So its Church time I had been invite to go with the Amani Family to Worship Harvest.
woke up super earlier and finished packing and cleaning my room,then made my way to the front were Lindsey, Jordan, and Paige came to pick up William, Enoch and I didn't catch her name but the dress she wore was beautiful.
The Church was right down the road (in walking distance) we arrive just as worship is starting.It was new and different yet the same and exciting I love worship its the best part of going to a gathering were all believers come together for the same reason...To Worship the King!
After worship the Pastor gets up and starts going into the message, about half way through all these Muzungu's get up in the far side of the church and start moving around. I remember looking over and thinking "that's so distracting, what are they doing?" then they all ran out the door.
the church had a lot of Muzungu's in it that day!
anyways they all leave and its back to focusing in on what he is teaching, what the Holy spirit is say through this dude and take some notes. After Church it was around 12:30 when Danyne say hey Kellie called and asked if i would take you to Calvary Chapel to meet up with your team...(yea that's why i had been packing early this mornin. The BWO team was on their way in and i was to travel with them for 2 weeks.) it was bitter sweet.
I had said to Danyne that Shalom was going to take me into Masese yesterday but we got back from Badondo really late and so he is taking me today in fact right now in 30mins or so.
then proceeded to say that I had messaged the team lead and said I would be their a little later... She said well then go and be safe.will see you soon!
after catching a ride back to Amani Shalom pulled up in his cousins van(note to self..ah never mind it was a rare opportunity) so we packed all of my stuff in the van and headed down to Masese.after picking up some lunch and stopping for gas...NO Comment!
driving into Masese the first thing i saw was the dock where the fisherman moved their boats in and out hauling in fish and going to get more. It was the Port. a little down the road was the Rock quarry that Danyne had been telling me about. it was nice.(i love rocks) it looked like people were living all around the rock quarry and some were gambling right when we pulled up. we got out and walked around a bit. then got back in the van a drove off. (if i had the money i would buy the quarry from Sergio)
Shalom was looking for an orphan ministry called H.E.L.P. they were in Masese but he didn't know where.I was there because 2 yrs ago this is where my heart felt it needed to be. so not knowing where HELP was Shalom pulled over and ran to talk to some guys. then comes back and says this guy is going to take us there.
so we follow a boda driver down the road around a corner and up a hill to a ministry alright, but looking at it i said this isn't the place your looking for...the Sign with small lettering was a dead give-a-way that this for sure wasn't the place! but Shalom said well maybe they can help us. lets go in and see.
The gate guard didn't say much but he let us in..in fact he didn't say anything and come to think of it now I guess he just saw a Muzungu and figured it was OK, what ever the reason it doesn't matter.i remember feeling a bit hesitant to go in. i mean we didn't know who was behind this wall.I guessed i kind expected to see a pair of 90 year old white missionaries who have been here for 40yrs or something like that.
we hopped out of the van to find a bunch of people on the porch all looking to be elderly i could be wrong though. a young woman by the name of Chelsea came out to meet us. she asked how can i help you 2?
Shalom being the native and the only one who has heard of HELP I let him speak to her. she had said she never heard of it.but she made a few phone calls to see if she could help us. i believe she even called Renee the founder of this place and she had never heard of it.
Chelsea walked in and out of the house looking for people to call or something that would help us. She said she had been left her to watch over 2 little boys in their ICU room and continued to help Shalom.after what seem to be an hour maybe a little less.more like 30mins. and discovering that Shalom's phone is dead mine doesn't work here and well there was really no one to help us find this elusive place.
at some point during the searching Chelsea had said that the people she was with,they were all at church this morning but had to get up and leave early because one of here team members was very ill and need to go to Kampala so they left and headed there while 1st dropping her off at home.
this sounded kinda...then shalom said oh what church do you go to? she replied and said it was my first time but I think its called Worship Harvest.....(really!lol oh man now i feel kinda bad for the thoughts i had earlier and really God? you would bring us here!)
I had thought the reason why I am standing here is because God wants us to be here and not there. So Shalom was like well lets keep on going as she said sorry but i don't know how else to help.I 've only been here for a week...(that's funny i thought me too)
shalom telling her its cool and not to worry turned to walk to the car.
