(How are you?)
Some very exciting things have been happening over here at Amani! A couple of weeks ago, in just under 24 hours, Amani received FOUR beautiful additions:
- Twins, Nakato (girl) and Waswa (boy), 3 days old
- Baby Tony, 1 week old (boy)
- Baby Amisi, 2 weeks old (boy)
Amani hadn’t had a new baby since December 2017, so everyone was absolutely thrilled about the arrival of these precious little ones.
And then just a few days ago, we got a call about another baby whose mother had sadly died in childbirth. Little one-day old Fred came to join us, making a grand total of five babies in less than one month.
All of these babies are currently unable to be cared for by their families. I love that Amani gets the privilege of stepping in to help provide for them not just physically, but spiritually and emotionally. For however long they are here, the babies will be raised and cared for by kind, loving mamas. They are in a safe place, a place of belonging, “a place of peace”. (Amani means peace in Swahili.) Most importantly, the children at Amani experience the love of Christ and hear the Good News. Even though all of our Amani children are still young, seeds can be planted in their tender hearts. So, not only do we nourish their bodies, but we do our best to nourish their souls. Their bellies will always be full here, but hopefully their hearts will be fuller.
These children are not accidents, despite what the world may say. Each of them are seen, loved, and known by a loving Heavenly Father. He has a purpose and a plan for each of their lives. It is one of my greatest prayers that one day they will come to know and have a personal relationship with Him.
“For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.”
Also, the babies are absolutely adorable, and I love snuggling them ANY chance I get. I mean, wouldn’t you? JUST LOOK AT THEM.
(Or at least that I find amusing.)
1. Uganda has some great ways to display their clothing goods. I think the US needs to catch on.
2. Hey there, little alien boy mannequin.
3. I got a kick out of this Walmart that is definitely not a Walmart. But it is a great grocery store! They sell Snickers Bars.
4. I saw this meme/quote (I’m not exactly sure what it’s called) online, and it made me laugh out loud. It sums up life in Africa so accurately.
Expectation Photo (ft. Snapchat Filter) vs. Sad Reality 😉
5. Okay, so I’m admittedly choosing to find humor in this. One morning, I woke up and found a pleasant surprise in my kitchen sink: this lovely cockroach. I sprayed it and sprayed it and sprayed it, until there was no possible way it could still be alive. And then I sprayed it some more. After I was assured that it would not resurrect from the dead, I proceeded to calmly pick it up and throw it in the trash. Afterwards, I silently congratulated myself on how I handled the whole situation…only to look on the ground and see roach after roach scattered across the floor. There were seven roaches total. SEVEN. And those were just the ones we could see. Thus, began the GREAT ROACH WAR. Thankfully, we are currently winning the war. And thank the Good Lord for Raid.
And that’s all for now!
Until Next Time,
p.s. Some cute photos for your viewing pleasure. 🙂