Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hussein

When I first met him 8 years ago, I noticed his little finger and that he always wore a cap. He was severely burned in a fire and the skin between his finger and his arm fused together. Because he is in our sponsorship program, several years ago we were able to get him the surgery he needed. Now he can not only use his hand properly, but he is thriving in school. When you sponsor one of these children, you literally change their lives. Thank you. Thank you for investing in them.

Also, why does he look so grown?

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Kasoma

In his class, the students sit two to a desk. but today one seat was empty. We are grieving the devastating loss of Kasoma (in orange). He was abandoned in our village many years ago and has become family to us. To everyone. When I first met him 7 years ago (2nd picture), I asked him a few questions I could share with a potential sponsor. Back then he wanted to be a driver when he grew up.

But that was 7 years ago. So much has changed since then. Kasoma has learned math and science and social studies but, more importantly, he's learned about Jesus. He had just started P7, the last class in primary school and the last class our school teaches. Being abandoned, the opportunity to attend school was not even something he hoped for. But that's where the work Ekubo does makes a difference. We refused to let that be his story. He was so excited about school and he applied himself and excelled.

When I interviewed him 7 years ago, I didn't know what the future held. But I've watched him go from a lonely, reserved boy to a beloved, bold teenager. That change is Jesus. He gets all the glory!

And while being a driver is very important work, it was no longer his dream. The last time I talked to him, I asked him what he wanted to do when he finishes school and he simply said, "What Mr. George does." As I got the news today, those words flooded my head and I lost it. He could do anything and be anyone but he wanted to do what my husband does, which is to bring Christ to others through things like education for the children we serve and medical care for the families.

We are grieving with hope that Kasoma is in the presence of our Savior. He did not leave this earth as an abandoned little boy but as a son of the one true King.

Would you pray with us for his families - both the one who accepted him into their home and also the one who abandoned him? This world is full of broken people and we all need Jesus. Also pray for our school full of students who loved him. We are truly a tight community and we feel this loss so deeply.


7 years ago...

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

little brother

When I stepped foot in our village for the first time 8 years ago, this boy wasn't even born yet. His older brother was his age and there have been siblings in between. But I see them in his face. In the way he stands. In the way he walks. His older brother just started his last year at our school. It blows my mind how blessed we are to be able to watch God transform lives - some seemingly overnight and some so gradually that you forget 8 years has passed. Never doubt the power of of your yes.


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Saturday, February 3, 2018

oils + sharing the Gospel

He grabbed his empty bottle and took a boda 8 miles to the paved road. From there, he got in a taxi and rode the rest of the two-hour trip. He's a pastor and came to our home for a meeting but before he left he asked if I could refill his bottle. RC is for respiratory support, among other things, and he sure needed it after all the miles he travels on the dry, dusty roads as he shares the Gospel.

When you get your kit through our link, you join our team, making it possible for us to get oils into hands like his. A portion of the percentage you save by being a wholesale member is then given to us as commission to support our family here in Uganda and to reinvest into more oils. It costs you nothing but blesses us immensely. We are thankful for all of you who have joined us thus far and are excited for what 2018 will bring!

Friday, February 2, 2018

we just go because He's called us

I remember the very first time I traveled down this road. I had gone to Uganda to see if God would show me why I felt He was calling me there. That was 8 years ago. He has shown me so much about myself. About His people. But, more importantly, about Himself. I had no idea what I'd signed up for. Nobody does, really. We just go. We just go because He has called us.

This journey couldn't be more different than how I pictured my life going. What happened to me 8 years ago was never about "asking Jesus into my heart." It was about total surrender. Putting myself on the altar and saying to Him, "Here I am. Use me." And that, friends, will flip your life upside down.


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