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!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Reunion....

There was a special gathering in a big play garden in Holland. we met with the 8 Ugandan children and their  families, who all have been living in Amecet, but are adopted in Belgium. Amecet works hard to reunite the children with their own family, if that is not possible, we try to find an Ugandan family who wants to give the child a home and a family. If that is not possible, the child can be adopted by a foreign family, this is a long process, via High Court.
 We had to make a group picture: from left to right:
At the top Helen and Mary
Then: Justin, Cathy, Els, Peter and Moses
Sagal is sitting in front of Els
Then sitting: Emmanuel and Thomas
Frank (brother to Emmanuel) and Walter
 It was all started by the plan to let Helen and her good friend Mary meet together, When Mary was still in Amecet, they were very good friends.. After Mary went to live in Belgium, there were long Skype talks... They just had to see each other and this meeting ended up to be a reunion....
 I was so excited to see them all again, and it is going well with all of them. Their parents also all came and it was a very nice and relax time. The children played and the adults played with them and talked together. I was impressed with the way they had grown and changed. the most I was touched when I saw Thomas, here on the picture. This little boy came into Amecet, more dead than alive, now I saw him playing in the sandbox!!!!
And now...we say goodbye to Holland and we fly back to Uganda tomorrow. We have had a good time, saw many people and did many thing. We enjoyed our time very much , I feel refreshed and I am looking forward meeting everybody in Amecet again. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

We still ask your prayers for Esther...

This is Esther maybe a little over 2weeks ago. She is now 11kg. The change is drastic. She now has a feeding tube. In her mind she has given up. Help us pray for her. That we would know how to love her and minister to her in such a way that she would understand how significant her life is!!💕💕💕💕 — with Marlinde Zwart.
I copied this FaceBook message in this blog. Dominique wrote it. It is not going well with Esther. I wrote several blogs about her. Please keep praying for her......

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Merabu went HOME!!!

I got the message that the little girl Merabu went to be with Jesus last night... It is always such a sad situation, but we know that the love and the care of her Heavenly Father will comfort her family and us. He knows what was laying ahead of her and in His Wisdom He took her Home. 
Thank you for praying and standing with us, please do not stop praying for Amecet, the staff needs your support and we still have sick children.
This is the small coffin, some of the staff will go and travel with her to bring her to her last resting place in the village. She will be burried next to her mother. No more pain and sickness......

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Baby Merabu needs prayer...

Just had contact with Amecet... Baby Merabu is very sick. During the day it seemed to go a bit better, but at the beginning of the evening it went very bad. It is so hard with those little babies, it can go suddenly worse...
As a staff, they came together to pray for her and to anoint her with oil. It is always a very special and tense time.
They brought her twin brother, Filbert, to be with her. Filbert is much bigger and is growing well. But it is a touching moment, to see those two little babies together and knowing that one of them is in a critical situation. 
For me it is special that I could be in touch with them by social media and skype, praying for them and letting them know that I am with them in spirit...

Monday, May 8, 2017

Help us to pray.........

While I am in Holland for holidays, I still have contact with Amecet and I want to ask you to pray for them. There are 3 sets of twins at the moment, all new born babies, whose mother passed away after the delivery. The first twins were Stella and Rose, I wrote about them before. They are now doing well, except that Rose is struggling at times and needs very close supervison.
 This are Lucy and Leya, they also lost their mother. They are doing well and drinking and growing good.
 The third set of twins are Filbert and Merabu.  They both need to be fed by a N.G. tube, they are too small to drink themselves, they are exhausted after drinking, so for now they are feeding them by NG tube.

But we ask your prayers in particular fro baby Merabu, this baby had problems with breathing and was in need of special care. She was on oxygen and IV medication.





They send me this picture, the baby was stable, but so small and weak...
The care of all those small babies takes a lot of time and energy, but there are more children at the moment who are in need of your prayers..
Esther, I wrote about her in the last two blogs. She is back in Amecet, but today it did not went well with her, high fever and she almost collapsed. She is in need of a special (very expensive) antibiotic medicin, which they will try to start with tomorrow. Please pray for her...
                                                                          Then baby Ben, I wrote about him before, he is now 8 months old and has still seizures. We went with him to the specialist in Kampala several times. He had now problems with swallowing and a severe lung infection. This is such a sad little boy, I have never seen him smile......
There are two other children on IV medication, it is very busy at the moment. Please pray for our nurse Deborah who cares for all our sick children with the help of a volunteer nurse Marlinde and Dominique and Immaculate. It is a lot of work......                            

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Esther is back in Amecet!!!

