This is Sam- we want him.
Sam lives at Sangaalo Babies
with an amazing woman, Damalie, called by then Lord to fill her home with babies.
Healthy babies, sick babies, babies
abandoned by young mothers and
babies left on the street. Damalie, does this in a 5 room home with no running water, no stove, no oven and no refrigerator.
Currently, Sangaalo has 13 babies. We visited with 10. Three are in the hospital.
Damalie, serves these babies although she has nothing. The Lord faithfully provides exactly what she needs, precisely when she needs it.
NEED is the word here. Our needs- back at home, are very different. We need to get a job, need to find a different house, need to get a second car. Today the phrase that caught me and spun like a top in my head was that "Sangaalo doesn't really need an oven".
Let's rewind- the group was discussing how much we, as a team, would bless each ministry with financially and for what purpose. Very practical conversation. We had $3600 for monetary donations. Clearly, how to divide it up is important and a really amazing opportunity for all of us to get to be the decision makers. After dividing up the funds equally, we made some alterations - based on our vast experiences of 2 days.
Sangaalo needed a fridge. Formula goes bad, meds need to be kept cold. No brainier! What about the oven? Stove? Chicken pen?
The list goes on and on. First, we know that we cannot help everyone, do everything, fix every issue. Contrary to what many believe, missionaries are not usually even trying to. We are thrilled that we get to be witness to what the Lord is doing in people's lives everywhere. But that human side, wants to make sure that we are using the resources, clearly provided by Him to the right place for the right purpose.
But, when was the last time you said to anyone, "you don't actually need a stove or oven?" ( or any actual surface to cook on). It isn't that Sangaalo really doesn't need a cooktop, it is that they need so many other things more.
I find this more multi-dimensional than I can currently put into words. And Richard and I are working through it- talking through it.
Our immediate, go with the gut response is pretty clear. Do a 1 ministry focused ST mission trip with a bunch of baby loving people, who can serve Sangaalo in a way that the needs become more like other orphanages- formula, baby clothes, diapers. Not a fence and gate to keep out the child sacrificing tribal groups surrounding the house, some type of attainable water source, and a mechanism other than a bonfire to prepare meals on. These are the current needs.
This means a serving spirit, laboring hands and money. If you could see the miracle that is already there - the enormity of need far pales in comparison. That is the plan for now. It's only been a few hours- we will get back to you.
PS- By the end of our time in Uganda, some of our other team members also thought a stove was a legitimate need and used the generous donations from their personal donations to purchase one.
I promise you will all be hearing more about Sangaalo Babies!