There’s an undefinable comfort in familiarity. The smell of your favorite morning beverage as the light breaks over the window sill, the strange sound your house makes in the middle of the night, the feeling of plopping down in your favorite spot after a hard day of work...the sound of exotic birds chirping before the sun rises and the military marching through the streets calling Uganda to ‘wake up’...
Parts of Jinja have become so comfortable that I can’t imagine not having them as a normal part of my day. From the continual feeling of dirt on your skin to the different smells as you walk down the street, they are all comforting and welcomed now.
Our time here has come to an end. The relationships that spread deep roots in such a short time will continue to grow as will everyone’s hard work to help end the orphan crisis. That’s why we’ve come here. That’s why we care. We might not all be called to adopt, but we are all called to serve the fatherless. We believe, that if we work together and share all different sides of orphan care, that slowly, one story at a time, we can make an impact on the amount of orphans in the world. We believe in reintegration. We believe that you can help educated and serve parents who have had to give their children up. We believe in sponsoring children. We believe that youcan help serve the women and men who daily work in orphanages. We believe in adoption and we believe that some of you might be called to adopt and just don’t know it yet. But that’s why we’re here, that’s why all of us came. We want to share the stories of the men, women and children of Uganda and show you and your loved ones all different sides of orphan care. No longer will the phrase, ‘I’m not called to adopt’ be an excuse to getting out of orphan care. You have seen and will continue to see ways in which you can help. In the following weeks we will introduce you to ways you can give, financially and/or with your acts of service to help end the orphan crisis. It’s not a quick fix. It’s not something we can put a band aide on. But over time, you and I can make a difference.