DLM Newsletter June 2023
The second term of school started the end of May for our sponsored kids. Mama Fab and I distributed books (Ugandan notebooks) and pens/pencils to the kids during their first week of school.
Thursday, June 1, 2023
Settling into a new house is so exciting but sure is hard work! I am so grateful for this home!
To keep the tile floors from scratches, we placed felt pads on the office furniture, the beds, the tables and the chairs. Then Mama Fab and I began setting up the office. We still have a lot to do, but at least the filing cabinet with all the ministry files is in order and all my books are on the shelf. I worked on some other DLM business today, too. We finished hanging the remaining curtains. We also made a pumpkin cake this evening. It was delicious!
Shadow is loving her new farm!!! She enjoys the freedom to walk!
Praise God for Mama Fab for staying with me and helping me get settled in the new DLM Ministry home.
Friday, June 2, 2023
Still cleaning and organizing… and praising God for His blessings!
Sunday, June 4, 2023
This was my first time driving from the new house to Kampala to attend my church service and to lead the kids’ Bible Study. Mama Fab was with me, of course, and attended church with me along with two Bible study kids, but she remained at her home in Kampala when I returned home. The drive only took an hour and a half both ways. I’m thankful that Sundays have less traffic.
Since I’ve return from Rome, Italy, we read in Romans about Paul in Bible study. I showed them pictures from the places I visited in Rome regarding Paul’s time there.
It was a long but blessed day. Being with the kids in Bible study always encourages my heart. Glory to God Alone!
Friday, June 9, 2023
It’s so beautiful here. I love sitting outside on the verandah in prayer while being surrounded by God’s creation. The sunsets are still stunning, as well. Glory to God Alone! We also had a bat enter the house from outside this evening! 🤪
Saturday, June 10, 2023
This afternoon was spent organizing and paying government taxes and social security for Mama Fab, our only DLM employee. Then, Ashley and I spent about 2 hours working on reconciling our US and Ugandan bank accounts. It’s been a productive day administratively. None of this would even be possible without the financial support from so many generous individuals and churches. Glory to God!
Sunday, June 11, 2023
It was another blessed day! Week 2 of driving into Kampala on Sunday for church and Bible study. As I was driving to church, a police lady stopped me at one of the normal traffic stops and asked me for a lift to the next city on the way to Kampala. I took her, and it was such an awesome time of sharing the gospel with her. Before she got out, I was able to pray with her. I’m so thankful God gave me that opportunity to be obedient to His command to share the gospel and even receive the blessing! Glory to God Alone!
I went with three Bible study boys to church before going to the school for Bible study with the other kids. We have about 18 in Bible study this year. Mama Fab is always there and goes to buy the sodas and snacks.
We are learning the attributes of God. This week we looked at how God is Infinite, meaning he is not limited to be measured by time or space. We looked at different verses written by David, Solomon, Isaiah, and Paul that all made reference to God being infinite. I always love Bible study with the kids and growing in our knowledge of God and His Word!
Saturday, June 17, 2023
My fur babies are adjusting nicely to village life! Shadow is my German Shepherd. My cats are America, Uganda, Tanzania (Tanzi) and Zambia (Zambi). They all love the freedom to roam within the 2 acre ministry home fenced compound.
Sunday, June 18, 2023
This was the third Sunday of traveling to Kampala. It took a little less than an hour and a half to reach, which is the quickest I’ve made the journey. The travel time depends completely on the jam (traffic) on that day and the time of day. Leaving the house just 30 minutes later, I could find jam coming into town that makes the journey over 2 hours.
Mama Fab and I went to church together. Then, we had Bible study at the school where our sponsored children attend. We are learning about the attributes of God, thanks to Little Pilgrim’s Theology’s wonderful curriculum.
That day we studied how God is Holy. The curriculum summed it up by saying “He is separate from all else being morally perfect, free from sin, and immeasurably great.”
Then, they read and marked various verses in their Bibles that explain how God is Holy. One of our verses was 1 John 1:5. “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all."
It was such a wonderful day.
Listen to one of the Bible study children praying. He is not a sponsored child but has been a part of Bible study for the past couple of years because he lives at the school in the boarding section. His prayer really blessed me!
Glory to God Alone!
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Mama Fab came a couple days ago to help me with some cleaning. I am so blessed by her. We also enjoyed some time reading the Bible together and praying! A kitten was found in the bush within our compound. Looks like we may have another cat! Haha! In keeping with the African country themed names, the kitten's name is Kenya! We already have Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, and now Kenya.
Mama Fab and I will leave around 7 a.m. to travel to Kampala for church and Bible study with the kids on Sunday. Glory to God for His blessings!
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Today the drive to Kampala felt quicker than usual because I had Mama Fab as my passenger. We picked up a few boys who attend Jeholand school and then went to Church. After church we headed to Bible study time! Continuing with our study on theology proper (the attributes of God), we moved on to God being just.
I had the students act out a court hearing. Half the class was defending while the other half was prosecuting a pretend incident where one child shoved another child. We talked about how the judge wouldn’t be just if he gave an innocent verdict to a guilty person without any price to pay. Then we related it to God. God is Holy, and we are all guilty of sinning against Him. He wouldn’t be just if he let us go as innocent without a price being paid. However, Christ paid the price on behalf of His people. Therefore, they are now seen as righteous before God, the judge.
One of the verses we focused on was from the passage in Romans 3:19-26.
“Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.”
Glory to God alone for being Holy and just and also providing Jesus as a sacrifice to pay the price for His people!!
To say that moving from one house to another is tough is an understatement. I continue to unpack bags and containers of items. Mama Fab continues to come every week or so to help with setting up the house. I am slowly making progress with organizing and setting up the guest bedrooms. Curtains have been hung, and bedsheets have been washed. We are ready for visitors to come! Aside from daily quiet time and keeping house, my animals keep me company, keep me laughing and keep me busy!!! :) DLM's Educational Sponsorship outreach is still going strong and providing educational opportunities for many impoverished children in the Kabowa community of Kampala. I do not teach or work for the school where our children attend, so I am limited in my interactions with them during the school day. Mama Fab checks in with the school everyday during the week to check on attendance and to handle any issues with the children. Of course, when medical needs arise, DLM helps! While the Educational Sponsorship and Bible Study outreaches are doing great, I look forward to the day when the school is built, and I'll be able to love on our sponsored children every day!!!! Please pray with us that God will soon provide the funding for Delight in the Lord Primary Boarding School.
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Soli Deo Gloria ~ Glory to God Alone