DLM Newsletter March 2022
First Week of March
I spent Saturday afternoon at the school continuing to counsel and guide the girls in sexual purity and glorifying God in that way. We are very blessed to have a friend from my church, Brother Emmanuel (Emma), to come and share and counsel the boys, as well. We praise God for the chance to pour into the lives of these kids and pray they honor and glorify God with their lives. Of course, we had a snack, too! The preferred snacks are chapati (like a fried tortilla) and soda. We were blessed to have 25 girls and 26 boys participate today.
I returned to the school on Sunday afternoon for our weekly Bible study. One of the aspects of Bible study is learning the words and singing hymns. Today, the children were singing the “Doxology”.
Week of March 7
The fencing project has been on pause for the last couple of weeks while we've been focusing on grading the land and access road. It is a big job as grading is not just flattening the land. The architect and land surveyor have been guiding the grading to be sure that all buildings fit properly on the land. In one of the videos, the front end loader and dump trucks are working together to build a level for the pitch or soccer field. This area is wet and requires additional dirt. This part of the grading is a very long process. Once the grading is complete, we will begin placing the concrete poles along the perimeter for the fence. Glory be to God!
At the end of the calendar year, all Primary 7 children will take the PLE (Primary Leaving Exam). The PLE is a country-wide test that determines if P7 children are ready to advance to secondary school. Children must pay $50 to register to take the PLE. The test is administered on certain days and at certain qualified locations. We have 7 sponsored children in P7, so I made a visit to school this week to pay the registration fees for them.
This week in Bible study children had to recite our memory verses!
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 ESV
“And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”” Acts 16:31 ESV
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 ESV
Week of March 14
I visited the school this week to make sure all the kids received their new uniforms. Don’t they look “smart”? The word smart is used for describing someone looking nice. I also was a “substitute teacher” today, spending two hours with P6 doing a Bible quiz game and explaining the answers as we played. The winners got a lollipop!
I always look forward to seeing Sam and Sisco and the boys. On Friday, Sisco, Galen, and Gabe came over for a few hours. Galen, 4 years old, is sponsored through DLM and is in the baby class at a local school near their home. Gabe is now 7 months old and growing so fast! I can’t believe it’s been that long since I witnessed his birth. It was nice seeing them as I haven’t seen them since I left for America back in December. Sam was working today but he’ll come next time. God has blessed me with amazing Ugandan friends! I first met Sam in 2017 through a Bible study hosted by the international Christian church that we were attending. I later met Sisco and their sweet baby girl, Salome. Sadly, Salome passed away in 2018 at the age of three.
On Saturday, I was able to meet with the older girls again as we continued to talk about purity and how that connects to glorifying God which is our purpose. We also talked of salvation today and how we are dead in our sins before God made us alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:5). Brother Emma continued teaching about purity with the older boys. I am always thankful to have him encourage and teach “my boys”! Glory to God alone!
In Bible study this week, we did a bit of shading (coloring) a sheet. We continued with our questions and answers to learn about justification and sanctification. We spent some time discussing what it means to repent and who will be saved. I love meeting with these kids each week. It’s a blessing to see them soak up these Biblical truths, scriptures, and hymns! Glory to God alone!!
Week of March 21
Delight in the Lord Ministries held its 5K back in January. The proceeds were designated for our medical outreach. One of my Ugandan friends is pregnant and our ministry is able to help her with the pregnancy. She went for an ultrasound this week. It only costs $10. Praise the Lord for a ministry that can help those in need and for a healthy baby! Thank you, 5K participants and so many others, for supporting DLM’s medical outreach!
This week in Bible study, we were learning the 5 solas! We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. We trust in the Word alone, all for the glory of our God alone!
Week of March 28
This week was a busy week as I was very humbled to be a part of a Christian conference being held by the church I attend. We traveled about five hours away from the capital, Kampala, where I live, to reach the town of Kapchorwa. Each afternoon, I was able to share God’s truths with the young preschool aged children. We talked of God’s creation and learned that God made everything. We even shaded sheets that went along with our lesson. Here coloring with crayons or colored pencils is called shading.
Of course, I had several Ugandan women helping me and translating for the children.
After the conference on the first day, I was able to see my friend Sisco’s family that lives in this part of Uganda. I came a few years ago with her for a short visit. It’s about 5 hours from where we stay in the capital. So since I’m here for the 3 day conference, I was able to go visit her family again. I was able to buy some soap, sugar, and cooking oil for them because of DLM’s community outreach. We thank God for all who give to this ministry! I invited Sisco’s mom to attend the conference, and she and Sisco’s sister came on the final day. All glory to God!