I am reading this book to the girls in the mornings as part of our homeschool. What a wonderful story Katie Davis tells about the beautiful children of Uganda and the contrast of beauty, joy and love in comparison to absolute poverty, pain, sickness and even death that she experiences daily and how God has made her so aware of these contrasts that come in the very same moment and even sometimes the very same person. The plight of these children, who so many have lost their parents to HIV/Aids yet their hearts are so full of joy and their faces are filled with smiles. You can follow whats going on with Katie and her kids at http://www.amizima.org
Last year the Lord lead me to another ministry called Harvest Ministry, they have a wonderful missions ministry going all over the world and are the founders of the "Guma Na Yesu" (keep with Jesus) children's center which is also in Uganda. What an inspiration Jon and Ann Dunagan are to me.
Ann also has an outreach ministry called Daring Daughters
There, she has available to mothers of teen daughters a mentoring e-coarse designed to help mothers (and Grammies) train up our girls in the ways of the Lord and to have a heart of compassion for the broken and needy people of this world. We have signed up and plan to incorporate this into our school curriculum.
Every morning, as part of our homeschool morning devotions/missions outreach we are praying for the children at the Guma Na Yesu and now also for Katie and her kids.....Last year we were able to support, in a small way, Harvest Ministry's orphans and this year we are praying that the Lord will open up doors and finances for us to be even more involved.
One very special blessing for me as a Grammy and as an educator is to see that the Lord is developing a heart of compassion in the girls for the orphans, the poor, the walking wounded and the unevangelized people of the world. My prayer is that the Lord will help me to instill these values in them, deeply, and not the values that society would put in them, caring more about themselves and whats popular and the newest style or whats "COOL" , shopping at the mall, give me, let me have, have you got mentality.....
Makes me want to scream!!!!
but to teach them what's "COOL" is this.......
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained [a]by the world.
Father, break our hearts for what breaks yours!
Blessings to all and remember to keep your eyes on the Lord and He will keep your foot from stumbling ~Susan~