I was having coffee with a friend last week and we started talking about how the world we live in is full of pain and suffering. People around us getting sick, being hurt and diagnosed with terminal cancer. The news is filled with horrific stories and brutal attacks to innocent people. Sometimes it’s so hard to find God in these stories. But then our conversation shifted to talking about how life shouldn’t be about seeing the negative in the world around us, but rather focusing on the blessings we have in our lives.
I remember sitting in the Mawanga Church of God one Sunday and hearing person after person going to the front of the church to share testimonies. I remember one woman sharing how she was so sick with malaria and didn’t have the energy to get to the clinic for treatment but yet she thanked God that she was able to make it to get what she needed so she could come to church on Sunday to worship her Saviour.
As my friend and I were reflecting, I couldn’t help but think about how it’s so easy to see the bad around us in the world. We are bombarded with negativity all the time and sometimes it’s hard to see God’s blessings that flood our lives every single day.
But God really does shower us with his blessings continually throughout the day. We just have to make the choice to see his provision and protection in our lives. When I think about the widows and orphans that are a part of ROWAN, I can’t help but be reminded of the incredible hope and joy that God has brought into their lives. Many of them have come from some very difficult and hard situations. Yet they choose to worship a God that provides. This is something that I desire to do daily: to see God’s blessings, even in the small things.
How can you help?
Please consider sponsoring one of the widows or orphans from Eastern Uganda. You can help to provide them with opportunities that they would not have the chance to experience. Through your sponsorship, ROWAN will provide education, health care, entrepreneurship, and many moments where your sponsored widow or orphan will experience the love, protection and blessings of God.
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Due to it’s equatorial location & abundant fresh water, the sheer density of wildlife in Uganda can make your head spin. There are (well) over 1000 confirmed bird species found in the country alone. And what birds, some of them look like runway models! We are so excited about this fun series on birds. Last week we looked at the lovely Violet-backed Starling & today we will meet another handsome member of the starling family, the Red-winged Starling. Continue reading “Birds of Uganda – Red-Winged Starling”
Welcome to another flashback Friday, featuring beautiful portraits of the amazing people of ROWAN. We are truly enjoying the process of looking back through photographs & seeing just how far we’ve come! Some of those featured have encountered serious struggles, but that makes their smiles all the more divine.
Continue reading “The Amazing Kids of ROWAN: Michael”
At ROWAN a large portion of what we do is help young people whose lives have been directly affected by HIV/AIDS. Our primary objectives are ensuring everyone is has enough to eat, adequate health care & opportunities for a decent education. Your donations & sponsorships help us do this, allowing us to focus on the important things: hugging, loving & building a future for those who need it.
Continue reading “Sponsor Young Jackson Katema”
Welcome to another flashback Wednesday, featuring beautiful portraits of the amazing women & children of ROWAN. We are really enjoying the process of going back through photos & seeing just how far we’ve come! Some of those featured have encountered serious struggles, but that makes their smiles all the more divine.
Continue reading “The Amazing Kids of ROWAN: Maureen”
I really didn’t believe my friend when she told me that the best chicken in the world can be bought on the side of the highway between Kampala and Jinja. She claimed that it not only tasted the best, but it was a fun experience as well. If you have ever travelled the highway I am talking about through Mabira Forest, you know exactly what I am talking about.
All you need to do is pull your vehicle over to the side of the road and you will very quickly be surrounded by people dressed in blue aprons with numbers on them. They will be carrying a variety of items from water, fanta, soda, ngonga (roasted banana wrapped in newspaper), meat on a stick, bananas and the famous chicken on a stick.
The best part about this experience is watching the vendors. They will surround a matatu or vehicle but if they don’t make a sale in the first few minutes, they will leave. But if another vehicle pulls up, they will dash to that one hoping to be at the window of a person hoping to buy their product. The best is when a bus pulls up. I don’t think I have ever seen people drop what they are doing to chase down customers on a bus as fast as “the blue apron” people. They can barely reach the windows to sell their product, but they manage as best as they can.
Now as I said, the chicken on a stick is the best in the world. Why? you ask. Well, it’s salty, perfectly roasted and a little crispy. But eating it in the back of a matatu when you are sweaty and squished is the best part. The windows are down, as you barrel down the highway, and every single bite makes the dangerous drive on this highway way more worth it. For me, I know that if I end up in a head on collision with another vehicle because my taxi driver was passing a sugar cane truck and another matatu side by side, I will have had the best meal ever as my last.