A few weeks ago we took the young men of the Peter House back to their village to help out some young girls in need. Our ministry had identified two girls who were living on their own. Their mother has left them for now, but we are praying she will return soon. As they described to me the situation, a 12 year old girl living with her 8 year old sister, I unknowingly drew a picture in my mind. I imagined two strong girls, mature and looking something like Sidney who is only one year older than them. I was VERY surprised then I put my eyes on them! They are tiny… so very small. They had almost nothing in their little house. The grass roof was very old and had several leaks, the window was years past working properly and their door would not close all the way.
Yes, I wanted to cry. In fact, I did. I wanted to scream and yell and take the little girls to live with me in my small but dry and safe house. However, their mentor assured me there is a way that is best for these girls. We decided to invest and make their house safe and dry, to give them the little that they need, and to be there for them while they wait for the mother to return. We agreed to do whatever it takes!
So, that is what the Peter House did. We purchased new sticks and grass for the roof, and on a recent Saturday morning, we set out to repair this home. Upon arrival, the boys quickly removed the old grass and bundled it for the landlord to use elsewhere. Then, the boys replaced the existing stick infrastructure with new sticks and begun putting on the new grass. In addition, the boys completely renovated a small “veranda” that is around the outside of the house. They tore old bricks and mud apart, and built the new brick veranda after transporting new bricks from a brick yard approximately 100 meters away. Just ask Jason about how hard that was!
After almost eight hours divided between two days, the project was nearly completed. Because of time constraints and not enough supplies, we had to stop working. However, the roof was finished two days later by the father of a student at TAS.
As I said before, The Amazima School service club gave these girls some new supplies. They had been sleeping on a one inch foam mattress, so we purchased for them a new 5 inch twin mattress. We provided them some new plates, cups and food. We supplied them with firewood, a small stove and charcoal. There is no electricity in this home (or a bathroom), so we gave them a kerosene lantern. It is beyond us how anyone can live in such conditions, but the addition of these new supplies brought smiles to the faces of these young girls.
These young men continue to amaze us day after day. This is especially true when we go into the villages with them on these service projects. The boys were greatly concerned with the welfare of these two young girls, and they worked so hard to ensure their home was comfortable and safe. Several of the young men live very close to where these girls live, and they have promised to go and check on them during the holiday. In fact, one of the young men volunteered a room at his home for the girls until their mother returns.
It has been about three weeks since we performed this service project, and the mother of these young girls has still not returned. If you have children, think back to when he or she was 12. Now imagine them alone in the country side in a small hut with no running water or electricity. Now imagine them with no food. This is what many children here in Uganda face every day. It is tragic. Every day we wrestle with why this happens. But we have God on our side, so who can be against us? What we have to do is pray and continue to work to lead the students at TAS in order to change this country one generation at a time. So that is what we will do.
In light of eternity,
Jason, Kori, Jackson, and Sidney
Romans 8:31 – What then shall we say to these things? If GOD is for us, who can be against us?