Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ekubo Ministries

The following is a guest post from one of our team members, Lexie Thomas:

Where to even begin?

Waking up this morning in this beautiful country we’ve come to call home for a bit; home, because this place and this people and this joy has stolen our whole heart.

And it’s only day two.

We traveled again to Ekubo ministries to start off the day with devotions with the staff. George, the leader of the village and this ministry led us in studying James chapter 1. What conviction for followers of Christ, but especially when you have much and are sitting next to one of God’s children who has very, very little.

Really, nothing at all.

The day was filled with absolute joy. We shared music and puppets with the kids. We served their breakfast and got to interact with them over their meal. We jumped rope, played games, sang songs, taught dances, practiced English and gave hugs. Lots and lots of hugs.

And we loved.

We are in the rainy season here in Uganda and got to experience our first large shower this afternoon. And when you’re from the desert, this is a pretty big deal.

After coming home to probably our best dinner here yet (did I mention that I am LOVING the food!) we debriefed a bit as a team. And once again, I was amazed at how the Lord has tied our hearts together so tightly, both before and thus far in our trip. He is certainly up to some very significant things in our lives and we have all come here expecting to know how He plans to use us here, and later.

God is good and He always proves Himself faithful.

If you think of it, would you pray for us?

Pray that the Lord would make it clear how to use the resources we have; here and when we get home. Pray for health, safety, and the ability to clearly communicate the love of God to those we meet. Pray for Ekubo ministries (www.ekuboministries.com). For their staff and families, for the children, for a roof for their clinic, for the completion of the baby’s cottage, for the sponsorship of the many children who go without education and food. They need your prayers because they have many needs.

And consider your own heart. Pray about how the Lord is directing yours to care for the widow and the orphan in distress (James 1:27) and to actually care about the least of these. This looks differently for everyone, but actually doing something is not an option.

We are commanded to care.

If you care for a reference for that last statement, open the dusty book on your nightstand and let God change your heart for the things of His. Because your life and my life are a mist and when I stand before the Lord I want to hear a few things from Him and to know without a doubt that I poured myself out for the things that matter.

For the things that are eternal.

Because either way, we’ll have spent our lives for something. And these kids and these people and your family and your crazy neighbor and everyone in between, they are eternal.

What are you spending your life for?

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