Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ahhh...Pictures at last!

All the mamas at Amani with their care/gift packages


Lacey and kids at Danida Village


Some of the children at Danida Village displaying their new gifts

Lacey getting a kiss from sweet little Weiss

Rub a Dub Dub...Christopher hates the tub


Ayub, Miriam, and Baby girl with all their new gifts!


Giving a gift of food to some children in an alley


Mommy and Katie at the Dr. appt.


Christopher and friends having "potty time"


Christopher in his favorite spot with Mommy

This morning while I was walking, I saw Mama Gladys and Mama Edith--they had finished their shift at Amani and were walking home. They immediately asked where Lacey was. I told them she went back to America, and they asked if it was because she had to return to school. I told them no, she had to return to her husband and children. They gasped and looked astonished. They said, "we thought she was just a girl...she has a husband??!" Then they said, "well, isn't the maid taking care of the children?" I was giggling inside, but said no, we don't have maids to take care of our children. The mamas again gasped and looked shocked. I told them it is not common like here in Africa and that it costs a lot of money. They told me that they would gladly come be our maids and that we can pay them whatever we want! It was a fun conversation which somehow led us to talk about rainy season here. I reminded them of when Lacey and I got caught in the downpour last week. Mama Gladys then said, "Did you fear the rain?" I said, "No, why?" She said that everyone fears the rain here. This is the second time we have heard this. Supposedly when it rains, everyone goes to bed!

Lacey everyone is missing you...Patrick at internet cafe asked about you and said that I must be really sad now, Fred our piki driver was disappointed that he didn't get to say goodbye to you...then I had to check back into the hotel last night, and guess what room I got? When they brought my bags into my room, I asked what bugs were on the walls and they told me it was just lakeflies....then he said, "if you fear them, I can have someone come and spray for you!" Lacey I about cracked up laughing and I immediately thought back to our previous fumigation!

This morning, I was reflecting on a couple verses in Isaiah 26. Verses 3 and 4 say, "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal." Then in verse 8 it says, "Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts." I have complete peace this morning. I know I am not alone in Africa...I have my Lord right here by my side. It is the desire of my heart to have the name of Jesus be made known across the world. If that means staying here for another couple weeks so God can accomplish His purposes, then it is well with my soul. I am so encouraged that I have an eternal God to trust, a firm Rock to stand on, a God who will direct my steps.

Oh Lord, I pray that You bring the lost unto You. I want them to experience the grace, peace, and joy that you lavish upon your children. I want this world filled with people who are sold out to the one true God. May your will be done. Amen.

Jaden, Kellen, and Sage--I love you all the way to the sky and back and around the world a million times. I am praying for you. I am so excited to be together as a family soon! You will have so much fun meeting your brother and sister, and they can't wait to play with you! Hugs and kisses xxxooooo Love, Mommy

3 comments:

The Carr Clan said...

Thank you for all the pictures and the mind pictures of life there in Africa! I am so praying for Katie and Christopher and you. What a blessed Easter you will have.
xoxo Nikki

Jireh Ministries Foundation, Inc said...

Hi Jenny,
I am so happy to hear that you read the verses about the Lord being with you. I have been praying for exactly that and trying to figure away to say that to you that would actually be comforting. Instead of "yea right easy for you to say", which might be my first response if someone told me that, and I was lonely. It is just not the same as it is to the one experiencing the situation. I wanted you to feel Him at your side as you go throughout the day.
It is comforting to me to know you know Him and you know He is at your side,and when it really gets tough, He is holding you in His arms!
I love you, Dad

Nadine said...

Hi Jenny,

I'm praying so hard you all of you and the health of little Katie. I can only imagine the pain in her little body and the weakness from anemia. I pray she will be able to drink more and more clean water..so vital for her blood cells to round up and stop hemolyzing. It's good to hear she is finally on the right antibiotic.
I'm sorry you are getting conflicting information.
If you need a specialist in Uganda there is sickle cell clinic in Kampala. Professor Ndugwa is an expert and very good. His telephone number is 0752656018. He helped us a lot with Kenny.
I pray the Lord wraps his arms and guardian angels around you all, protects and heals little Katie.
Your love and strenght is amazing!
I thank God, He is with you guiding every step.

In prayer and love, Nadine