Amecet n'ainapakin (Shelter of Peace) is a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM)in Soroti, Uganda. We are reaching out to HIV infected and affected children. We also are caring for new born babies, who lost their mother after the delivery. The third group of children we help, are children who need a safe place, they mostly come via the police. In this blog we want to share with you our stories, our pictures, our needs and blessings!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Baby's and one more week with Michael!!!



There are always new things happening in Amecet! Often so much that it is difficult to keep up with the blog at times. 

 
Right now we have our 3rd set of twins! Apio Mary and Achen Betty came on Tuesday. Both weigh a little over 2kilos and lost their mother while giving birth to them. 






Friday baby Samuel (left picture )came who also lost his mother during his birth. He is premature and only weighs a 1.5kilos.










 Then just today (Sunday) Simon Peter arrived. He also weighs only around 1.5kilos. Both are being fed by NG tube and being kept in the medical room. We ask that you join us in praying for both of these little guys.  That they would tolerate the milk and that all their bodily functions would be working properly! They are both quite susceptible at this point of their little lives.
  
We have also seen the return of Tom and Lazarus. Both have been here before. Please be praying for both of these little guys as well. That they would both continue to gain weight and be healthy. It’s wonderful to see them smiling and laughing once again.

 
   





                                                                      As we are saying hello and welcoming all of the above children, we are about to say a bitter/sweet goodbye to someone very special. Many of you know Michaels’ story. He is an amazing little boy who has a smile that lights the whole room up. We have prayed for quite some time now that God would bring an equally special family along for him. And now Our Faithful Father has done so! Michaels’ God given mother will come to get him around the 29th. They will leave for Kampala where they will stay a couple weeks to get his passport and visa. Please be praying for this transition for all who are involved. There will be many new things Michael will be experiencing for the first time. Although we love Michael very much and a bit sad to see him leave, we are equally excited. His opportunities will be endless! We know that God’s hand has been orchestrating this from the very time Michael was brought here. We will keep you posted with Michaels’ situation!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

The story of Max

     As you know, we have many volunteers coming through Amecet. Saffron stayed together with Lucy for a year in Uganda and for 3 months in Amecet. Tonight is their goodbye party. Just want to share how proud I am of these girls. The story of Max is written by Saffron and moved me to tears. because Amecet is there for the children. But these children do so much for us auntie's!

 THE STORY OF MAX

    Tonight during evening worship, with the children, I looked over at a small 12 year old boy named Max and nearly cried seeing him singing along worshiping God. This is a HUGE thing for Max and here’s why.
  Getting picked ...up from the post office to go to Amecet, Max was in the car just lying there with not much life in him. I was later to discover that he was in the last stages of AIDS and was brought to Amecet to die. He also had meningitis at that time too and as a result of that he developed dementia which then left him with a mental age of a baby. From here onwards it only got worse, he soon slipped into depression refusing to eat, drink or take his medicine, which he has to take to try and keep the AIDS under control. We then put a tube into his nose that went to his stomach so we could at least give him fluids and his medicine, however he was still refusing to eat. He then started to scream during the night out of fear and couldn’t sleep. So we asked an AIDS specialist doctor to come and see him, who then put him on anti-depressants and sleeping tablets. Seeing him like this was one of the hardest things I’ve had to witness and we all thought and prayed that God would take him soon because his value of life was not something that I would want anyone to go through. Well God had a different plan for Max and weeks later I started to witness the miracle that this boy is. It all started off with a smile, which doesn’t seem much but when you saw how this boy was, it was huge. Then he started to laugh at the toddlers or someone dancing to music, and then it went to him drinking a little bit here and there to him starting to eat the odd bit of food. Soon Max was eating and drinking like a normal 12 year old boy, which gave us the hope and encouragement we needed. Then one morning I was sitting with him saying the word ‘Yoga’ (which means hello in his language) and out of nowhere he said it back to me, to say I was shocked was an understatement. I had never heard him speak before. Word by word he was saying a little bit more and with this new communication we was able to communicate that if he started to take his medicine we would take his tube out (he hated his tube) and soon enough Max was taking his own medicine. I cannot tell you how much of a miracle this is alone, he use to fight you when you gave him his medicine and you would sometimes be sitting there for 30 minutes to an hour trying to get his medicine in him. Max now speaks more than he did when he first came to Amecet. The photos attached show was Max was and how he is today.
He is now able to sit on his own, eat, drink, take his own medicine and talk. And let me tell you he is one bossy boy but he is our little miracle. And tonight Max started us off in worship.

   I’m writing this to tell you that when I see Max I see Gods unfathomable love for us. We had lost hope in Max of ever getting better but God didn’t. God knew the miracle and testimony this boy would be to so many of us and he loved a little boy like Max enough to not lose hope but to perform one of the biggest miracles I have ever witnessed. So when we lose hope in ourselves or in others know that God doesn’t, His love is beyond our own understanding so what seems impossible to us is possible to God. You are NOT unreachable or redeemable, have faith and He will pull through, just hang in there Gods got you.
 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sharing His love



            There is really never a dull moment in Amecet! We have been quite busy over the past couple of weeks. We were able to resettle 7 children back home. Among them were Grace, Sabina, and Lawerence. This was quite helpful because we had become very full. We also had at least 10 different children’s cases from the police. The more we spoke of being full, the more children showed up! We even had 5 extra children show up all in 1 day!
Lawrence with his grandmother
Sabina and her sister

Last week we had 3 babies that had developed pneumonia. We turned our medical room into an IC room. And after a week of treating them, we are happy to say that they are all better and back in their own beds. We were becoming quite tired and looking forward to a good night of sleep.  

baby Rose

Sunday a lady carrying a baby came to our compound. When I saw the baby, I was really shocked. I thought perhaps the baby was already dead. He was at least 2 months premature and had some characteristics of a child with some physical disabilities.

