- 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!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Our Amecet Blog is one year old! We started the Blog to give you more information about the daily life in Amecet. To share with you our sad and also our happy moments! I want to thank everybody for taking the time to read this blog and also for the reactions, comments and emails you have send us! It really speaks to us the message that you are behind us and that you pray for us. I want to say: EYALAMA NOI, that means: thank you very much in the Atesso language. For myself is this blog also a way to work through some emotions, as I write down some of the things that are going difficult or are painful. In this year we have almost 24.000 times been read by you. I am amazed about so much interest from you all. Please do not stop giving comments and suggestions! We love to hear from you and we go on with our life here in Amecet, because there is still a lot of work!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Here you can see the grandmother with Patrick, the grandfather and the mother!
I wrote before also about my worries about Job, a little premature baby (1.6 kg.) He is doing very well and his weight is now 2.3 kg! He is drinking well and his mother comes every week to visit, she is so happy and has hope again! It is good to focus again on the positive things that happen in Amecet. The whole story about the passing away of Immaculate took a lot of energy and emotions. I have peace with the fact that she is now with Jesus, her suffering is over, yesterday we went to the house of the grandmother. we had organised the coffin and we were with our car with several of the staff of Amecet. The burial was going to be in the village where the clan comes from. And that was far, several hours drive over bad roads. When we came to drive with the others to the village, several people of the family started to argue that we had to take the coffin and they were angry that we could not, the car was full. We had done our part and the family is responsible for the burial. There were many people and they all were travelling in a truck. It hurt me that, when Immaculate was alive, not many people came to see her or were interested in her, but now at her burial, many people came and there was even no place for the coffin. Simon decided that we were not going to the burial, he said that people would blame us all the time and it would not be good. So we went back home, leaving the people arguing what to do. It was a sad ending, but we know that Immaculate is celebrating her life with Jesus!
And today..... we had many positive things to be happy with and we are thankful that God brings things in balance, so we can cope and have Hope!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Then in the morning, just before I left to the hospital, a new baby was brought to us. The baby was born pre mature and was very small, the weight was only 1,1 kg. So small and so delicate! The mother had died and the father was afraid his daughter might also die.
The baby was cold and we made warm water bottles to warm her up. Her name is Elisabeth! I gave her the marker in her hand, so you can see how small she really is! We gave her a NG tube, because she is too weak to drink from the bottle and we decided to lay her in our incubator. Even she has been already 10 days old, the incubator will give her that safe, warm place to grow stronger!
It was a very emotinal day, giving Immaculate back to Jesus and receiving this precious little life into our Amecet family! But this is exactly what we are suppose to do, being the hand and foot from God!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Last night, after supper, the police lady from the family affairs department came by with a little baby. They found the baby somewhere, left behind by the mother who was drinking in another drinking place. The lady was so drunk, she didn't even know the age of her child. So they put her in the police cells and came with the baby to Amecet. We were full, but what can you do, there is always place for one more!! We don't know the name, the age, nothing. The baby doesn't want to drink, we think she might be four months old? I took her this morning to the doctor, because she has a bad cough, and we started her on anti biotics. She also has a problem with one of her feet. She is coughing a lot and we try to feed her. I think this little girl has endured a lot in her short life already!! Then the next experience, which made me ask this old question again. I got a phone call on Saterday from an American nurse, who works in a mission hospital in the village. We decided to go and see how we could help and combined it with bringing Lois back to her mother and grandmother. Lois is very healthy now, gained 2,5 kg in 6 weeks and they were happy to recieve her back.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Is this not a beautiful group of girls!!! At the back Mary and Immaculate, then the row with Norah, Helen and Christine 1, at the front Christine 2. Last night, just before it was the time to take the medicines, Helen told me: I think the dragon is almost awake, I need to take my medicines fast, before he wakes up! She is only 6 years old but she understands it on her level.
I am a bit worried about baby Job. He is now 4 days with us and he is not drinking well. His weight was only 1.6 kg. He is 2 weeks old and was born premature. Both of his parents are HIV+ and they were so scared too loose this baby, they lost 2 children before. I gave him a NG tube today and we pray that he will keep the milk in and start growing. We will also take him for a HIV test. We pray that he is negative. He is so small, so delicate and so vunrable. And also so cute (lief)!!!!