Greetings from a rainy Uganda, brothers and sisters in the Lord. It’s so good to finally get a chance to update you in what the Lord has been doing here at Sonrise. The Lord has truly been good to us and we have seen him manifest himself in many difficult situations.
As many of you may remember God provided a permanent house for Sonrise. We were able to purchase a decent house but it needed a lot of work like the ceiling, flooring, plumbing, windows, secure doors, painting, and fencing. God provided a chunk of money we needed to renovate the Sonrise house. Of course we were jumping up and down with praises to God. It was a miracle indeed. Even as I write this builders are busy working on the house and we hope to be in the house by July 2012.
I know many of you are anxious to hear about my wedding. We received so much support and for that we are really thankful to you all. You encouraged us and prayed for us through it all. Thank you so much. We had a beautiful honeymoon in Mombasa which was a miracle because we could never have been able to come up with the money for it had it not been for a very generous special person in our lives. I am happy to say that I am now happily married and loving married life. It’s a lot different of course because I have to divide my time between being in Kampala with Felix and being at Sonrise with the babies.
I remember asking many of you to pray for Innocent’s adoption and I am happy to let you know that he was finally given his American visa and is doing well with his forever family in the states. It was truly a work of the Lord. We were beginning to lose hope but our God never sleeps he was working out the details all along.
We are devastated that Edwin had to leave Sonrise. His Mom who is still in the prostitution business decided that she wanted to remove Edwin from Sonrise and go take care of him at her place where she prostitutes herself. This really broke our hearts knowing what kind of things he will now be exposed to. Please pray for him. He was doing so well. He came to Sonrise 3 years ago very malnourished and with all kinds of complications. She would give him alcohol to go to sleep. So a year ago when she saw Edwin looking so nice and healthy she decided she wanted him. We tried to caution her that she is really not in a condition to have a little kid while she is still prostituting herself. She would not listen and in our country the mother always has the final word. So we had to let Edwin go. He was not so happy and he was on the verge of tears when he was leaving with his mom. Please while in prayer don’t forget to pray for this little one.
Several needy babies have joined our Sonrise family in the last month. We thank God for their little lives. Nathan is two years but looks like he is six months his mom abandoned him and left him with his drunkard Dad, his main job is to burn charcoal in the forests he hardly could make a living to feed himself let alone feed Nathan. Nathan became stunted and was becoming very weak because of hunger. The village people called me about his situation. After he arrived at my door step I could not say ‘NO’. His father continues to drown himself in booze but the church in that village is trying to reach out to him.
Phillip’s Dad disappeared one morning and there are some rumors that he left to go live on the islands of Lake Victoria. No one has ever heard from him. He left when Phillip was a new born. After a while Phillip’s mom grew tired of waiting so she also abandoned Phillip at his grandfather’s place. The grandfather of Phillip is so crippled and cannot take care of him. Most people in Uganda survive on the land so if you can’t dig or grow crops then it’s usually very difficult for such a person. So Phillip began to starve because his grandfather couldn’t support him. The neighbors would give them any leftover’s which of course is not much. He had so many jiggers in his feet. We decided to rescue him as well. He is now doing so much better and so happy.
Kyeyune Matthew’s mom died in January this year. Ever since her death Matthew was not doing well. His Dad couldn’t take care of him. He would leave him in different homes everyday so that he can go do casual labor in the village. Because of economic hardships it’s difficult to find any work. Concerned neighbors in the village called me after seeing that Matt was becoming quickly malnourished.
Joseph was discovered by a dear friend Stacy. She had come on a short term mission trip and discovered that he had no one to care for him. He was staying with the school’s head teacher who is not even related to him. She paid for him to be treated that day. He recovered but he still needed a family. We recently welcomed him into the Sonrise family. He is doing so well. His Mom and Dad are separated and they both want nothing to do with him. Well we love him and we know Jesus loves him too.
A bunch of our babies have been affected by measles. Jane had it and has recovered now Marie has it and she is really struggling with it so please pray for her. Asharaf too is showing signs of it. This is such a big storm for us but please stay close with your prayers.
We are sad that baby Angel passed away in April. Nakato one of the babies we care for in the community also passed away. We miss them a lot but we know that someday we will see them again in Heaven. We know that they are in a place of no suffering or disease.
We thank the Lord for friends: Kim’s team and April’s team from the states, Tammy’s team from Canada, Uncle Randy from Canada, Glenn’s team from Canada, Richard Symonds teams from UK and My parents from the states. Jamie and Miss Angel also joined us in April serving the Lord.
Thank you so much.We thank the Lord for you all and for your support financially, prayerfully and morally.
Peace to you all
Damali and all the babies