Wow! We hit the ground running. The first day in Uganda, we visited a slum area called Masese. We pulled up in our van and saw more filth, trash, and sickly, dirty, impoverished children than I could have imagined. Many children had no underwear on, none of them had shoes and they had sores, bloated tummies, torn clothes yet they smiled and crowed around us as if we were celebrities.
I don't have enough hands, arms, or body to give them all the love they needed and yearned for. We all had children in our arms and had them hanging onto our legs and hands. I was more overwhelmed than I have ever been in my life. I didn't cry(which I fought as hard as I've ever fought) because I knew these babies just wanted love and so desperately needed all I had and then some.
Every member of my team jumped right in and was holding, loving and playing with the children. We gathered around in a large circle with the two hundred plus children and played games and sang. Shortly thereafter, Tina asked me to join her and a local pastor to minister to the 70-80 women. They sat under the trees and listened to Tina talk to them about encouraging each other. She asked them to start memorizing scripture, all the while the local pastor interpreted all she said.
She introduced me to the women and told them we were coming back on Friday and I would be teaching them on healing. She then asked me to pray. I have never prayed while having someone interpret. We had arrived at 3am and bed at 4am after traveling 26 plus hours and here I stood in a slum in a village just 8 hours later praying for these Ugandan women and singing and dancing to the Lord.
I have gotten a glimpse of what it's like to be loved and adored...without conditions...no matter what I've done nor who I am...these children just plain and simple......love......with an absolute kinda love. Soooo cool to get such a tangible sense of Gods love toward us through the free loving of an impoverished child. They are teaching me everyday how to love my Father's way.