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One of my mentores

I joined a fellowship  at Worship harvest two years ago, which Berna Amadoi,was leading.To be honest I wasn’t sure I was going to stay in that space, did I fit well? I was not sure.I went for the meetings quite late, most of the times if not all the times, when I went. The leader was so gracious to me She always welcomed me like she was expecting me.For.me it felt like that one sheep that Jesus goes to look out for leaving the 99. I was treated in a special way that i felt i didnt deserve.But I know that Jesus looks out for us.With that kind and even more love.

My missional leader was so intional , she put in her all to teach me things tgat she didnt even tell me she was teaching me.I learned from  her alot of what she did for me.That time I was expecting our third born.I was invited to every hung they had.They wanted me to know them better .They all were intentional on loving me.

I  got to meet Francis and Evelyn, they were so nice to me.They always offered to drop me off, they actually insisted I didn’t have to call someone to come pick me up.Thank you so so much the Kiwanas.

Rossie was also gracious to me .A very inteligent  and yet so down to earth friend that I have grown to love.Thank you Rossie.

Anna Sunshine, I loved and still love your laughter your sense of humour, and your love for Jesus.I loved your zeal in that fellowship.You always made me special.

Lisa , Jean ,Brain, and Derrick.I have made permant friendship with you all.I love how you love me.We have made friendships that last.Am forever grateful.

Along the way I gave birth to our third baby Charis and my  ,she was so their.She came  with other leaders, she prayed for us, I barely knew her , but from that time I knew she loved me.Berna looked out for me and still looks out for me.I defiantly stayed and started to love the small group.

Berna taught me to look out for other people.She taught me withought telling me, she just demonstrated it to me and that was good enough.

Berna is a very good teacher, those people that teach in the most simple way , and it is very easy to follow and even learn from what she is teaching.

Berna has a an admirable relationship with her father.It is always intresting to hear her say ,how she was discussing with God, or how she will say God what is it you want me to do.I love that about Berna.

If you want to ask her what she thinks she will refer you to Jesus. Sometimes that’s not what you want to hear but yes, I have learned to consult with Jesus from her.

Berna is an author, she has written an incredible book How to hear God’s Voice, and if you want to hear God’s Voice seriously I recommend this book.

Berna loves children , and am so thankful that she has taken on our children like they are her very own.She will take them for the children Missional community activities, take them for icecream, talk to them.I am grateful Berna.

Berna is so selfless.She will help in every way possible , she  is a sister I have meet on this journey.

Berna loves Jesus to be shared in every place she will be in .A true representation of Jesus.She will want to tell everyone how much Jesus loves them.Am so so glad our paths meet.

I love you and I thank God our paths crossed.

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Hellen You are loved.

On my mind is auntie Hellen.A lady that I meet fifteen years ago , who has been a great Joy.

I met Hellen at a close friends home, and what was special about her? Hellen is one very unique person that everyone needs in their entire lives.For those that have known Hellen longer than myself , they still know that she is so selfless.Hellen is this person who will take on another person’s burden, Joy, celebration as if it was her own.

She is a mother, a friend ,a sister a daughter, a colleague and everything good you know about.She has this strength of bringing people together, and bringing harmony.Even in a bad situation you will always find something nice to celebrate in the situation.

Hellen works like there s no other day.She does every thing with her all.She is these people who multi task and when I say this I don’t mean two activities or tasks.Multiple. She is excellent.

Hellen I celebrate you.I thank God for you, for your passion to work, for all the effort that you put.Thank you Hellen for making an effort to put a smile on people’s faces.Thank you for teaching me to always be grateful

Thank you for keeping a ray of hope, and making spaces brighter.

I celebrate the beauty in you.And I pray that you will always shine.That you will know that you a muchly appreciated . That you have the awareness of you are strengthened by God.That you will always be reminded that you are not alone.That the Lord will always be with you.

I pray that you will always be refreshed as you have refreshed others.You are blessed and yes you are a blessing.I love you auntie Hellen.

My Sisters in kigali

At the end of September this year , I arranged with my friend , Susan that it was the right time to rest.Change environment and have some time for me .This was favourable because my   children were on holiday, and had to visit their grand parents which is the normal routine.

