even though the day seemed long and unproductive by American standards we did a lot on God time.  

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I go one way but then go another

Update on mission work in Africa:

As my heart has been pulled to see Billah again at that fateful waterfall in Uganda I decided to reach out to the leader of the team for this trip and see what could be done. It seems God was already at work on this one and I was just a pawn again. So fate might bring me back to Uganda for a weekend excursion while serving in Kenya this May. The details aren’t confirmed yet but it seems I will also be visiting a special needs orphan home in Eastern Uganda as well as one in Umoja Kenya. Both were added because of the little adventure across the border of Kenya and Uganda.

The Umoja Woman it seems is an all female matriarch village founded in 1990 (wikipedia). A sanctuary for homeless survivors of violence against women, and young girls running from forced marriages.

I don’t know what this all means exactly but perhaps this trip to Africa will reveal more of the bunny trail I am hopping down…follow the crumbs and let go of control…

What isn’t apparent in many bible stories of those following God’s direction is the irritating ‘waiting’ game. If patience is something to be learned and earned I must be in the worst part of it. In stories you hear of all the ‘Big’ impact moments and ‘Story defining’ parts, they leave out all the days and months of just waiting and twiddling your thumbs in boredom.

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