First Two Weeks of Parenthood

Verse for the first two weeks of parenthood:
Php 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Most people don’t know this but, Gavriella is my first baby…ever. Never had a sibling, no younger cousins, and no infant experiences in my past. So almost everything about her is a surprise. Yes, I confess, I am the mom who learned how to change a diaper from the net, thank you.
This morning, I found her covered in pox marks. Of course, I panicked because our village just buried a child who died of measles. Well, it turned out to be only on one part of her face and we believe it is the result of around 30 mosquito bites. How they made it under her net I have no clue! She looks pitiful, but is happy as ever. So as I sit her anxiously awaiting malaria symptoms, BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING…PRAY…And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Our Busy, Busy Tata (Grandmother)

In John’s culture, it is the responsibility of the mother in law to check in on her daughter-in-law when she is pregnant to make sure that she is faring along well. So John’s mom came for a visit. She wasn’t expecting me to go into labor the same day she arrived. Anyways, she has been quite busy. She has been taking care of John’s sister’s newborn, now ours, and now, two days later, my other sister-in-law just went into labor! I don’t know if I have ever seen such a busy grandmother! Anyways, Gavriella is having to cope without her constant undivided attention.

She Finally Made It!

Thank you so very much to everyone who has been praying for our little one. After 30 hours of natural child birth, our baby girl was born on Monday morning at 1:30 am. Her name is Gavriella Joy Apolot. Our pastor, Dr Juventine Emuku, was the one who delivered her, and if it were not for God using him, she would have been completely stuck behind my small hip. Calvary Chapel’s newly established hospital is the only modern, clean facility in our region. We were enormously blessed.

When You Don’t Know You’re Being Watched

jinja-visitors-calvary-chapelMy phone started ringing as I was driving to the market today. I saw it was someone from Jinja and figured I’d call them back later when I wasn’t driving through an intersection. Well, who would have ever thought they were at the intersection watching me not pick the phone! It was such a great surprise having Moro Steven Collins and Simon Peter show up at our house a few hours later. We were very encouraged that they took the time to stop in and say “Hi.” (Pastor Steven is the one who married John and I. Simon Peter went through school of ministry with John and has been on many mission trips with both of us).

Student Presentations

btcp-student-studying This week is Biographical Study Methods and everyone is busy presenting their research to John and me. So far, we have learned about Joab, Melchizedek, Lot, Paul, Joseph, Moses, and Ezra. Things have been so interesting even house help is coming to sit in on evaluations. It’s great seeing them practice their teaching skills as we help them improve.


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Fighting Starvation Starts with Compost

Our students have been working hard. We have 7 compost piles on our compound. Other than that, the church congregation in the village has been busy. They have another 23 piles! This makes for a total of 30 piles of compost which is enough material for 60 raised beds. Pretty impressive for one month’s work by two dedicated Bible students who what to help their community.compost-pile-organic-ministry-africacollecting-compost-africacompost-pile-farming-oganic-training-africacompost3
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God’s Provision

We received some very good news yesterday. My application for a work permit was approved for three years! It has just been by God’s mercy that I have been able to stay with my husband for the last year on random different passes. We are so grateful for the friends who have helped us in this area. My mind has always been at peace that God would make a way and that I wouldn’t be separated from my husband and our baby girl a month after she’s born, but hearing the official news is wonderful.