“I am so old. My whole body hurts. I have suffered much,” her eyes shine with joy as she speaks, “oh, I am suffering. But whatever He wants. Whatever God wants!” And she laughs and she laughs. We sit in our circle in the dust of a slum and we share our hearts and our prayers. Jja Ja Maria, who looks to be a hundred years old and reaches no higher than my shoulders, is the last to share. Her life, it has been hard. She is in Jinja because she had to flee from the war in the North that tore apart h … [Read more...]

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“Jesus! Mama, baby Jesus! I want to see! I want to see Jesus!,” shrieks my littlest darling. How can I refuse? I lift her, for what seems like the hundredth time this morning, to the manger scene on the living room bookshelf. She gazes in wonder, oohs and ahs, gingerlyfingering the cornhusk baby in his twig and banana fiber trough. “Jesus, Mama,” she whispers. And so, the nativity scene that once was packed away each year after Christmas remains on the bookshelf still, because my darling baby, in … [Read more...]

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Today, we remember…

“Mommmyyyy!” I heard a yell as I bounced quickly along the pitted road that leads to our program in my 16-passenger van. I stopped quickly, turning the van around to go back for Prossy who had been walking home to get something. “How did you see her?” said my Dad who was visiting at the time. “I didn’t! I heard her yell, ‘Mommy’” I replied. “But everyone calls you Mommy. Even people we don’t know call you that around here,” Dad questioned. “Yea, but I know when it’s mine.” I explained mat … [Read more...]

In 2010…

We loved a lot...and we laughed a lot.We had the privilege of teaching people about our Savior, Jesus!Amazima began work on the new fellowship site. It is now complete with toilets, a kitchen, a chapel, and a playground where all our children laugh, eat, play and learn about Jesus!Joyce turned 7. I love watching her grow and delight in her tender heart and sensitive, compassionate spirit!We all had the chicken pox.We made new friendsMargaret turned 12. JOY just shines out of this precious … [Read more...]

In 2010…

We loved a lot...and we laughed a lot.We had the privilege of teaching people about our Savior, Jesus!Amazima began work on the new fellowship site. It is now complete with toilets, a kitchen, a chapel, and a playground where all our children laugh, eat, play and learn about Jesus!Joyce turned 7. I love watching her grow and delight in her tender heart and sensitive, compassionate spirit!We all had the chicken pox.We made new friendsMargaret turned 12. JOY just shines out of this precious … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas!hold the ones you love … [Read more...]

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Always Enough

I hear the desperation in her rough, scratchy voice, see the bags under her eyes as she wearily replies to the prophet, “I don’t have any bread – only a handful of flour in the jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die." I know this kind of desperation. But the prophet knows more. And he says to her, “ Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said, but first make a small loaf of bread for m … [Read more...]

I’ve written this in my head a thousand times. A thousand times, words have failed. For over a year, I have been mom to 14. Today, my heart is still in love with 14 beautiful little girls, but only 13 of them are in my home. Only 13 are sitting at my table for breakfast. Only 13 are being reminded to brush their teeth. Only 13 are putting on pjs and being tucked snug in bed. Today, only 13 little voices are screaming “happy birthday” to me. The story is long and intense and messy. And right now, … [Read more...]

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For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. Ecclesiastes 1:18

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29 In May I stood in front of a crowd of 500 people and spoke of our sweet adopted grandmother, Grace:“Grace is an 80 year old woman, blind and all alone. The cold rain drips through her grass thatched roof and onto her face which she covers with a plastic bag. AIDS makes it impossible for her body to fight off any illness, including the tuberculosis that is wreaking havock on … [Read more...]

I have been sitting here staring at my computer screen for ten minutes trying to come up with adequate words to describe to you my dear friend Renee. But there just simply aren’t any words good enough. She emulates the heart of Christ more than anyone I have ever met. It is always a blessing to be in her presence and to call her my friend.Renee lives with purpose. She is intentional about loving people with the love of Christ. She stops for one person and loves that person as if they were Christ … [Read more...]

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Just in case you were getting too comfortable…

Poverty and squalor and disease and desolation are REAL.They have names. And faces that stare back and hands that squeeze mine tight.They are beautiful people in need of REAL love.This is Betty.This is Nabakoza.They are real people. They are my friends. They are God's children. Please pray specifically for Nabakoza as she may be nearing the end of her life. At 23, she weighs just 37 pounds (not typos.) She has been severely neglected all her life. My sweet friends Renee and Shana drove 2 hours … [Read more...]

teenagers and a lesson from Jacob.

I come to you humbly asking for prayer. Especially for my three oldest daughters, and for wisdom for me! All mommas know it: teenagers are hard. Three teenage girls are harder. Three teenage girls from different tribes and cultures and pasts trying to live together in one bedroom are harder still. In an effort to be real, I want to tell you. Adoption is wonderful and beautiful and the greatest blessing I have ever experienced. Adoption is also HARD and painful. Adoption of older children is a … [Read more...]


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