Becky taught a first aid class for the teachers this morning followed by one for the Primary 7 class, which would be similar to our 7th grade. She had Joel (one of Rev. John’s sons), help with demonstration.
After the classes, we traveled back into the village community and met Joan, a mother of 8. She lives with her 5 youngest children in her mud hut built by the local church when her grass hut was no longer inhabitable. I asked whether or not she was aware of the family planning methods available to her. She tried some in the past but had some side effects with it so stopped it and never went back. It is this type of situation and others that makes the work that Rev. John and others are doing at the school so very important. They are educating a new generation, capable of changing the status quo and bringing Uganda into a new era.
Before leaving, we prayed with Joan. What could we possibly pray for that would be helpful? I was then reminded of words from the book In God’s Presence by Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, which was used in the recent class on prayer at FPC.
“ Prayer is a partnership with God, not a manipulation of God.”
“God works with the world as it is to lead it to where it can be.”
“Prayer is prompted by God and released to God”
It is then out of our hands. I don’t know what God will do with our prayer. I only trust that it is in His hands.
I can’t believe we’ve been here one week already. One of the great rewards of this trip has been the opportunity to develop deeper relationships with people here. Having time to just sit and listen to their stories as well as their hopes and dreams for the future has been a blessing.