One of the areas that God has been working in my life is keeping my eyes focused on Him and His plans. Things here run on a very different time table than we are used to. Most things start much later and no one is on time. You are lucky if you have 2 days to know when something is. Funerals take place the next day and they can change your plans suddenly. Sickness pops up quickly and severely. For someone that loves to plan and does not like change, this has been hard on me. In my daily devotionals lately, most of them are about following the Lord and trusting in Him and following Him where He wants to go. Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. The following is a story that has strengthened my faith in Him in this area.
One Sunday we went to a different church due to a transportation issue. On that day, they were happening to have a meeting with all the women from the church about going to visit an orphanage. Even in the inconvenience of not being able to drive, the Lord was directing our path. Miriam and I were able to visit that orphanage with them.
We took a bus ride. Miriam loves busses and was very excited about this. Some individuals have asked how going to an orphanage effects Miriam. At this point Miriam loves visiting any place because she loves children and playing with them. She instantly jumped off the bus and went to run and play with her friends. I slowly got off the bus and had taken 2 steps when the most adorable little boy came running at me and wanted picked up, he was stuck like glue to me for most of the day.
There are 65 children living at this orphanage. The youngest child was just brought to them and is 2 months old. Currently they have 25 children that are under 5 years old. The other 30 children are in primary and secondary school. They have 5 children that have graduated and are awaiting college and 5 more children that are already enrolled in University. There is one child her name is Sella and she has been accepted and hopes to start university in June but does not have her funds yet. If you are interested in sponsoring her please contact us today at Luke.Jamie.Ulrich@gmail.com.
All of these children are orphans and do not have family to take care of them. A few of them have extended family that come to visit them. The facility is continually getting additional children.
Walking through the facility, there was one word that continually was being shown to me, ‘Love’. All of the staff had this amazing love that they showed over and over again to the children. The babies were being held and taken care of. Everyone was pitching in and doing laundry, preparing the food, and taking care of the daily needs of the kids. They are definitely fulfilling the scripture of James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
The facility is doing a wonderful job of trying to be self-sustaining. They have 200 chickens that produce an egg a day. They use these for eating and they also sell some eggs to the surrounding communities. They have a garden where they are producing food for the children to eat. They still live day to day to provide for all the needs. Please continue to pray that God will continue to meet their needs and for any future children that will be brought to the facility.
It was a joy to meet the staff and to meet the children. Miriam wanted to play, so I did not attend the entire presentation. This gave me the wonderful opportunity to just play with some of the children. We hope to continue to visit this location often. Thank You for praying for this wonderful place.