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, 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!


    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.


  1. God is so much bigger then we think...Max story is beautifull and we must believe and remind our self every day that He will do the miracle again and again. Thanks for your story..keep going! Bless Janet

  2. This is such a beautiful blog. I came across it by accident today and I can't stop reading, even though the stories make me cry. I have three month old twin boys and my heart breaks that not every baby can be born into the life my sons have (we're middle class Americans with access to every kind of high tech medicine and plenty of good, nutritious, safe food -- we are so lucky). I see my little ones in the faces of these children. The world is blessed that you are in it. Thank you for sharing your stories. All of your children are so beautiful. I'm not a very religious woman, but you are truly a conduit for God's grace. Thank you.