Today I want you to meet my girls!!!!
Mukademari Beatrice will be 12 years old on February 2!
Uwineza Jacqueline will be 8 years old on May 4!
Both live with their families in the country of Rwanda on the continent of Africa,
and for five years and two years, respectively, I have had the blessing and privilege of sponsoring Mukademari and Uwineza through an amazing organization called Compassion International.
Who could have fathomed that the unforeseen words of a child in Africa would carve a place in my soul forever?
“Your child, Beatrice, greets you.”
“Your child, Beatrice, greets you,” she penned! Moved beyond tears, I looked again, just to be certain, and it was unquestionable. From across the sea, on a continent I have never stepped foot, lived a child whom I had never met, who considered me to be a “mother.” I recognize that I am an “Auntie,” a “sister,” a “daughter,” a “grand-daughter,” and “Director of Christian Education,” to identify just a few designations, but I have not yet been favorably blessed to be called a “mom.” I surmise there is no greater joy, than for a woman who has been unable to have children, to finally hear the words “mother,” and exceedingly that is how I felt when I beheld her words.
If you have never had the opportunity to experience joyfulness in this way, I invite you to prayerfully consider sponsoring a child through Compassion International. You can learn more by simply clicking on the “Compassion” photo on to the right of this blog. It will refine you and your sponsored child in a way you could never have dreamed.
Soon, I aspire to travel to Rwanda to meet Mukademari and Uwineza, but as of yet I have not had the opportunity to do so. Fortunately, as we speak, a small group of compassionate men and women is en route to Uganda, Africa, which is only 283 miles north of Rwanda, Africa where my girls reside. This group will be traveling to meet other children in need, just like my girls, and they will be sharing their journey to Uganda through personal stories, videos and photographs. You can follow their journey at: http://compassionbloggers.com/trips/uganda-2014/
Lastly, on January 27-31, please join me in praying for Joy Wilson, Jeff Goins, Myquillyn Smith, Emily P. Freeman, Shaun Groves, Wess Stafford, and Mike Varel as they are “5 Days in Uganda.”
What is Compassion International?
“In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.” (Compassion Website, 2014, http://www.compasssion.com)