Uganda has changed our lives forever. Twenty years ago, Rick and I never dreamed that God would allow us to be a part of something so special. God is working in Uganda in a remarkable way. We have been able to mobilize hundreds of volunteers to partner alongside the local church in Uganda and watch as God changes lives. Thousands of people are surrendering to Jesus and following after Him.
Rick and I just returned from a fruitful two months in Uganda. The trip started off with a three- day prayer and planning meeting with our ministry partners there. Then, of course, Rick was sharing the Gospel every chance he got! So, on the streets we went. Even our granddaughters were handing out Gospel tracts on the streets with their Poppee. Rick also had the opportunity to preach at Jinja Town Church, a young church planted by our son Jonathan. That Sunday, a man visiting the church gave his heart and life to the Lord Jesus. A new life was born!
But there was yet another new life in Uganda. This time my trip to Uganda was that of a grandmother (Meme). As you know, my son Jonathan and his wife Kelly are living in Uganda. They are working with our ministry as well as adopting their sweet Chloe as their own. A very special event took place on January 29. A new life was born! Our 18th grandchild came into this world. Rick and I were so excited to be able to be there. The day Kelly gave birth, the hospital told them not to come because President Museveni was coming to commission the new hospital and they did not want any visitors. My son said, “We are coming!”
And three hours later, Kaliyah Jade Via was born. Her name means “jewel of God.” It comes from Proverbs 25:12 that says, “Wise correction to an ear that listens is like a gold earring or jewelry of fine gold.” So their prayer (and ours) is that Kaliyah will be a women full of wisdom and will speak the truth in love to all.
Two new lives — an adult finding Jesus as his Savior and an infant just beginning her new life. For both we rejoice and give praises to the King of kings, the Giver of life.