It was impossible for me to hear their stories–young lives impacted by such loss and pain–and not feel called to deeper ministry. These 22 children (and their 2000 “siblings” in the Watoto Village in Kampala, Uganda) have lost all of their parents to HIV AIDS and rampant wars. They have seen more death and experienced more devastation than most of us will in a lifetime. Hundreds of babies are discarded on the streets of Uganda, in toilets, dumpsters, sewage drains–abandoned by young girls unable to care for them. Watoto founders began a ministry branching off their child sponsorship program called Baby Watoto to nurse these babies back to health.
And here I sit in my comfortable living room, complete with television, ice cold glass of water, full stomach, and warm blankets galore.
HOW do I sit here in my abundance and continue on as I always have? Pursuing what? Home ownership? A car manufactured in this decade? More space for my ever growing collection of shoes? It’s interesting to notice the alterations God is making in my spirits. I was just sharing my experience with clearing out my overflowing closets and being convicted, and now this? And for weeks now, each time I turn on the faucet and let it run freely as I wash the dishes, I have been seen the faces of widows and orphans seeking clean hydration.
And through all of those moments, I hear the words of James 1:27–
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
a “parent” to two boys on this 6 month tour, and stayed with us Friday night.
This, THIS is true worship.
Uncles* Mike and Ronny, Justus (13), Peter (11), Brian (11), and David (9).