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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Uganda Day "Something Or Other" !!!

Just another packed day ... Amazima Saturday worship (playing, singing, and lots of yummy food) then of course there is the baby that was just born and her mother that needs Katie's attention, followed by the man at her gate, whose surgery wound is abscessed and must be tended too and don't forget the daily re-dressing of the burn leg (the man's house was set on fire -he now lives in the back of Katie's yard until he is healed) ... This is just one day in the life w/ Katie ... Every single day we were here the day was somewhat of a juggle around caring for those who are sick or wounded ( I won't go into detail about the broken face that occurred this week of one of Katie's friend) ... I know Suzanne has already explained it much better, but I just can't help, but share it also ... As we hopped out of the van to watch Katie do her FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE service, I was caught up in the sheer GLORY she shows of the Lord as she cares for others ... I know she is a mom to 13, runs Amazima's education program, feeds 1200 children a day, and so much more, but SHE WAS BORN TO BE A CARETAKER ... To watch her move w/ such ease as she gets medical supplies, dresses some really disgusting wounds, or soothes someone who is in pain is like a DANCE with her ... She brings peace and comfort to the situation and the people here trust her ... They know she cares and listens to them ... THEY KNOW SHE WILL COME BACK TO CHECK ON THEM ... I believe of all the callings on her life this is the one that shows all of her true God given talents ...

I am going to share a little something that struck me on our walk the other day ... Katie, Sarah, Suzanne, Grace and I stole a rare moment and headed out for a long hour walk ... Just five girls talking and gabbing ... We laughed while we sweated off the chocolate we have been eating this week and just enjoyed each other's company ... You could have transported us to America and we would have been doing the same thing ... It is one of those times when it is just us and nothing else ... (thank you Lord for sisters ) ... So as we were walking, I was saying about how I feel like sometimes all my blogs say the same thing - Orphans, Adoptions, Service, Get Out of Your Box, Orphans, Adoption, etc ... And Sarah shared something she had heard at an online sermon that struck me as so RIGHT ON ..." INTENTIONS are plans that are never followed through and they are useless" ... It hit me then that is why I blog and talk about the same things over and over and over again ... I remember having intentions and just staying right there ... NEVER ACTING ... And now that I have acted on the INTENTIONS that God placed in my heart I want ever one else to feel that JOY and not miss out ... Intentions WON'T FEED PEOPLE, Intentions WON'T BUILD A WELL, Intentions WON'T HELP A CHILD HAVE A FAMILY, Intentions WON'T HELP A WIDOW CHANGE HER LIGHT BULBS, Intentions WON'T PROVIDE MEDICINE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE DYING, and Intentions won't TELL PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS .... I don't ever want to be a person of INTENTION (ever again) ... I want to be a person of action !!!

I am begging you here from my room in UGANDA, AFRICA to be a person of ACTION ... I want whatever God has laid on your heart to begin NOW ... Take the first step to filling out paper work to adopt, sign up to go on that mission trip, sponsor a child, make a lunch date w/ a widow in your church, or start your own AMAZIMA or 147 PROGRAM ... Don't sit on the sideline with your intentions ... THEY ARE USELESS !!!

I am inspired, scared, and excited about what God will show us next and what will DO !!!












16 kind words.:

LoriB said...

This post hits home for me! A few months back it hit me that I was a person of intention and not action. The thing about intention is that it requires very little faith. That was the wake-up call I needed! I leave for my first mission trip to Uganda on July 1st and our dossier is days away from being ready to go to Uganda! It feels so good to be a person of ACTION, especially when those actions started as a result of the burdens the Lord places on your heart! Stepping out in faith and having my heart break for what breaks His has brought me so much closer to Him! Thank you for sharing your heart!

La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life said...

Love this post. Keep on blogginng...pushing, challenging and inspiring us to ACT on our intentions.

Might just have to use that quote. I love it.

Sarah said...

glad i could be an avenue for inspiration... : )

Jewels of My Heart said...

Amen...

mrs.stinnett said...

WOW - I found Amazima - ya'll and sixty feet a couple weeks ago. I don't know anyone who has adopted in the last 15 years. I have been praying to be radically obediant and the Lord has placed James 1:22 in my heart. Do not merely listen to the word and so decieve yourselve Do what it says. Just last night I wrote in my journal that I know right now I'm not at a place where I can adopt - but I KNOW He will move us there - but I have a big mouth and say all the time that I am overly passionate and I HAVE to share with everyone whatever God is doing with me. So I know that what I am to do right now is raise awareness and be a catalyst. Your post was a word for me!!!! I do not want to have good intentions - but I want to be a person of action!!! Thanks you and I have been praying for ya'll daily!!!
Sarah Stinnett

Laine said...

I can just picture Katie serving like Jesus to all these wounded in body and soul....beautiful.

I'm so thankful for you and Suzanne and your willingness to GO and not just INTEND to go! You inspire me....and your post this morning was really timely for me this morning...

It's all about SURRENDER...

Love you!

Lori said...

Gwen, Your life and words in your blog have been an inspiration for me for the past year. Inspiration can be a lot like intentions...non-effective without action. However, the Lord has used this to move me out of my comfort zone and onto a plane for Uganda in July for 12 days (with VO). Have loved following you on this journey and can't wait to serve there!

Rachel said...

Thank you thank you thank you! LOVE LOVE. Amen and amen.

Rhonda Wicks said...

yes...yes...yes...So glad you all are there together..I
Love you sisters so much!!!

ShellyO said...

Amen, Gwen. "Be doers of the Word and not merely hearers." James 1:22. Love you sister.

Kim said...

This was a beautiful, encouraging post.. thank you!! This described the "transition" that I am going through right now so well!

Abby and Promila said...

What a wonderful post... exactly what I needed to hear to light a fire under me! Love to you all!

-Abby Ammons

Sarah said...

I love your heart, Gwen. It has been awesome following your time in Uganda and I loved seeing a picture of someone I recognize (Patrick) in your pictures. Loved spending time with him last summer.

Alisha Darsey said...

Beautiful! Thanks for not only remembering those who are orphaned but also the widows! God Bless You! Love, Alisha

Wild Olive said...

LOVE IT, sister-friend! You are so right-on! I have loved reading about your time in UG...so glad you were there to minister to Katie. :)
xoxo
Colleen

Em said...

I'm so encouraged by your last paragraph! Definitely going to follow through with all that God has for me (my husband and I are just beginning an adoption). Thanks so much for your encouragement and all that you do out of love for the Lord!