While the Rugby-World-Cup-Fever is raging
with the New Zealand "All Blacks" playing tonight -
yup, even at this German/American-family - house
my thoughts drift to our big son in Uganda:
Seeing him again on this past trip was bitter-sweet.
Of course, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE him!!!
|at a local African Restaurant, sharing lunch|
He's a wonderful young man!
But I felt some - or rather lots - of pain and loss in him this time.
Last time, he was just so thrilled just to see us,
(as he's been calling us for years now, even though we've just been sponsoring him)
This time he was more vulnerable.
He shared with me how hard it was growing up without parents.
He's had a very hard year,
been sick lots - even at the hospital several times -
his grandmother being very sick
and a LOT of pressure on him
to provide for the extended family.
To somehow come up with money for this and that need.
Here you are just barely 20
still at (mechanic) school
and you are expected to provide for a whole extended family.
Because you're the most educated.
|isn't he a handsome young man?!!|
What struck me the hardest was after he said good-bye and walked off to his dormitory
I watched him walking away
and he just looked so - how can I say??? - beaten up.
Not literally, but in his spirit.
with an orphan-spirit.
And yes, he does know God - somewhat - but
What a contrast to the young men I saw at the "Orphans Know More" families.
WHAT A CONTRAST!!!
They all started out as orphans.
But our Richard JUST got an education through our sponsorship.
Yes, an occasional spiritual input.
But what he REALLY NEEDED was a FAMILY!
Parents that care for him,
provide for him
walk through all life's ups and downs with him
and help bring him to a place of HEALING
and SONSHIP -
not just literally, but spiritually!
My heart is aching for you tonight, Richard!
I am sorry that we cannot be the kind of parents to you that you need.
We are not there for you.
We don't even hardly know you.
We are so sorry.
All we can do is PRAY that - somehow - God would give you a revelation of himself as your father and mother - and you as his son!
We love you so much!!!
You did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear,
but you received the Spirit of SONSHIP.
And by him we cry: "Daddy".
P.S.: I think he also really missed his Dad Rich this time!!!