As you may know from reading my previous blogs, we as a family have not been without our ups and downs. But we are very blessed indeed. There have been many different kinds of struggles and trials, as I am sure that most families face - each in their own way. But how can we not feel thankful when we live in a country that has freedom to worship and pray and sing about Jesus. We have clean water at the touch of our hand. Most of us have a roof over our heads and dry and comfortable places to sleep and eat. And most of us have food to eat each day. When you watch the news from around the world, you know just how blessed we are in the United States.
Today I am thankful for this little boy and being able to connect with him.
His name is Stephene and he is 9 years old. He lives in a village in western Uganda. You can read about the village and the great needs that they are facing at this web page Ayera Transformation Project. Stephene goes to the Ayera Royal Academy and is in third grade. He has not been well physically but is better now that he is going to school. A very small donation helps pay for not only his schooling but also provides food for him and a chance to learn about Jesus. I am so thankful today for the people that Jesus has put into my life that bring these kind of connections. Sometimes the needs around the world look so big that you feel like you can't do anything about them. But today, I am feeling blessed to be able to touch Stephene and share out of the bounty that Jesus has given to my family.
Yes, this feeling thankful blog comes right after my blog about not being afraid to fail. Isn't it true that most of us would like to do SOMETHING to help, but are afraid to step out. Today I am reminded that each one of us just needs to do their part. None of us have to do it all. If we all just touch one person, that is enough. I have high hopes for Stephene! I believe that Jesus has a plan and a purpose for his life that will have a ripple effect and touch many. Just imagine what a difference we could make if each one of you just found one person to impact for Jesus today. Maybe it is a neighbor or friend of even a family member or maybe it is a little boy in Uganda. Let's all do this. We can't fail because Jesus is in this! We can change the world - one person at a time!
Jesus, thank you for the many blessings you have poured into my life. Thank you for my family - especially my wonderful mom. What a great privilege it is to live in the United States. Help us all to find the one that needs our help and encouragement. Thank you for Pam and Okaka Dokotum and their work in Uganda. Holy Spirit, continue to provide all that is needed in their ministry. Jesus, thank you for the blessing of children and grandchildren. Amen