 When the auntie released him to our care, I noticed he was actually still breathing. I quickly called the doctor who serves on the children’s ward at the hospital. We then rushed him there, so the doctor could review him. Afterwards we quickly brought him back and placed him in the incubator. Then began starting him on IV meds and gave him an NG tube so we could feed him. His family had only given him warm water over the past 2 days. He began picking up a bit. During the night we kept a pretty close eye on him and he remained in fair condition. But by morning his heart rate and oxygen levels began dropping rather quickly. So we decided to get him out of the incubator and hold him.  Just to show him we were close. As soon as we began doing this, his heart rate and oxygen levels began picking up straight away. It once again showed us how important it is to give our love to these children. Baby Emmanuel, (God with us) died that afternoon. But we really believe God placed him in our care so we could share His love with this special little baby.

Dominique holding Emmanuel

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Gone for a break....

When you read this blog, I (Els) am gone for a break to Holland. I really felt that I was getting tired and since there are people who can take over for a while, it seems to be the right thing to do. It was hard with my girls, Mary, the oldest, is in her exam year, she is in boarding school and the was no way that she could come (now or some time later) also for Sarah it was too difficult, so I am with the two youngest children, Helen and Catherine.
I will return to Amecet at the end of August, in the mean time, we will enjoy our time, rest and visit friends, go for a doctor check up ect... Helen has a task from school, so we do have some work to do...
Please keep checking this blog, we keep you updated with the things in and around Amecet, my colleagues Dominique and Janneke will write the stories! 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Jiggers!!!!!

 Friday a new boy came into Amecet. His name is Sam. Sam was brought to police because his mother is not taking care of him very well. His has jiggers all over his hands and feet. I have never seen a case that looks as bad as this one.
 Jiggers are a parasite who go under your skin and lay eggs there. These eggs make worms again and so on. If you don't treat this it can destroy your toes. Sam had so much pain from them he didn't sleep the whole night.
Normally, Simon is always the one to remove them. But Sam had so many and they were so deep that is was simply to painful to remove them. So yesterday I went to the doctor, who is our neighbor. We decided to put Sam under total anesthesia and then remove all the jiggers. As you see in the picture we did it outside!! this is because everybody is scared that the jiggers will spread. So we placed a gurney behind the clinic and the nurse gave Max the medication to put him to sleep.  I had the whole time one hand on his chest and one on his pulse to check if he still had a normal heard beat and regular breathing. Because no one here really checks that. The nurses had to work for 2.5 hour on his feet and we are still not completely done yet. There were simply too many. So we will continue on Tuesday.
 
 The nurses and the doctors didn't expect Sam to walk soon because of his wounds. Sam slept the rest of the day up till he started playing this morning. Sam loves cars and when he thought I was going with the car, I couldn't believe how fast he was following me!! Even as I write this I see him jumping on the trampoline! I think his pain is not more than he already was used to.


 You see how he is playing on the picture. He still has a few tough moments coming. Please pray that he is able to manage the pain and that his feet will heal well. The police forced the mother to clean her compound, clean her children, remove all jiggers, and wash all the clothes. Simon will check on the house soon and help her clean the place.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Max is swinging on the music.

Max is not doing so well, we had to give him a NG tube, because he refuses to eat and he spit everything out.
He is 11 years old, so it is not easy to do this with a big boy like him. Of course he doesn't like the tube and he work is now to try to get it out. He can't hold things anymore, so he just moves his hand up and down. It is sad to see him going backwards like this, his weight is now 15 kg!
It seems that he has no pain, but he is sometimes shouting or moaning.
But yesterday we discovered something......... he loves music!!! And he starts smiling and moving his head  a bit on the rhythm. Janneke puts now her I-pad next to his head, he especially likes the music of a Christian group Trinity.
And when Janneke start dancing next to him, he really laughs! Good that we can make him smile and a bit happy!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Kilo's and Grams...

Every week, on Sunday, we weigh all the children and we write the new weight down on our list. Very often when I come to work on Sunday, I justpeep into the medical room to see how are they doing???? Today they did very well!
Baranassi came on 4th of April, not even 2 months ago, his weight was 1.4 kg, today his weight is 2.8!!!!


                                              





Then we had 8 weeks ago a new baby, her name is Antonia. Her weight was, when she came 1.5 kg en today....1.660 kg. We can be so happy with 10 grams per day gain. Antonia was 2 month premature, in my country, she would lay in an incubator, with all kind of alarm bells etc. But here we are so limited, we don't have that. It is hard work, but it gives fruit!!!We are happy with Antonia!








Yesterday we got again twins.. They were already 12 days old, theyt told us that the mother died, they looked malnourished. Today we weighed them again and we saw that they already gained 100 grams each!!! They are really drinking well. Their names are Betty and Rose. Their weight is today 1.9 kg and 2 kg.!!!
At the moment we have 22 children in Amecet, 16 of them are under  1 year old, I think that we have 14 babys under the 3 months of age! Can you imagine the loads of diapers going through the laundry every day?
But also the older children are doing well, apart from Max, I wrote about him in previous blogs. He is loosing weight, he is refusing to eat or drink, we had to give him a NG tube. But the other are growing: Grace was today 18 kg!!! She came on 30th of January, weighing 11 kg!









So Kilo's and Grams can make our day, today they did!!!!