So tell me please what is this place? what do y'all do here? Chelsea said sure I'd love to tell you about this amazing place!
she said it was a rehab,what kind of a rehab? its a malnutrition rehab for infants, babies and children
Chelsea showed me around the backside of the building were the mommas were washing cloths. and some kids were running around. she explain what the mommas did here and led me inside to what looked like the kitchen area.then pointed down a hall and said all of our babies are right down there,but here in this room is why I am here to watch over these to sweet boys both are on Oxygen she said the one on the left is doing better but still needs help and this one on the right is trying to recover from Cardiac arrest. both need help!
as i walked out I began to write down what she had said, she then led us into the living room where all over the walls where pictures of little ones.I ask so tell me about these kids? who are they?
she said all of these kids have stayed with Serving His Children over the years. every double picture you see are the before and after pictures of these kids.when they leave they are happy and healthy fat kids.their guardian who brings them here get educated on how to feed and take care of their kids.
how Posho has no nutritional value and how babies need more then just a filler.
The LORD God changes hearts in and through this program ever day.
|i had permission to take the photo but im not sure about posting it here...YOLO|
i asked about the single pictures. and she replied with the singles are pictures of kids who went to be with the LORD... as i looked around the room the before and afters far out weighed the singles.and this ministry is doing an excellent job of caring for and loving on His kids. Chelsea also said that its very rare for the same child to come back... the success rate of this place is amazing! so in the end all i knew all I could do is pray for them. so I prayed for Chelsea and the start of her journey with Jesus in this Place,prayed for the kids and the 2 in ICU.for the team in Kampala and over Renee and the ministry here then we had left. Shalom really want to find this place just keep looking but I noticed that a storm was blowing in and that we didn't have enough gas to be gallivanting around. He started to head down the wrong road.I said the way out is back that way..he laughed and said yea but all these roads have to lead out...nope! dead end with many many eyes staring at us like who are you and what are you doing here.
Shalom realized that he made a mistake and tired to get out quickly.he drove the way we came and we made it back out to the main road. we i suggested that we go back to town, He insisted that we go further in.I said Shalom if we were to get stuck here. this could get ugly fast.our windows are not tinted,and I am like the only white kid in south central or Compton...he says whats Compton?(a very hard and bad place for white boys like me)( Now I don't care if some takes all my stuff but that day everything we had in the van belonged on the other side of Uganda for some kids over there.) again knowing that we were on E that we should turn around.we drove around the corner to a dead end and turned back around then headed to find another way in when I said Shalom we need to go. He said oh Sam don't worry God will protect us!(yea no doubt He can and would)(I've personally seen the hand of God protect me through all these years.) but out of my mouth came the bible also says Do not put the LORD your God to the test.
oh... he said...OK lets go back then... driving back in it began to rain, by the time we got into town we were on super E.so we pulled into a gas station i put what i had in the tank.it wasn't much but the we headed for the hotel when the rain turned into a trenchual down pour so much water falling out of the sky it was craziness! he pulled over and we ate are cold lunches then when it had cleared we made our way to the Hotel Paradise where my team was supposed to be at.
when we got there 3 large buses pulled in behind us and that was them.
while it started to rain again we pulled out all of my bags and put them under a covered parking lot. many members of the team I knew they all were shocked that i was standing their since they didn't see me travel with them we said our greetings,meet new people and had a few Ladies make comments about the stuffed animal i had been carrying around this whole trip.(haha yea i didn't share that part yet)but now you know! I traveled from my friends house to VA-London-Uganda carrying a plush stuffed dog! it made a great pillow in the airports and the idea behind it was when and if we ran into just 1 little kid in pain or hurting, sick of whatever i was gonna give it to him or her...
at dinner i sat down to 2 guys i didn't know and my friend Joseph from Fort Worth,Texas.
figured sit with someone new instead of someone you knew.anyways so the first guy i start to talk to is a dentist from USA here to find a ministry that he and his wife had been sponsoring for years he says they work with malnourished kids in the area.the next thing that came out of his mouth shocked me. he said the name of it was Serving His Children! WHAT I said NO way! that's so crazy i was just there like a few hours ago. he got happy and started asking question that i didn't know the answer to. so i had shared with him what i saw there.
we swapped more stories and i got to know a little bit about the other dude to.he also way a doctor.
that night i really felt the impression to start praying for these 2 little boys. of who i didn't get there names.
