DAY 24 – VISITING FAMILIES

A short walk down a very steep hill began our day today, to the house of Federance and her twins James and Belize, two of our sponsored children.

They had been living in rented accommodation, constantly on the move as they were unable to pay the rent, We asked for prayers for this family and amazingly the funds were received to purchase a plot of land and build the family a home, and today we were privileged to visit them. Their new home is nestled in the hillside and gardening is not for the faint hearted!!!

Federance was in tears as she gave her testimony, telling us how the children had been unable to settle in one school due to constantly moving and how she had felt her life was worthless. She had considered suicide but was worried about who would care for her children, then she came to the attention of the church, they had counselled her and walked beside her, helping her to cope with the situation she was in. Then her children were sponsored and she gave her life to Christ.

    

She cannot believe that today she is living in her own house with enough land to grow some vegetables and no one can evict her.  The room was bare except for a bench and a mat but it was clean, no mean feat as her water source is at the bottom of the valley much further down the very steep hill. She is attempting to grow some vegetables but the soil is infertile, we think a goat and some chickens would make a big difference.

    

We imagine her life before was much like that of Grace whom we visited in Gasabo on day 14, to see her now fills us with joy and we thank God for the generosity of the donor who really was an answer to prayer.

After an hour and a half of murram roads through the most amazing scenery our next stop was the home of Silas. He incurred a minor injury playing football when he was about 6 years old, it became infected but was left untreated due to the poverty of the family, eventually Silas had to have his leg amputated below the knee. He is now 12 years old and it has been decided that CHI will cover the cost of a prosthetic limb, surprisingly affordable here. First Silas has had to undergo another operation to remove a piece of bone that had continued to grow, four weeks on and that is healing well. It was amazing to visit his home which is built on a ledge on the hillside, and we marvelled at the terrain he has to negotiate simply to move off the family plot, let alone go to school.

      

Despite his disability he enjoys caring for the pigs and sheep purchased with a gift from his sponsor which are benefitting the entire family, he is also top of his class at school and his father told us that the contribution of health insurance for all family members means they no longer have to worry about health care, if only this had been the case when Silas was 6.  The local pastor testified to the improvements in the family situation and Silas’ school performance since receiving support from his sponsor.

Silas has 7 siblings, 6 still living at home. The small home hardly seemed adequate for the large family, and the uneven mud floor will undoubtedly cause Silas some challenges as he gets used to his new limb. Maybe a cement floor is needed here.

Our last stop of the day was the home of Brian, Carmen’s sponsored child. It is always an amazing privilege to visit our own children and today was no exception. Brian had been born with a hole in his head and suffers some challenges as a result. He was abandoned by his parents and is cared for by his grandparents who also care for another grandchild, Silas’ cousin, and have two grown up children living at home. They do not know the whereabouts of their other two children. Brian showed us his pig and sheep purchased with his gifts. This home is very remote and has no electricity…… a small solar panel seems like it might be a good idea.

We inevitably draw some attention when we visit these remote villages and today was no exception. Half a dozen children followed us (at a safe distance) as we walked to Brian’s house, we moved down the hill to see his pig and when we returned to his home it seemed most of the village were gathered on the ridge looking down on us, yes this house is also on a ledge.

    

We were followed along the tracks back to the car where we found another large crowd gathered. It was all too much for Brian to take in and we returned him to his grandmother as we said our goodbyes.

It has been an emotional day, it feels like so many families here live life on the edge in so many ways, and yet they are warm, welcoming and accepting of their lot in life.

Our shopping list for potential support is growing by the day.

One thought on “DAY 24 – VISITING FAMILIES

  1. Paul & Joan says:

    An emotional day indeed for your readers let alone yourselves as you personally engage with these folk who manage to be so grateful for the smallest of blessings that God provides. Draw close to the Lord in the next coming days and rely on Him to give you the strength that you need for the final days of the visit. Keep well – our love and prayers to you all and thanks for the faithful updates in the Blog.

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