God is EVERYTHING!

August 29, 2014 - Mityana, Uganda

It’s been wonderful, confusing, frustrating, joyful homecoming back to Uganda. I’ve been able to spend some time in both Mityana as well as Jinja, visiting both the Walusimbi family and also all of the children at The Michelle and Julia Hoffman Memorial Children’s Home.

It’s amazing to see what can take place in just a matter of four months. The changes, both good and bad, have really amazed me and for all of the things that continue to take place I have to just say that I’m in awe of the things that God continues to do in this place.

Getting to The Hoffman Home was a huge “little” taste of heaven for me. I actually got to the Hoffman Home while most of the kids were out in the field for the day, so I was there as soon as they got back. I hid behind one of the houses as they entered into the gate….until one of them spotted me. Then there were nothing but screams, smiles, and laughter. One by one, 51 kids sprinted up to me to welcome me home with a big group hug. The happiness and joy in that place was immeasurable.

I stood there as all the kids were surrounding me and thought….if this is as joyful as it is, how much more incredible and joyful and wonderful will heaven be? I continue to replay that scene in my mind and just look forward to the day when I get to have the homecoming of all homecomings with my heavenly father.

One of the things that has changed most with the Hoffman children is their ENGLISH!!! It’s absolutely incredible how much they can communicate compared to when I was here just 4 short months ago. They are asking questions, forming sentences, and writing so well. I’m so proud of them and am so excited that I can actually sit down and have conversations with them now!!

I was washing dishes with Loi, Lillian, and Angela, three of the girls at the home, and suddenly the topic of heaven came up. Lillian explained….”I think Jesus has mzungu hair….” While Angela exclaimed, “Yeah!!! And in heaven, we’re going to eat lots and lots of FOOD and CAKEEEEEE!” And then Loi chimed in, “You know what? God is Mzungu, God is African, God is Indian, God is EVERYTHING!”

There’s no way I would’ve been able to have these conversations four months ago, but now we’re standing here, washing dishes under the bright Ugandan sun, and talking about God and heaven and Jesus with such extreme joy and excitement. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

 

God has given me so many reminders of eternity and of my permanent home in heaven over the past two weeks. The work that he’s doing here in this place continues to put me in awe of his ability to do far more than we could possibly ask or imagine.

You're so right Loi, God is EVERYTHING.


5 Comments

Sue:
August 29, 2014
Oh, Sarah--so many of us, for one reason or another have found that God is everywhere and everything--it's too bad that more people can't see and find Him with the joy and exuberance of your children! Prayers are with you all.
Shalom, and love
S
Melissa:
August 29, 2014
And I LOVE this! Thank you!
vi:
August 29, 2014
You are God's carrier of joy and love! Amazing to hear how well the children are doing with English!! You planted some seeds, gal…and they are growing. Enjoy each day!
You are loved, Vi
Susie:
August 29, 2014
Sarah,
I can just picture you surprising those kids! What a huge joy for them and you!! I'm so happy for you!
Yes, God is everything. Always.
Love you!
Jaynee and Claire:
September 10, 2014
Sarah! We pray for you often and it gives us joy to "see" your homecoming to these beautiful and precious lives. The smiles in the photos tell it all. What a difference Christ makes! Thank you for being willing to be His hands and feet there.... a taste of heaven
We love you!
Jaynee and Claire
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