It has been about twenty years since I communicated with my little niece Becky before she died at the age of about nine. I was learning, but only spoke "broken sign language" as I watched my brother and sister-in-law masterfully sign to her. It was simply another language. So many times as I listen to the Ugandans speak their native tongue I realize how much we don't hear when we don't understand.
I find this very interesting! Through my journey of villages in Uganda, I have come across deaf children on at least three different occasions. The children that I have met are not going to school and are just left to stay in silence with maybe only the basics being met. I think that just because they can not hear, they receive no education at all. But there are schools for the deaf here. So there is hope!
When I attempt to speak to any of these children that I have come across, they are so excited and seem to realize that I know they are "in there" just waiting to come out. I believe the Lord has placed this on my heart. Let's just say there have been signs from God. I tried to phrase an account of a sign but it doesn't word well. Sometimes when the Lord speaks to me, it is not in words, but in feelings. I am not sure how He wants me to proceed with this.
Before I can take anymore children in, we need more funds. Especially a project of this nature. If we have people that have a heart for a special needs child, specifically (at this point) deafness, and the Lord wants us to do something, then I am ready. Before I came to Africa I had a feeling about the needs of developementally disabled chidren. This is an area that I have had experience and the passion. The key word here might be "special needs" and that could be someone who needs a cane to walk.
Let me know what you think, and how we can help!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Lately our family has been blessed by prayer requests. It seems that we have come to know of many challenges in people's lives through their connection of knowing or helping us. I have compiled our current prayer requests to share with you. As we focus on others we may find it comforting to know we are helping others and not being the victim. Our goal is for our children to realize that even though they may not have material possessions, parents, relatives, etc., they have the power of prayer to give to others and it doesn't cost them a thing!
Please join us in pray for:
Zak, our nine year old buddy in the USA with bone cancer.
Jessica & Paul's Wedding, Jessica is our IT Wizard, they're facing opposition!
Kimmy Fruehan, our daughter in USA, homeless, jobless, new baby, husband left.
The Bloes Family, a sponsor, lost a job.
People on the street in Oklahoma and other places throughout the world, freezing.
Paulo Splitt, putting together a missionary team for Uganda this summer
Pastor JB getting ready for his new ministry this summer in Northern Uganda.
Lauren Chavez, Rita Beach, Chris Villalobos, missionaries raising funds to do God's work.
"Dr. Sam", our Medical student, needing school fees.
Aimee Hill, a sponsor, needing prayers.
God Knows All Of Our Needs
We Just Need To Pray
Please Pray for: "The prayer List At The Door Of Hope"
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
We received a wonderful gift from God!
We have been here in Uganda for nearly a year on this trip. It is a long time to be away from our family back home. We have six grandchildren from our two daughters in the USA. Someone heard about the theft of our "return ticket money" and sent a donation so Robyn can come home for an overdue visit. Praise God, for He does provide from places we didn't know of.
This is truly a blessing to our family, thank you Jesus!
After visiting with the family for a while, and in order to get the full benefit from this trip, Robyn will be traveling to a few places to share about this ministry. If you would like to encourage and host her to come to your town and visit your church or school, please let us know to see if we can include it in the schedule.
This is all in God's plan. Proverbs 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
We received sad and tragic news early this morning. Richard was killed in a traffic accident. He was driving the motorcycle early this morning and evidently was hit from the side coming up on his rear maybe being passed by a car. We don't have all of the details yet and the location is about an hour or so away so we have not yet been there.
Richard was the eldest of his three siblings Sara, Babra and Rob who are all orphans that are in our family. We were going to celebrate his 20th birthday this month. Rob has gone with an Aunt to claim the body and arrange transport to the village of their recently discovered grandfather, to lay him to rest on the family land.
Richard had joined the family last month to get on his feet, so he could have a place to live and be our boda driver so he could have some steady income and to help us with our transportation.
We are making arrangements for our family to go for the funeral tomorrow. Transportation is always difficult and a real hardship on all of us. Burials happen very quickly here because of the lack of facilities or procedures for preserving the body.
It is so hard to understand these things, especially when things were just coming together for this family, but our faith is in God for we know He has a plan. Thank you for remembering us in your prayers!