The past week has been an incredible adventure. I know that sounds clichè, but there’s not really any other way to put it. The word incredible means that something literally is not credible; that it would appear to be ficticious. If I hadn’t lived it I probably would have thought it was false myself. Good thing I brought along someone to get the whole thing on film.
There have been so many surprises along the way. Some of these have challenged my view of the world that we live in. When I heard the story of Hope – a young girl that Natalie and Werner have taken into their home – I thought to myself “I cannot believe that things like this happen in the world. The same world I live in”.
Hope was taken to a group of witches when she was less than ten years old and made to watch terrible things that I will not repeat here. She was taken to the witches by a relative who had been told he would become rich if he did.
These women performed many terrible ceremonies and one day, one of the witches asked Hope why their spells had no power over her. She told them “because I am covered by the blood of Jesus Christ and he is more powerful than anything you could ever do to me”. This from a girl barely older than my own daughter. Oh, and she led that woman to Christ and they both escaped the witch village.
The same is true of Sarah’s story. Sarah was made to live on the street when she was five years old and then barely escaped with her life from an armed rebel when she was twelve. She now has two boys of her own and has a desire to start a daycare because she loves children so much.
Sitting in the kitchen of our hosts in Uganda yesterday and listening to Sarah tell me “these things are happening right now”, I thought to myself, ‘how can I not know this?’
These things are not the subject of a fictional story, they are real and are happening as we speak. There are many other things that we witnessed this week and it will take some time to get it all sorted out, so bear with us.
Finally, one other big surprise but a pleasant one was the number of people we met – many of them Ugandan nationals – that have a desire to change things in their own country. They see both the flaws and the potential and are working hard to improve things. We want to partner with Uganda to help improve things too.