Oh what a day!! We finally got to go to Covenant School today to be reunited with our precious IChooseYou kiddos for the first time! Ted finally got to see his sweet Joyce.......his IChooseYou girl whome he loves VERY much, whom he has not seen in 2 years! What an emotional moment when they got their first hug together......(first of many, I'm sure!) Ted was in Heaven!! Let's just say that smile never left Papa Ted's face all afternoon!
- I was disappointed that my little Mudua Irene was not there at school today as she was home sick. :( I am praying that I will get to see her at school tomorrow.
- Emily & Dustin - I saw Faizo and got his picture! I told his grandma about you.
- Josie - I gave Goret that big hug you asked me to deliver and I told her mother how much you love her!
After that we went on over to the rented room (next door to Mama Aidah's house) where the IChooseYou mom's sewing club now resides. I cannot find the words to describe this reunion moment!!! Darby is quite famous here and as soon as she walked up, all of the ladies jumped up and started dancing and singing and hugging her! I mean how do you spell their squeal sound they make......you know, the Africa "lilililililililililili" sound that the women make when they are excited? (Those of you who have been to Africa know what I am referring to!)......yes, that sound! I have never seen such excitement and happiness. They still have their class going, the ladies are still sewing and learning new sewing skills. We were also pleasantly surprised to find a new group of IChooseYou moms, sitting in the grass outside of the sewing classroom having their own little bead-making class and door-mat making class, lead by Jennifer, a brand new IChooseYou mom who speaks English very well! For those moms who are not particularly interested in sewing, they too are learning a skill that can provide income for their families. This little group included Goret's mom, Faizo grandma and Stanley's mom, just to name a few. Starting tomorrow, I will have the privilege of teaching our frist PiNK session and giving them t-shirts. It's so funny because we had 20 PiNK t-shirts donated and there just so happen to be 20 ladies, alltogether!! God is so good!
Once they were finished with their sewing for the day, they pulled out a chalkboard and all gathered in the room for their daily reading and writing class. Aidah's son, Timothy, and his wife are teaching these beautiful women how to read and write. What a beautiful sound it was to hear them alltogether, reciting their ABC's! These women are amazing! God is amazing!! Uganda is just plain amazing!! What a privilege it is to be a part of God's team that He sent here to encourage, teach and equip our "team of Ugandans" to empower them to change their culture, to give them all hope for a new future! And it all starts with loving them with God's love!
I just have to say thank you, once again to all of you who are IChooseYou sponsors. You just have no idea what a difference you are making in the lives of these kids and their families. They have such hope and joy and YOU are a big reason for that!!