Little Miracles

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Kerith Children’s Home

1003812_10151725944669462_1616839241_nI want to introduce you to an amazing, God-centered, and love filled place.  You might not expect to find happy children that dance and sing, a lot, that laugh and smile easily, and that love so freely in an orphanage.  But if you go to Kerith Children’s Home in Pallisa, Uganda, that is exactly what you will find.  When we arrived in Pallisa, the children were in school, however when we went back for dinner that night, the children greeted us with hugs and with singing and dancing.  Throughout our time there, whenever we were with the children, they hugged us, held our hands, and wanted to play with us.  They very quickly called me Auntie Meg, which is a term of endearment there; much like it is for us here in the States, though I had done nothing to deserve such sweet and honest love.

Kerith was founded and is run by Samuel and Mercy Mwesigwa.  To share part of their story, Mercy felt called to open an orphanage early on and God placed Pallisa on her heart.  Samuel is the son of a pastor in Buziika who runs Canaan Children’s Home and he said he didn’t want to start an orphanage because that’s what he had grown up with.  God did draw him to Pallisa and after driving there one day, he knew that was where God wanted him to live and do ministry after he finished college.  Samuel and Mercy met while attending college in Kenya and after several tries (it’s really quite funny to hear them tell the story), Mercy agreed to marry Samuel.  After they got married, they decided to follow through on God’s calling on Mercy’s life to start an orphanage and Kerith Children’s Home was born.  In the Bible, Kerith is the brook by which God sends Elijah when Jezebel seeks his life and where God sent ravens to feed Elijah.  God took care of Elijah by the brook Kerith, providing him with safety, food, and water.  This context makes Kerith the perfect name for this orphanage for that is exactly what God uses Samuel and Mercy’s ministry to do for the children that call Kerith home.

The children at Kerith are fed 3 times a day, they go to the school that Samuel and Mercy also founded, and attend the church Samuel pastors.  They are provided with clothes and they help in the ministries that Samuel and Mercy are a part of in Pallisa and the surrounding areas.  While I can not imagine what these children have been through to find themselves in an orphanage, they are surrounded by people who love them and care about them greatly at Kerith.  They have devotions every night before bed and when given the chance they love to sing for visitors that come to the orphanage.

Samuel and Mercy need help financially to keep Kerith running.  It takes a lot of money to house, feed, and provide clothes and schooling all the children that call the orphanage home.  They are also in the process of building a medical clinic in Pallisa which will be a very expensive project for them. I ask that you please join me in prayer for the donors that are needed to keep Kerith running financially.  969730_10151725924534462_235073076_n

With love,

Meg

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February re-capped

The past month has been pretty busy for us, as I’m sure it has for many of you.  Ben had a lot of extra rehearsals to prepare for the 3 performances of Elijah he performed at Bass Hall and the Gala for the music school at Southwestern.  While I enjoyed watching him perform, I am glad that we have those performances behind us.  My lag on posting has mainly been for the month of February so here’s a recap of the big things we did during the past month…

    • We got a little bit of snow at the beginning of February!  It wasn’t enough to shut down the seminary and the roads weren’t bad at all but it was still nice to see real snow falling out of the sky here.  Last time, we mostly had ice so the snow was a beautiful change. 
    • Presentation1We had a great time on Valentine’s day.  I was spoiled and received flowers from both my husband and my dad which was nice. 🙂  Ben and I went out to Red Lobster (which is special for us outside of the amazing food since that’s where we went to eat the night Ben asked me to be his girlfriend) and it was fantastic!  Then, we went to Pet Smart so I could pick out part of my present.  Meet Brutus, the newest addition to the Little household.   To end the night we had a s’mores pie I made (oh man it was incredible) and played Lord of the Rings monopoly until bed.
    • The day after Valentine’s day, we went over to Katie’s for a game night with some friends.  It was fun!
    • 11The last full weekend of February was reserved for Elijah.  Ben had a performance Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon.  We hung out with our friends Josh and Courtney Saturday and went out to eat downtown at a place called Torchy’s Tacos.  Let me tell you, I was trying to figure out when I can go back the minute we left!  Then Josh and Courtney accompanied me to watch Ben sing pretty at Bass Hall. The performance was great!  You may be wondering what I’ve been doing with all my spare alone time this past month.  Well, outside of cleaning, I’ve re-watched lots and lots of old episodes of The Mentalist…I’m sadly almost done with the seasons we own. 
    • The following Thursday was Gala at the seminary.  This concert is my favorite that I’ve been to of Ben’s so far, throughout the entire time we’ve been together!  There was a great variety of types of music with lots of different soloists.  And of course, Ben looked super snazzy in his get-up. DSC02819
    • Friday we got to go on a double date with Katie and Jonathan.  I went over to Katie’s apartment to get ready with her while Ben and Jonathan hung out at our apartment playing video games.  As you can see in the pictures, we straightened my hair for the first time in probably 2 or 3 years.  I decided I might try to do it more!  We went out to a hibachi place and had some great Japanese food and came back and played the game Pandemic that Jonathan introduced us to.  It’s such a fun game!

 

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And now we’re into March, looking to the fun we know is ahead for this month!

I hope February was a great month for you and that March is already off to a wonderful start!

With love,

Meg

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