We made it! Honestly that is a big accomplishment for PCM 52 since this team has come from the four corners of the US: Michigan, Colorado, Georgia and Texas. From almost missing flights, to meeting up with team members at exactly the right time, God has provided the way for this team 52. With each detail it has been evident and comforting to know God is with us wherever we go.
On this trip we are an American choir……or the Mzungu Choir. Since the kids here always are so welcoming with their praise on every trip, we decided as a team to bless them back by singing to Him for them.
Now of course, never practicing together and not knowing the songs might have been a slight problem, but the Ugandans absolutely loved every note of it of course. One of the songs is called “I Give Myself Away.”
Mrs. Brazell, the mother of our beloved intern Chris Brazell, picked out the songs, led the singing and introduced this song as being our trip’s motto. I give myself away. I think she might just be right to say that because it is important as Chrisitans to forget oneself and sacrifice for others.
Give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Romans 6:13
I couldn’t have seen a better example of sacrifice than deep inside of these faithful employees, the staff of the The Kate Clinic.
The doctors and nurses that work this clinic are on the job 24/7. So basically they are never NOT on call. To give up your own comfort and serve others isn’t easy, but that is what Jesus calls us too. Thank you for your faithful examples.
Often, our humble staffers have to make the long journey down the dirt road at night to help treat another patient who has just checked in. We have been praying that the Lord provide a nice safe place for them to live behind the clinic.
Rent would be free and the walk would take just seconds. We are happy to report that Jesus has provided and we are well on our way to new homes for our PCM Kate clinic staff!
Next stop was just down the hill: The PCM Kyassenya School
We arrived with a warm welcome like always.
Never will it get old to see a precious child look at you and hug you like you are family.
The people here know how to welcome with open arms and you can see Jesus shining through them every so brightly.
Well in Uganda the dry season has arrived and that means “fufu” (dust) and lots of it. These kids waited all day for the beloved visitors (PCM 52) to arrive. Once again, the people here are so sacrificing and so patient. While we sat in the luxury of plastic chairs, they sat on the grass and in the hot sun.
Enraptured by the fact we came all this way to see them, they sat with smiles flashing some of the biggest grins you could ever imagine.
They sang for us and then we sang for them.
Both of us offering up praises to the Lord but in a different way that was beautiful. I think that’s another thing I love about being here. We are so different in cultures, yet our spirits are the same, and they blend together so well.
After the singing it was time for a drink! Singing and sitting in the sun deserves some refreshment for sure. Being Americans we do expect a lot….. all the time.
We aren’t necessarily thankful for the everyday blessings. I forget that everything belongs to God, and I don’t deserve one bit of the things I receive.
God reminds us in the sweetest way always. Supermom asked if someone would pray and one of the older girls named Prossy starts to pray for the cokes. She was praying and thanking Him for a drink but that did not matter because it was truly one of the most beautiful prayers I have ever heard. It was genuine in thankfulness and reminded us all how grateful we could be if we just thank Him like these children do.
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 18:3-4
Right after handing the drinks out, the rain came. This was another provision because it is dry season and of course they don’t get very much rain during this season at all. The collecting systems on many of the roofs in the village would help harvest this blessing from the sky. WOW. I was amazed. Amazed at his goodness when we are thankful and forget about ourself.
Here is summed up what God taught our team today:
We have little to offer but if we give ourselves to His will, He will use us and we will be able to see Him actively involved in the lives of His people.
Thank you Jesus.