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!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

On national TV....

Saturday is my free day, so regular I take my three girls with me and we go out for lunch. Most of the time we go to Landmark, a hotel/restaurant in the centre of Soroti. The waitresses know us and Catherine walks everywhere and talks and sings with them, so I can eat as well. There are two TV's in the restaurant, today we were lucky because they were swished on at the same TV canal. So we were eating and suddenly we see Emmanuel on the TV, the boy who came into Amecet on Wednesday (see the last Blog) The police was talking and suddenly I see myself on the veranda of Amecet walking and talking with him. I didn't even know that we were filmed when they brought the boy. It was all on the national Ugandan TV canal. So the people of the kitchen and the restaurant were excited that I was on TV! Emmanuel was brought back to his grandmother today. Simon went together with the police to bring him. he was very sad to leave, he was doing well, playing and happy with the other children. He even was taught how to ride the bicycle and he manage to ride on his own now. The grandmother gets the letter from the police that she is the one to care for him, she was very willing to do so, she is the grandmother of the mother's side. It was the choice of Emmanuel himself to go and live with her.

Several of our older children have gone to secondary schools now. We help them to go to a boarding school and we keep on checking on them. They all manage their own ARV medicines themselves, but when there is a problem we are there to help them. We try to give more responsibility to their families, but it is hard. Every term there is a parents visitation day. And we always go to meet them. So here we are with our three girls, Mary, Kevina and Vicky. They are all in the same boarding school and they are really doing well. We were able to take them out the school,(which is not easy, the parents can not take them without asking permission). We went together to a restaurant nearby and we had a drink and talked. We had a real nice time with them, we could pray together for them and they shared about some struggles. Also the others, (who are on other boarding schools) are doing well. It is not easy for them, they do miss the protection of Amecet and Amun, it is good we can encourage them and support them on this way!

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