Driving back into Kampala after a 15 hour drive from Gulu was an experience. It was after dark and one van was without lights due to previous mechanical difficulties. The traffic was bumper to bumper for several hours. As we waited, several small children came to our window of the van begging. One of the children could not even reach the window and appeared no older than 3-4 years old. The following day we drove to My People’s Children’s Home, where many of the children like we saw that night have been taken off the street and provided love and shelter.
As we drove up, we were greeted with singing and dancing. We were
shown the two buildings that Samaritan’s Purse built for dormitories for
65 children. The school building can only be described by a Texan as a
rustic stable. The church, or common area, is a large tent. Inside
each of the two buildings designed as dorms was an area approximately
25′ X 25′ that is the sleeping area for the approximate 65 children.
One for the boys and one for girls. Currently, there are two mattresses
for the girls and three mattresses for the boys. Everyone pretty much
sleeps on the floor. The girls 16 years of age or older live in a
We were taken to an area under several trees that they called their
Prayer Altar. Pastor Grace told us how thankful he was for Sweet Sleep,
and how our coming was an answer to their prayers. Pastor Grace shared
his vision and be able to provide them a place for love and shelter.
What a wonderful day it was, spending time with these children
playing and singing. The children were so happy and excited to have us
there. I met Very, who was 9 and spoke very good English. Very
introduced me to her friends, Betty, Emma, Billy, Jackie, Rose, Paul,
and many others. We played variations of jump rope with corn stalks
The important thing for me today was not only spending
time with these beautiful children but realizing God truly sent our
team to answer someone’s prayer. My Children’s Home staff members have
been praying for these children and are committed to providing them
love. Several times, Pastor Grace stated, “We have been praying for
you and you are an answer to our prayers.”
Uganda is a beautiful
country with generous loving people. Inspite of what they have been
through in the past or currently suffering, they remain full of hope in
God and trust him completely. I’ve said from the beginning that God
was sending our team to Uganda in answer to someone’s prayers. I found
out who many of them were today.