When I arrived in Kigali, Susan picked me up, and I was like VIP from then on.She had my holiday well planned , it was around the same time she got leave.This worked out really well.And during th is time we had planned a baby shower for our other Sister Grace, and here I was going to meet with Lilian as well.

We had an awesome time , I was so loved on treated like a queen. I so much appreciate my sisters.They are so generous.

Today as I gave thanks you were so much on my mind

Thank you so much for being selfless.For thinking about me, for loving and taking care of me as if I was a child.Thank you for your time

Am so thankful to God that you three are in my life.You so much spoiled me, took me to good places, allowed me to rest and that I can never forget.

I celebrate you today, and I pray that the Lord will enrich you.That he will enlarge your territory ,That he will bless you a hundred fold

Thank you so so much for being special.

Awesome Teachers.

My Favourite Teacher Mrs K ,made it her obligation to make us all happy while we were growing up and going through school . She made school so fun that we always looked forward to going back to school .

Because of how she always made us feel we didn’t know how to make her happy the way we thought she deserved.

This one time was her 70th birthday and we wanted to surprise her , so we stole her phone and copied all her contacts and we started contacting and inviting her old and best of friends to a surprise birthday at her house . People traveled and were booked in hotels a day before her birthday.

On the morning of her birthday her daughter took her out to a beauty parlour while the work at home commenced , and visitors arrived . By the time she returned she could not believe that was her house and that everyone had gathered to celebrate her . She definitely cried but tears of joy and happiness , she was overwhelmed and felt so loved.

At this I thought at how much it would mean to celebrate our teachers , those that taught us in primary school, that did everything they could for us to be.

Teachers you are instrumental in many ways.I thank God for you, for your time, your hard work and I with many others are so proud of you. Stella Kahijiriza, Dr Kahigiriza, Mwarimu Nyagatale(RIP), Mwalimu Hajje Gashegu(RIP),TR Flavior, Mr Tumushime Davis, Robert Seruhogyi, you are so special.Keep shining.

Thank you for your diligence.

STRENGTH IN JESUS

One of my special friends turns 30, and is so amazed at the revelation of Gods love for his people and for her in particular. Loosing her biological parents at an early stage in her life opened her up to so many insecurities and feelings of inadequacy that she imagined children who grew up with their parents weren’t facing.

Don’t get me wrong she has such a loving and supportive family and this isn’t a reflection in how they treated or raised her. it’s about the feeling of loss that no one can take away except God. Most of her early years are a blur really but one thing she remembers is that she was angry at God for a while. She adored her biological parents and felt like life would have been easier or even better had they had the privilege of living a long life.

For a longtime when she experienced hurt or any form of anguish, it always took her back to those moments of her parents death. She was unable to move away from that pain. She had to find a way of coping with the loss. She blocked it out and hoped it had disappeared. Everyone who knows knows her can tell you that she cried during movies-love stories make her cry just as much as sad stories- small things move her to tears so you can say she subconsciously channeled her loss into other daily life experiences.

No one talks to children who have lost their parents at an early age about the transition from being in the comfort of their parents arms with the assurance that they are loved eternally to a life without them. She recognizes a privilege that she was able to have a family take her in and raise her as one of their own which is often not the case when there’s a loss of a parent.

Nevertheless the transition is not any easier. You really never know how deep you have buried your pain until you decide to be intentional with your personal growth. She made a decision a year ago to really interrogate her life choices and patterns of thought. It is only then that she realized she had subconsciously allowed her childhood loss to define the way she loved and received not only from her loved ones but also from God.

She felt that she needed to be perfect to be loved by God especially and never wanted to be a bother to anyone especially her family because they had already done too much for her, therefore she must be grateful.

This skewed perspective was a lie from the enemy to keep her from enjoying the freedom that knowing she is eternally loved by a God who is cheering you on to win the race brings. She now knows that she is loved eternally and not afraid to show her love to her friends, family and strangers.

This hasn’t taken away that tightness that grips her throat when she thinks back to those dark moments of loss. She has made peace with the fact that there certain things she will never know or make sense of on this side of time but one thing she knows, she has a father who loves her like no other. To that young Tasha who cried many nights longing for her beloved daddy and mummy, and to any person who still cries when they remember their deceased loved ones, you are not alone.

