Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I noticed the other day that the last of the curtains had been hung in the houses but my American mind stopped in disbelief. Those mothers hung the curtains "backwards" (facing outward not toward the inside of the house)! "I can't believe they hung the . . ." I stopped my thought, wait a minute, who says the curtain has to be hung where you can see the beauty of it from the inside. Why not hang so everyone on the outside looking in can enjoy the beauty? I had to remind myself that these women live most of their lives outside. With Uganda being a tropical country, Ugandans do not need big houses. They cook and visit outside. The bathrooms are even outside. So from the outside looking in, the visitors will be able to enjoy the beauty of curtains even if they do not go inside.
Who says you have to have your curtains facing the inside?
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
As he told the story, Caralina and others made sure each person got a vitamin that morning.
When the story was finished, Mark asked Solomon, one of the older boys, to open the trunk of the van to reveal the boxes.
That afternoon we all enjoyed unloading the boxes into one of the offices for storage.
We want to thank SBEC (especially the 7th Grade class), Northwest Health Products, NICS, World Help and Liberty University, along with many others who prayed and took part in sending a ton of vitamins to Good Shepherd's Fold in Uganda! God used many instruments to orchestrate a beautiful miracle.
We are now giving daily vitamins to over 300 students at the GSF school, more than 30 GSF teens, special needs kids and toddlers, as well as sharing with other ministries in this area. To God be the Glory!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
As we all left the van, Mark stayed behind to make sure everything was secure. He then remembered that he had noticed earlier in the day that the lock on one of the windows was missing. He stood by the window trying to figure out what to do when he decided to pray. He said, "God, you got these vitamins all the way here, You don't need a lock to keep these vitamins safe. Please keep them safe."
When he stopped praying, he looked down to see a small wire laying between his feet. He promptly took the wire and fixed it in the window to lock it. We serve an incredible God!
We woke up early the next morning to get to Sunday school at GSF so we could share with the kids what God had done. Stay tuned for more pictures!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
A few weeks ago we posted a developing story about A Few Vitamins. Now we are “at liberty” to tell you more of the story. In February, the whole lot of vitamins was shipped from Southaven, MS to Forest, VA at the offices of World Help. The shipping was donated by a source unknown to us. God provides again!
World Help is leading a large group of young people from Liberty University (our alma mater!) on a Spring Break mission trip to Uganda this month. Though they aren’t coming to visit GSF, World Help committed to bring most, possibly all, of the vitamins to us since there are more than 40 young adults on this team. Hand carrying items into Uganda is by far the best way to get things here, so the Lord provided the small army of people it takes to carry a ton of vitamins (about 40 pounds per person).
Yesterday, the students packed all of the extra luggage for the trip and it will all be weighed tomorrow to make sure they are within the airline weight restrictions. The team flies to Uganda on Friday and we will meet them soon after they arrive on Saturday to pick up the vitamins. Since there are literally more than we can use here at GSF, we are giving 1,000 bottles of the vitamins to the team to give to the other orphanages and ministries they are visiting in Uganda. This was not only practical, but a way of saying “thank you” for delivering this cargo to us.
Stay tuned for the completion of the story!