We have changed hotels and now have better internet access for a few days so I wanted to take a few minutes to give you some updates on our time here, although to tell you everything would not allow me the time that I also need to rest.We have been so blessed to see old friends and to meet many new.
Last year we were only able to spend one day with the children at Abba House, but they had not forgotten us and they had not forgotten the children that had written them letters. They greeted us with smiles, hugs, and questions. The first question is always to ask how our children are doing, usually followed by wanting to know why they did not come with us. The questions that followed were questions of the children at the church. They also wanted us to know that they still have some of the balls that we brought to them. What a joy it has been to see them all again and to meet the new children that have joined the family. We were excited to see Julius and spend time with him. He took us around and showed us the garden and other things that they are working on there. We also meet new missionary friends that have been at Abba House and have been such a blessing to the children there in so many ways.
The children were so blessed with the new school shoes. I do not know if words can help you know just how much it means to them that everyone in Healy cares so much for them. In America we do not fully comprehend what it means to them because for them, even though they have never met you, you are family to them. For them, they will never forget what you have done.
Yesterday, while we were visiting the children at Abba House, they received a visit from two couples from South Sudan and have come to Uganda because of the current fighting in South Sudan. The most crazy (only God) thing is that the couples were from the orphanage that we had been to last year while in South Sudan. What a blessing it was to catch up with old friends and hear the updates of what is going on there, not just the fighting, but what God is doing through the new missionary couple that has come. I can’t say that I know for sure why God put this meeting together. Perhaps it was simply to bless me with updates for knowing what is going on with these children and widows that I love so much, or perhaps God has yet another purpose but for now it just leaves me smiling and saying “only God”.We have had two nights of service at The Tabernacle of Christ Church. This is the church that actually operates the orphanage there. Pastors and people have come from many churches and I believe that they are receiving from the Word of the Lord. There is a precious older lady, who does not understand what I say to her, but I take her tiny hand in mine and I hope that she knows how much I love her. Another man who I learned from one of our new friends is over a 100 has been there both nights and Denver was able to pray for him and for healing for his back. The people of Uganda receive us with such love and so much hunger to hear God’s word.