No amount of tears or words can reverse the past, but we have a future and a present made possible by an all knowing, ever-present and loving God who has your back and holds your future. Trust your pain and your heart with him. Tasha did the same and it has never been the same. ♥Rest In Peace Mum and Dad. You are missed. Thank you for the relationships you created with your family and friends that they have been present throughout her 30 years even when you have been resting for a while now.

Happy Birthday to you my friend 🥂To many more and To long life ( yes it’s a prayer I make that you will live long to see your grandchildren)

Thankful for our teachers .

Chris’s (for those who don’t know by now, Chris is my husband)….and we were seriously planning and looking out for a great school. We had a put a lot of thought into the process and had conaidered a number of things.
As God’s Grace would lead us, next to Chris’s office was a school although unknown to us we seemed elated at the idea that it could actually be a good fit.

It was well located so Chris and Keza would drive together in the morning to and fro work and school respectively. Chris encouraged me to check the school out(he trusts me like that lol) and although I had never heard of it I must say I was impressed. ACORNS was a perfect place because I loved the values they stood by, the way they treated the children( I observed albeit for a short time) and I could tell the children who attended the school were well spoken and very confident. These were all the things we wanted our Keza to experience and grow into.

It was a matter of fact that Keza would be enrolled at ACORNS. We started school,…….. with playgroup when Keza was three years old. To say that she enjoyed school would be an understatement. She would go to school for only three days but she literally looked forward to the next week.

She was involved in the school concerts,which was for every child, unlike other places where concerts , events, only involve a few .

Keza was celebrated as an Inquirerer, she was too curious, no one ever shut her down or told her she was too much.She wanted to find out, and yes that has built on.

Keza is open minded.she is very comfortable with differences.She respects and welcomes other people’s points of views and way of doing things

Keza is a communicator.She understands and shares ideas with others.

Keza is also considerate , she is concerned about other people’s needs and feelings.
She also did this with confidence.

This month we celebrate teachers and I am thankful to God for every teacher that has been instrumental in our life. Thank you for giving Keza who was then 2 an opportunity to shine, express herself, and make the world a better place.

While at ACORNS there was a yellow fever outbreak in Nabugabo, and she got involved with a drive to get vaccines.

Thank you Ms Amiina, for giving the children these opportunities.For instilling values.

Thank you Mr Evans, for encouraging Keza to keep awesome,.Thank you Ms Sharon for always calling greatness out of Keza.

You did a great job.Keza has grown to be a confident , considerate child.Her Enthusiasm about learning and life, have stayed.Her independence, thinking and acting, are outstanding.Integrity is a virtue that will always stay.

Keza goes to Harvest Academy now, and I must say they have built on.Thank you teacher Julie, and all the teachers at Harvest Academy for discipling and teaching her,For encouraging her, Thank you awesome teachers .

Innocence in Distress

While i was in hospital with my little warrior I got an opportunity to meet different people with various ailments. One little child stood out. She is about 7 years and did not particularly look sick.

This intrigued me and I went out to search for her. This little girl who I will call her Flavia, for purposes of this post, was always playing with other children that did not seem very healthy and I wondered to myself what is her story.

I wondered what she was doing in the hospital playing with sick children helping to push them around. I must say even my sister joined me in my intrigue surrounding Flavia. Those who know me will attest to my curiosity levels. I sought out her mother, built rapport and started a conversation with her. As we kept talking I found out that actually Flavia was as healthy as I had imagined but because her family was unable to raise the money to clear the medical bills, they could not be allowed to leave. This broke my heart.
I verified this through the administration and got a clear indication on the amount of the money needed to clear the medical bill. It was unfortunate that Flavia and her Mum had no one to help them clear this money. I have since thought of ways to help Flavia and her Mum. The good news is that the bill doesn’t acrrue interest but remains as it was at the time they were discharged from hospital.

I was in hospital for only 7 days but it seemed like a year. I can’t imagine Flavia who is supposed to have gone home long way before still in a hospital environment. It is one month into the school term and as we all know it is the promotional term.

Will you help me help Baby Flavia and her mother get freedom out of the hospital. Her hospital bill is 1.4 and if we all can give whatever we can we can make a little girl and her mama happy.

We have been blessed to be a blessing.