Today is a day where we give thanks in America for what He has done. In this crazy world we live, we can often lose perspective just how far He has brought us. Sometimes we have to realize that once we were somewhere, we have reached somewhere, and we are going somewhere. Today in the day of thanks I would like to look back and thank Jesus for what He has done for our family.
Thank you Lord for being there November 23, 1975 on some small risers, I gave my life to you. You filled me with your Spirit and I nearly fell off the bleachers in front of the church. You have been patient with me Lord and my selfishness of being concerned about everything “me.”
I am thankful for parents who showed me how to love You and love others so well.
They have always been there for me and I am so proud of them and their faithfulness to You. Really they have been a steadying force in my life and have taught me so much about commitment to each other.
I am grateful for a spouse that He has given me.
No one has made a bigger spiritual impact to my life than Kiconco. Lord I told you long ago that I needed someone who needed me. You have given me what I need.
You knew I needed her. No one has been more of a rudder for my life than she has. When the world comes a calling, you have given me Kiconco to steer me back on course toward You.
She is there to pick up the slightest 1 degree drift for me and for that, Father, I am grateful. Who knows what beach I would by lying on instead of serving You in Africa if you hadn’t have given me her as a wife?
Webale Yesu for 2 wonderful children, Mbabazi and Kyomu.
Thank you that out of the mouth of babes you can speak that we should be missionaries to the poor. Thank you for speaking to our entire family that we should Go.
Our lives will never ever be the same. I am grateful that our two children love You Lord and they have seen miracles of what You have done and are still doing. They have seen all the struggles to get to this point and for that I am also grateful.
Thank you for teaching them so young that their lives with You at the center will never return void.
Thank you Jesus for my ignorance in excel spreadsheets and for your Devine calling and purpose for others to come and help us.
You have brought us leadership that has grown the ministry in new ways.
Truly you have called many since those early days with self made poster board sponsorship pages and days when no one was there to listen. You have given us staff who excel in what they do
and who are contagious with their love for You. We have grown in Your timing from those early days in 2008 where Kiconco and I prayed that just 1 person would have faith to believe before actually seeing. You brought that man
and you have now brought hundreds to the dirt roads of Uganda.
We are thankful for friends like Matt Hogan.
He and his wife Sara have learned at a much earlier age than us that all of us have been given gifts by you, Lord. That is a fact and we should be thankful.
We can use them all the time for our own benefits or we can take what You have given us and give that back to you. We are grateful Lord that this next generation sees the impact they can have for your Kingdom in Uganda and around the world.
Thank you Jesus for a friend named Emmy.
When I was a young boy……..I used to collect stamps. My favorite country of all my stamps was Uganda. The country had a terrible dictator at the time but You were already drawing me there. When I was 12, my best friend was African American. Kinda rare in the 70s but that was the case. His name was Mark Hooper. I don’t know where he is today, Lord, but I am grateful that you taught me early on that we should look at each other not by the color of our skin but rather the size of our hearts. That is how you judge us as your Word says in 1 Sam 16:7 “for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”
You have given Kiconco and I friends who have taught us more about sacrificial love and sacrificial giving than we ever thought was humanly possible.
They are not perfect Lord, but they are committed to You like no one else we know and they have blessed our family more than any 2 people in this world.
We are grateful for their steadfast example in today’s world of how to love You and how to love others.
Truly Lord as we sit here in Uganda we are thankful. You have provided a bounty of blessings through so many people who are now with us.
May we have another day to declare Your Glory for all you have done, all you are doing, and all you will do.
We love you Lord. We are happy this Thanksgiving 2015 for YOU.