It is very exciting when friends and family come to Uganda. Part of the excitement is because we love to be around our friends and family that we love. But, mostly for me, it is excitement because I love to see my family and friends catch the vision. When you love something so much that is from the Lord, it is natural to want loved ones to experience it. The vision is from the Lord. Today, in Masese, I got to see my brother, Ken, and his brother in law, Gary, catch the love and vision of Uganda.
We drove around to several places that I am involved with. They got to experience the love of Amani Baby Cottage, the love of the Crisis Pregnancy Center and the love of Masese! That is a pretty full day in Jinja! The majority of the families that live in Masese are single parent families. Masese is one of the largest slum areas in Jinja. I had to change the weekly Bible study in Masese from Monday to Tuesday this week, but the importance of just "showing up" each week is critical. One of the ladies in the village reminded me of that today.
Today, I shared my story a little more with them. Each week, I share more and more and each week, our friendship strengthens. At the end of the lesson, I asked if there were any questions and one lady spoke up and asked, "How long are you going to be coming each week?" Behind my sunglasses I could hide the fact that her question hit me like a big mack truck with tears that welled up. You see, in Masese, the 300 plus ladies and children that were present to hear about Jesus today, have not experienced consistency. They have experienced hopelessness, abandonment and people quitting on them over and over. And so......the question brought pain to my heart.