One of the things that I have really enjoyed about being here in Uganda has been having the opportunity to see and visit various organizations that are making a difference. In bible study this week, we were talking and sharing stories, verses and songs that have had an impact in our lives. One of the girls mentioned how she has been reminded that when it comes to mission trips, God has already laid down the groundwork for His divine plan. A lot of times, we go in thinking that we are going to change the world and make this huge impact/difference in the area we are visiting. We have this mentality that if it weren’t for us, maybe no one in that place will ever hear about the gospel. In reality, God has already had the ball in motion so to speak and we in turn have the privilege of being called and used as one of His puzzle pieces that eventually creates the big, overall picture. Just something to think about :)
Yesterday, we spent the day going to the Friday craft market in Kampala. At first it was overwhelming with everyone trying to sell you their crafts, but it was a ton of fun. I am getting pretty good at haggling! As great as it was spending the day shopping, my favorite part was when we visited an organization called the Akiba House through Bless a Child Foundation. Akiba provides a place for children undergoing treatment for cancer. Akiba means “treasure” in Swahili and that is exactly what each child was. I was amazed at how happy and playful these kids were, despite their illness. Not only does Akiba provided a haven for kids along with their families close by the hospital, but it also instills continued education during their time there. They can hold up to about 17 children. At the moment, there are 14 kids. It broke my heart to know that for all of the kids, their little bodies were fighting for their lives. We spent some time playing and of course taking pictures with these precious little people. Being there really put things in perspective for me. Not only has God always provided for me, but I am blessed with a healthy body and sound mind. Even though I was only there for a short time, those kids can be added on to the many blessings I have encountered here in Africa.