Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I Want You to Meet Rainbow Mike
With Mike's permission I am going to explain a little bit more of the ministry we are involved in and supporting. Rainbow Mike is Acholi (a people group in Uganda) and came to Karamoja to flee from the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army). After coming here his heart grew for the kids that were living on the street. (There is a lot more detail but I am going to try to keep it simple).
Fast forward to the present. Rainbow Mike's heart has grown to not only help the orphaned street kids but also help widows, elderly and the disabled. Because of his obedience there are now 40 kids that are getting an education. Hungry helpless mouths are being fed, and medical care is being given. Jesus' love is illuminating through him and the ministry he started.
Currently the Children's home is not up to district standards, but with the help of a couple generous donations the Children's home is set to be complete in about 2 weeks. What does this mean? It means that 10-20 kids off the street can have a bed to sleep in. It means they will no longer have to eat rotten food they can gather from the market. It means they will have safety from the horrors that happen to them at night. It also means that the 40 sponsored children within the ministry that are at boarding school will have somewhere to go during their school break.
We are very excited about the completion of the home, and we ask that you would pray that it would happen soon so that these kids can get off the street. We ask that you would pray that we could continue to get more funds in order to add a girls dorm. (In the mean time the girls will be staying on our property in our additional housing.) Pray that we could get enough funds to build huts for some of the widowed, displaced, disabled, and elderly woman that are being supported through the ministry. Right now a place is being rented for them in town through the ministry, but it would be more ideal for them to be within the compound.
It has been a true blessing being here and working along side Rainbow Mike. He has an amazing heart. We have had to pleasure to have him and his family (and some of the sponsored kids) staying with us until the construction of the Children's home is complete. This has been a great time for us to learn about community living and we have gotten to know some of the kids in the ministry more. Not to mention we can practice the language with them.
Our goal has and is going to be in supporting Rainbow Mike in whatever we can. Our family has found ourselves helping more on the Children's home/orphan side (shocking I know)and we feel God leading us to spend more of our time focusing on this part of the ministry. Right now that means getting administrative things done, construction of the Children's home, helping with the sponsorship program, and building relationships with the sponsored and street kids.
Here is the work in progress:
Thanks for listening. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. We are going to have a little bit of everything. Liberian food (fried Okra), Ugandan food (G-nut paste with greens), and American food (mashed potatoes....I know that is all we could get, but we will enjoy them!)