Buloba Uganda and Our Sponsor Children, Day 6

Well, today we had a chance to go to Buloba and meet our sponsor children, as well as all the other children. I had the opportunity to meet the 2 children (Emmanuel and Meridah) that my parents sponsor, as well as the little boy that I sponsor, Arafat. That was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had in my entire life. The joy on my face and on theirs was just tough to explain. I introduced myself to them and we talked for a while about things such as their hobbies, their chores, and their faith. Emmanuel and Meridah took me to meet their mothers in the church building after we got warmed up to each other.

One particular conversation got to me. Emmanuel’s mother introduced herself and told me “Thank God for you, Will.” Stunned, I asked why she thanked God for me. She replied: “The Bible says ’Give thanks to the Lord, His love endures forever’. (Psalms 107:1, which happens to be my favorite verse.) If it were not for you, Will, my son would be hungry and uneducated and we would have no future. I thank God for your family everyday. You are a blessing to us.” I had no reply except for thank you.

I mean, what do you say to that? If anyone wants to let me know, please do so I can tell her. That struck me. This woman who lives off a dirt road, in a dirt hut, has to walk 2 miles to get dirty water everyday to survive, thanks God for me everyday. Honestly, some days I do not even think about it. It just blew me away that this woman and her family have such strong faith, even in an extremely difficult situation. When we left the church to go play, Emmanuel leaned in close to me and asked me, “Will you come to the woods and pray with me?” Caught off guard once again, I replied with a “Yes I would love to.” He led me so deep into the woods that I thought we were lost. We sat down in a beautiful spot and prayed together. It was a great moment for me personally.

We may be blessed with material possessions, but these people are blessed in faith, community, and love. That is something I have taken from my experiences so far and I will never forget any of this.

From Africa,
Wilbur Lott and team

2 Responses to “Buloba Uganda and Our Sponsor Children, Day 6”

  1. Jennifer June 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Missing buloba and the precious community I was introduced to last summer. Hello to everyone!

  2. Dennis Smith June 18, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    “We may be blessed with material possessions, but these people are blessed in faith, community, and love. That is something I have taken from my experiences so far and I will never forget any of this.”

    Obviously you have the faith that normally comes with a much larger age. That’s how you got all the way over to Uganda.

    Well, after the normal amount of envy, I’m happy to know that your faith solid and should be admired and not envied.

    You definitely inspire those of us whose days of going great distances are over. Matthew 28 was written with you in mind. The courage of you and your team has not gone unnoticed.

    We will use these fine examples to put Matthew 28 in play back here in the States, maybe even Georgia.

    Keep the faith and bring yourself home safely along with the others.

    Lots of love from your homies.

    thanks,
    dennis

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