“You have increased the nation, O LORD. You have increased the nation. You are glorified; You have exalted all the borders of the land.” Isaiah 26:15
Three months ago, we began boldly praying that the Lord would transform the prisons where we work. We specifically prayed for M1: a place where children are left to grow-up in prison. We pleased with God that M1 would instead be a place where children encounter God.
We started small. There was a team of 3 Ugandans discipling children. There were few children wanting to listen, someone was always talking to a friend, another was sleeping, and others were playing cards. It was a tough audience.
And then last month during discipleship, the kids did not want to go to lunch. They were hungry for God. They wanted Him more than the little food they get everyday. Eleven children asked repeatedly to be baptized. They confessed Christ and believed in His grace and power to raise us from the dead.
At the same time, we hired two new social workers to care for, advocate for, parent, and teach, the 35 young children at M1, some as young as two years old. And the social workers had a dream: they wanted the sleeping area to be a place of peace, protection, and love. These children had been sleeping on the floor for almost one year and we all longed to get them into beds.
We reached out to donors and the response made us weep.
One person posted on facebook: “This is ridiculous! My kids are dumping out their piggy banks and I am going to auction off one of my paintings. Bidding starts now; we have to get these kids off the floor!”