hey! Thank you so much. I actually know this family personally and was over there with them for a few weeks in April. I’m super curious about your ministry there, are you with family? what kind of ministry is it ?
Kisa is home and healing up, thank God.
but Shanon has cerebral malaria and is on life support in the ICU. please keep him in your prayers.
My host and friend, Emmanuel Kisa, was in a serious car accident and is in the hospital right now. His wife, Efrance, is now at the orphanage without him, and JaJa has just recently passed away. It’s just so, so sad. I feel so useless.
one of the matrons at the orphange, JaJa (sounds like Dada), which means grandmom, passed away from liver failure. It’s so hard to believe, and really sudden. I feel so, so bad for the kids, to lose someone who meant so much to them. She was at the orphanage around the clock. this is so, so sad.
they are in urgent need of money again at the orphanage, just to buy some food. i think that Kisa is also still trying to get enough money to pay off the debt of the childrens’ school fees. As of May 29th, he still needed $1,900 more. He initially started with a debt of around $3,000 just concerning school fees…but, meanwhile, he needs to feed 30+ children, himself and his wife, pay rent…
i miss them SO much, and i just cried today thinking about how much i want to see them and be there with them….love them, help them. i have a big desire to be hands on with people that i love, but the truth is that God is their Provider, their Father, their Shepherd…He is in control, He is sovereign, He is in control, He is their Savior and He loves them perfectly and beyond any extent that i could ever try to reach.
It’s definitely a lesson in trusting God, hoping things for them. ” Love hopes all things…” and their situation is full of hope, because they have a God Who loves them, Who cares about them, Who sees them.
I think i also really need to learn about prayer, because i don’t think i really, truly believe or understand that it is so, so important…
So, again, THEY NEED MONEY TO FEED THE KIDS, right now…. if you feel led to give, you can through paypal to my e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org …. if you want to do it through moneygram, or something like that, e-mail me and i can give you the information for that.
the kids so,so,so much. i was just crying at my screensaver of pictures from the trip. i hate how far away they are.
if Kisa doesn’t get all the money, in less than a week, to pay off the debt of for the kids’ school fees, he’ll have to go to jail for who knows how long.
he needed about $2,800 and people have already donated around $450, but there is obviously still a lot that is needed.
if you’re interested in helping, message me!
and while it’s very nice, i can tell it’s going to be a hard transition…and i never, ever want to go back to how i was. i hope to be actively helping to support and provide support for the orphanage for a long, long time.
now that i’ve left, the police have detained Kisa for not paying school fees, and he has court tomorrow. i’ll be praying so much for that, and i hope you will, too.
a lot of the kids are sick, and now Efrance is home there without Kisa…
it’s so hard to not be able to just fix everything, but like i was thinking about a lot when i was there, so much just goes back to the fact that we HAVE to trust God and remember Who He is in relation to our situations and how much bigger He is then things that seem so huge and difficult to us.
please pray for the kids, for Kisa and Efrance, and if you feel led to give that would be AMAZING, because the NEED IS SO, SO URGENT.
you can give through my paypal: email@example.com
this will be my last night at the orphanage. i’m feeling a lot of emotions, it’s so weird to be leaving and i don’t know if it’s totally hit me yet. i’m looking forward to things at home, but i’m so sad to leave these people that i love here.
thank you so much again for all of your support towards me and for the kids here. God bless you for your giving.
please pray for the kids as i leave. i know they’ll be totally fine, but i feel bad to know that they’ll even be a little bit upset to see me go. i hate thinking about them being sad over it, but i know that’s just how it is. i’m so grateful for the opportunity to have been here and even met the kids and Kisa and Efronce, their familes…just everyone that i’ve met.
i plan on staying connected with this place for a very long time, so i’m excited to be able to try and support them even from the States.
i feel like i’m not very coherent right now, so i’m going to go. i’m sure i’ll keep updating the blog even when i’m home, still a lot to think about and process. i want to have all of my entries and i’ll keep adding pictures. hopefully i’ll continue adding information about the orphanage and ways you can help, updates, etc.
thanks so much for keeping up with me while i’ve been here :)
i was not feeling well again in the morning, lightheaded and stuffy nose, tired. but i took some medicine and relaxed. later i took about a billion videos of the kids, they absolutely love watching themselves and then in the evening i went out to eat with Kisa and Efronce at a restaurant overlooking Lake Victoria…We had so much fun and when we were leaving, Kisa said ” we shall miss you so much ” and i almost started crying because i just can’t believe that i’m going to be gone soon.
i’m going to miss the kids and Kisa and Efronce and everyone. i’ll miss Uganda…it’s so beautiful and the people here are so beautiful.
i’ve been thinking a lot about how God is just as present and active in Uganda, in any place in the world, because even though i know and believe that in my head, it was interesting to actually BE somewhere else in the world and look for and find God in a totally different world, different culture, different people, different language, different church.
i was also thinking about loving the kids, and about how love ” hopes all things ” and that i want to get really good at loving the kids in that way…of thanking God for saving them from abuse, neglect, disease, and death and trusting that He is still pursuing them, desiring good things for them, protecting them, caring for them, present with them, and loving them more than i could ever imagine.