Every Kid Desires a Bible & a Trip to Blessed Hope
Today was an amazing day! To see all the little faces peering in the chapel eagerly awaiting their very own Bible. I have seen kids line up for many things, but this was the first I ever saw a line of children ready to burst into a chapel to get their Bibles. That is only the beginning. The children were divided into groups so we could work with them in small groups showing them how to be able to use their Bibles successfully. The first group was the boarders of the Molly & Paul School, New Kabaale Busega.
The children were all so excited to receive their Bibles and to learn how to work their way through them. They did not just want to show me they could find the verses in the Bible, but could not wait to read the verses. Showing one group how to use the index on how to find the book that had the story of the “Last Supper” the boys in my group were excited to see the story was in more than 1 book of the bible and they proceeded to look all the referenced verses up and read them aloud.
The most amazing thing today for me was when Matthew, a primary 2 class student told me he did not get “one”. I told him that I saw he had several stickers and that we needed to save them for the next class so they could have some too. He kept telling me he did not get “one”. I finally asked Matthew “what did you not get?” and he proceeded to tell me he did not get a Bible. He was not worried about a sticker, but he wanted to make sure he got his Bible. The situation touches me in so many different levels. It is hard for me to think that a child so young would so eagerly wait for a Bible and think of nothing else, but getting that Bible.
The children at the orphanage loved their Bibles and showed great joy for receiving them. Their faces tell the whole story especially for those who speak little English. It has been an amazing experience for them, but especially for our team.
After we distributed Bibles to New Kabaale Busega today we headed to Blessed Hope, the orphanage that Sweet Sleep distributed beds to last summer. 3 of our team were of the team that brought beds to the orphanage last year. Our team went to see what the children had to say about their beds, to see how the children were doing and to have dinner with them.
The children were shouting the names of the team members that had gone on the trip-“Auntie Amanda, Auntie Peggy, & Uncle Mike”. It was great to see how the children remembered their names and the excitement in their voices were surreal. The children greeted us all with open arms.
Two of the girls I met, Cathy and Maria were so excited to show me their beds. We took off running for their dormitory and their beds were so neatly made and they have taken care of their mosquito net. It is great to hear how they have had “sweet sleep” since they received their beds. 5 different people gave their testimony after dinner of how having the beds had made a difference in their sleep and their lives. It is great to see and hear the stories of how God provided for their needs through Sweet Sleep. It is one thing to think you are making a difference, but to actually see and hear it makes all the difference in the world.
Please continue to be praying for the kids of Uganda-their health and that all their needs will be met. They have great faith and joy that amazes me. Really wish that everyone had the chance to see what Sweet Sleep team and I have seen in these 2 orphanages.
Think Psalms 1:1-3 sums it all up-Oh, the joy of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God: but they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him closely. They are like trees along a river bank, bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper.
Love ya all,