Merry Christmas to all of our friends around the world!
Our children's home in Uganda is celebrating their first Christmas. They have grown to seven in number now. They received some Christmas gifts that we were able to come up with. It is really some basic items like underclothes that they desperately needed and just a few personal items, and they were able to get a dress as well. They went to church this morning to celebrate Christmas together. We also have a boy that is waiting desperately to join us when we have a boys home available. He is able to spend some time with the girls for fellowship during the day right now. We have been giving some assistance to him in the meantime because he is in such a desperate situation. When we spoke with our Program Director this morning, he told us; "The children seem to be gaining some weight and are looking good." He also told us how the children are most grateful for everything the ministry has been able to do for them thus far. Right now they are in temporary quarters that are serving the purpose for housing and they have food, and we Praise the Lord for that.
The Lord Will Provide! We believe this more and more everyday. How we have been able to have enough money to send to help these children in Uganda month after month is beyond me! We did just have an occurrence of a dangerous situation, which reminds of us of the reality of the situation the country of Uganda is in. Our Program Director was robbed at gun point along with fellow passengers in a taxi. They were stripped of their clothing and their possessions. He had just picked up funding for several of our projects. This included funding for the girls home, the crusade for 42 youth members of YCMC, and Pastors Gerald & Betty's children's home. This amounted to $400.00 US dollars. So when we say the Lord will Provide, we know what He has to do; in this case it needs to be provided twice!
We need to pray for the bandits and love them as we are told to do in Matthew 5:43-48. 43"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.' 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[b] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
It is not always easy to have faith, but it is in times like this that we are put to the test. Do we really believe or is it just some nice words? We believe He Will Provide!
May God place His blessings on us all on this special day, and let us remember to give Him thanks and praise!