Sunday, February 9, 2014

When daddy is away, the girls will play.

For those of you who don't know, we're currently in Kampala and will be here through the beginning of March. Terrill has been asked to assist with an orthography (alphabet) workshop to revise the alphabet for the Ateso people of eastern Uganda. Last week he was away from 7am-6pm every day. Thank God he has the weekends off! 

So what are the girls doing? Last week I tackled errands every morning and dragged the girls in the car along with me. My goal was to get one errand accomplished per day, then to do something fun with the girls. After nap-time, we usually have an hour of preschool activities and then I make dinner. 

One place I've been really thankful for is the Makindye Country Club (formerly the American Recreation Association sponsored by the US Embassy). After paying a small fee, I have the rights of membership for a week. Mostly we just make use of the swimming pool and playground though. So this is what we've been up to...
My girls are both learning about table manners, including how to use a knife. They both like to eat...but the knives brought a playful diversion to their normally ravenous appetites.
 They've been sliding...
 Swinging...
 Jumping...
 Climbing...
And tying things up. I remember when my twin brothers used to tie my mom up and she would plead with them to untie her. In my case, I make the girls practice on each other rather than me.
The girls are also reaching some other milestones this week. They both learned to tread water in the deep pool with floaties on and can now swim the length of the pool by themselves. Lemu still likes me to be close by, but Janet is unstoppable and daring.

They also went to Sunday school this morning for the first time. Although we've had them for ten months now, we've been reticent to leave them because of their past and abandonment issues. Lemu especially does not like to be left at night. But this morning was so different. We walked into a bright classroom where they were greeted by two friendly teachers. Colors and paper were on the table ready to be utilized. They both chose a seat and got to work. When I asked it they'd be okay, they didn't give me even a sideways glance as they shook their heads and waved me off. I left the room uncertainly, wondering if I'd be called back in. Two hours later and I found my girls smiling and happy to have attended their first Sunday school. Thank the Lord for this opportunity for them to interact socially with other kids of Christian families. It's one of those things we wish we could transport from home to the mission field.

One other milestone we reached is that they both asked to say the sinner's prayer with me after breakfast one morning. We had been in a doctor's office the day prior and they were thinking about a Catholic picture of Jesus they had seen. Janet burst out crying (she is SO sensitive and tender) in the office and was almost unconsolable. But as I calmly spoke to her, she calmed down and started asking questions about the picture. I explained to them their need for Jesus to be the Lord of their lives and that He had to die so we could live with Him ever after. The next morning, they wanted to ask Him into their hearts. They wanted His help to stop doing the bad things and start doing good things. It was almost too easy....and surreal. They wanted Him. I did not have to convince or force or coerce them into believing. If only it was that easy introducing adults to Jesus. I still don't know how much they understand, but I feel like the Lord is working and they definitely have an awareness of Him. May He firmly embed Himself in their hearts!

7 comments:

The Reeds said...

Oh Amber how wonderful! What a wonderful post to be able to write. The girls seem to have grown so much in these past few months in so many ways... How beautiful.

Notinthewild said...

A post so all-around magnificent it is hard to know how to comment. :)

Pastor O said...

Thanks so much for sharing your life with us, Amber. Folks here at SCC read this and are encouraged! So grateful to hear how quickly He has been at work in the lives of your girls.

Rich and Sally Hoffman said...

"When shown that the SON is THE WAY, the GIRLS will PRAY"☺☺☺!!! HOW we have hoped, longed, and prayed OURSELVES for THIS DAY to come. Our OWN eyes are filled with TEARS of GRATITUDE for our HEAVENLY FATHER'S ANSWERING them so QUICKLY, and from now on we will have the JOY of hearing how His SPIRIT will be working in them daily to GROW His two new children, with the continued loving discipleship of two very Godly earthly parents☺☺☺☺.

Ruby&Monroe said...

So awesome, brought tears to see how receptive the girls are to Jesus, Seeing people in physical pain is probably more real to them, than us in the states. may the seed that is planted in their tender hearts continue to grow! Blessings to you

Ruby&Monroe said...

niteare

Larry said...

Great narrative! Loved seeing the power of the Gospel playing out in daily life. Truly awesome… Although it's been awhile, love catching up… ;-)