The month of December has been filled with heartache, and little sparkles of joy splashed here and there. I'm not just referring to the heartache we have personally faced as a family, the loss of our unborn child. I am referring to the pain, and inner turmoil that face so many people surrounding us on a daily bases. Hurt takes on many different forms, and it is not just reserved for the people living in the third world. Hurt can grab you at anytime, no matter where you live or your station in this life. We have found such peace that truly passes all understanding, by placing our lives in the hands of Christ.

As many of you know, we have had a heart towards adoption for many years now. We are open, and are willing vessels if the Lord so wills. Last year I came across a great blog post that someone shared on Facebook, in regards to foster care and adoption. So if you want to know the (Why) behind bringing more children into our home, please read. <(Why) I don't want more kids... >And don't let the title fool you. :)

"What I want is to get to the end of my wants. I want to get to the end of controlling and taking on only what I can do. I want the immense privilege of seeing what God can do through me. That fills me with unspeakable, illogical joy at the prospect of being used as He wills."

Towards the beginning of the month, we had the privilege of meeting some pretty special people from Sonrise Ministries in Jinja. They do an incredible job caring for children-- little babies through teenagers.  We actually were able to make a visit when our group from Massachusetts and Kentucky were here this month.

After holding some of those babies, and seeing the need for good Christian homes we could not just walk away and do nothing. The hard life many of these little ones have lived is heartbreaking. But they are very much loved, and well looked after. So we have gone back and expressed our interest in fostering to adopt. At this point, the staff would like to get to know our family better and have us come around for a time and volunteer. They love the children they look after, and truly want to make sure that they would be going to a secure, compatible home. I am thrilled at the prospect of volunteering for a time. In fact, Rehema and I will be leading a women's bible study every Thursday starting on January 14th for all of the aunties at the baby home, children's home, and girl's home. We are praising the Lord for this opportunity to spend time with these amazing women, and share the Word of God.

This past week we also had an unexpected chance to help a 15 year old young women reunite with her grandmother after four years of being apart. It's
really quite a long story, and very personal to this young women, so I will not go into details on here. But the moral of the story is that God certainly answers prayers. This grandmother has been praying for this young women for years, and had tears in her eyes retelling the tale of praying to our Lord for this girl to be brought back home. So, next time you look at someone on the streets, or a young person that may be making some terrible choices. Please remember that everyone has a story, be slow to pass judgment but be quick to help, and always use discernment.

This month we also started incorporating Favour into our kindergarten home school class. Ava absolutely loves having a friend come over to do school with her. Favour is Joseph and Rehema's five year old daughter. They have started the transition from having their children in public school, to bringing them home for discipleship and educational learning. Our two families actually had the opportunity to sit down with the main advocate for homeschooling in Uganda. It was certainly a very fruitful meeting, and we received a lot of information that should not only help the Joseph's, but future Ugandan families. The man we sat down with is actually in the process of putting together a curriculum geared towards African families. We found out that there is about 50 home school families in Uganda, and most of them use some sort of American curriculum. They love what they use, but it is not from an African perspective, nor does it have the history that would be extremely beneficial for the youth. We hope to be of some assistance in helping to get this curriculum put together.

The highlight of December was having our dear brothers and sisters from the States come and stay with us in Kampala. Charlton will actually be posting a more detailed blog on all the adventures we had with them. We miss all these guys very much, as well as Elizabeth who headed home for a few weeks. But not to fear, she returns in January-- and we are looking forward to having her back again.

May the Lord bless you, and keep you. Until the new year...



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