Musia and Musazi
(I had been debating on weather or not i should just finish this story or mention it throughout the trip).
during that first week as a corporate group we had gotten together a few times apart from or meetings ,times to gather and worship the King and pray for whatever. in a couple of those time i had mention to the Group the 2 little boys so we prayed over them.
I got an impression to invite the small group of people who was praying for me on this trip to invite them to pray for the boys as well. in fact stop praying for me and start praying for them.
every where we went I invited people i didn't know that well to lift up 2 little boys in prayer that God would heal and restore them. all over Jinja and into Masaka people prayed for 2 little boy they may never see until we get to heaven.
but it still amazes me that complete stranger would say yes and join in. at some point i got an idea of i know at least 500 people on FB and 450 of them are saved.so i sent out a mass group message and after a ton of them started leaving i to left the group and abandon the thought that everyone in the world need to pray for these kids and just go after it on my knees with everything i had. its not the amount of people perhaps,its weather or not its in his plan to save these little boys.
before we left for Masaka and friend of mine said that all the doctors were going to SHC on the free day and that she would get the names and an update on the 2 children.for some reason i thought that 1of the 2 was a girl.but when her report came back that night it was 2 boys, one was Musia and the other Musazi.
now Musia was the one who was getting better or the 2, Jen had said that he was off oxygen and was put in a normal room.but he lost one of his arms.the infection he had was so bad that the doctor had no choice but to amputate it to keep the infection from spreading. Praise God i said at least he is living you know. sure he lost an arm but God still came through.
as for Musazi he got worse. he had severe Pneumonia and the doctors were expecting his heart to fail.they expected him do die....
when i heard this it didn't sit well with me. immediately rejected it i could not agree with that and that when the pray got more intense.
In Texas at our church we have a service called Habitation,and in it we here about people all the time getting bad reports from doctor who say their not gonna make it much long or the cancer is to big we can't do anything and other things great and small.but then getting the reports back from after we prayed and God did what only He can do, they come back and say the doctors couldn't find anything wrong!
and last year when God healed James in Masaka from all the disease he had!!!
nope I won't accept that idea that this kids heart is just going to give out and stop working!
we went to churches and other places were believer gather and prayed. it wasn't until maybe 3days before the team left that i got an idea to email Renee and see how he was doing. so i tried and the as soon as i hit send the wifi/Internet went out... we found out the next day it was the whole east side of the country.that next day wifi back up so i tried and again.and BAM the power goes out...come on then goes out in all of Masaka....really????
next day it comes back on but guess what my phone will not send out emails....so after trying and trying my friend Jen said we could use her computer. and we did....that next morning i got an email from Renee that read :
Yes I was informed of your visit to our center.I am sorry that I missed you...But thank you so much for coming, and for joining us in prayer for all the little ones that are here!
Musazi is doing MUCH better! Yes, he was in cardiac failure at the time. As well as having Pneumonia. He was is rough shape and we were very concerned about what the end result might be there for a while. but God is the Ultimate Healing and he is doing so well now! He is off oxygen and has moved back into a normal room. We are praying for continual healing, but God has already shown Himself faithful in the life of that little boy!
we are so glad you stumbled upon our ministry! Thank You so much for praying with and for us! Thankful,So thankful
Founder and Director
I cant really express with the fullness of what or how it felt to read those words. I jumped,leaped, danced ,shouted for joy and hooted with everything Praising Jehovah Rapha God our Healer!
other couldn't figure it out until i shared with them the email stating that We prayed and our God heard our cries.I am thankful so thankful to be apart of this little boys life war for him through prayers
Prayer works! it always has and it will continue to do so. Because we serve a God who cares,who is a loving Father who hears our cries,pleas and petitions,He is concerned of our well being and of every detail of our lives weather we choose to believe it or not.
the bible says :
I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And Heard my cry. Psalm 40:1
I cried out to God with my voice- to God with my voice, And he gave ear to me. Psalm 77:1
I Love the LORD, Because He Heard my voice and supplications. Because He has Inclined His ear to me,Therefore i will call upon Him as long as I live Psalm 116:1
also the Bible tells us to keep Asking, Seeking and knocking read Matt 7:7-12
Thank You Jesus!
Serving His Children really is a great Minisrty I'd encourage you to check them out