Esther was operated on Friday morning, the doctors saw an obstruction in the intestines, via the X-ray and the scan. But....After they had opened her, they couldn't find anything anymore, they checked and checked, but nothing... So they closed the wound. Esther has now stitches, but they haven't done anything to the intestines. I got the news that she came back to Amecet on Monday and she is allowed to eat and drink. This picture is in Amecet , she is not happy.. Pls. keep praying for her, also for her emotions..
I also heard that there is a new pre-mature twin in Amecet, two little girls, Leya and Lucy. They are doing good. But we also ask your prayers for them.

I am for 4 weeks in Holland, with my two youngest daughters. We are enjoying the friends and family and the stroopwafels........

 and even the rain (a bit)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Esther is admitted in the hospital...

In the previous blog , I wrote  about the birthday of Esther. She didn't feel good that day, but today she had fever and pain in her stomach. Our nurse took her to the doctor. He checked her and referred her to get a scan. We took her to a clinic which is good in scanning.
The technician saw something and advised us to do also an X-ray of the abdomen. Then he wrote a report and explained to us that he thinks there is an obstruction in the intestines. he referred us to the surgeon.... We found the surgeon in the theatre, he allowed us to come in the doctors room and read everything and looked at the X-ray and scan report. The only option is an operation,,,, And Esther is so weak and so malnourished, can she stand an operation???  
Esther was admitted in the hospital and they want to operate her tomorrow. We had to drive through Soroti to find the I.V. medicins the doctor prescribed. We are worried, but there is no other option..
The other thing is that I am leaving for a vacation to Holland tomorrow early in the morning. I leave Esther behind in the capable hands of two nurses, Deborah (at the right) and Marlinde (left). But it is hard to leave on this way. I prayed for Esther before I left and I kissed her, I pray that she will come through the operation and that when I am coming back in 4 weeks, she will still be there.......
So now I am packing the suitcases, I am going together with my two youngest daughters, Helen and Catherine. The oldest two, can not come because of their study.. But they will travel with us to see us off. We are leaving very early, because we also take baby Benjamin with us, he has to go for his checkup in Kampala. After that they will bring us to the airport. Mary and Sarah will care for Benjamin and they will travel back to Soroti the next day. Simon is driving us.
I was looking forward to go, but my thoughts are also with Esther.... Pls. pray for her........

Monday, April 17, 2017

Declaration of LIFE.......

 Today we celebrated the 9th birthday of Esther. We do not always celebrate birthdays, it is not so much in the culture here, but today, we felt that it was important to celebrate the life of Esther and to pray over her. She did not have her best day, she didn't smile and the other children were more excited that Esther herself. But I know she liked it and that she knows that we love her! 
 Esther is not gaining and she is not doing so well. We have been many times to the doctor with her. She just doesn't want to eat and every meal is a battle for her. We pray that this will be a different, good year for her, that she will be able to step out that negative circle and I pray for wisdom for us, helping her.
And we said goodbye to auntie Rebekah, she has been a blessing to many of our children!

Friday, April 14, 2017

A wise lesson from a tree....

 Every day, when I drive to Amecet, I pass this tree. Today I stopped to make this picture. The tree is so beautiful, so big and so colorful!!! It always lifts my spirit, when I pass there. This is the dry season, everything is dry and dusty, everything is yellowish and brown, but this tree is blooming in such a beautiful way!!! This tree must have deep roots, to be able to bloom during this season. It is possible.... I want to have deep roots, so I will be able to bloom in dry seasons.......
It is Good Friday today. It is a public holiday here in Uganda, the schools are all closed. Amecet is never closed, all the staff was working as normal, but together we paused and remembered what sacrifice Jesus made for us. we read the story, shared communion and thanked and praised Him for that gift of Life that we received because of His death.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Deborah went Home.....

Just maybe two hours after I wrote the blog, asking you to pray for Deborah, she passed away.
A beautiful little girl, with everything so cute and so right. I was in love with her little fingers, the little nails, it was all there!! After only 6,5 month of existing...... But it was too early for her, her lungs and heart couldn't cope with life....
My finger and her small fingers...... she was LIEF!!!  (sweet in Dutch)
Little Deborah, you tried and you fought, but now rest in the loving arms of Jesus!!

Baby Deborah is fighting for her life

Yesterday Dr. Engulu, from the clinic next door came to ask our help. There was a pre-mature baby born in his clinic, the mother was only 30 weeks pregnant, she had malaria and the baby didn't wait anymore and was born. A very little girl, weighing only 1.250 kg. she is on oxygen and several IV medicines.
 Deborah was laid in our incubator and Immaculate stayed the night with her, she is giving here an injection. The nurses from the clinic have been struggling to find a vein for the cannula.
The baby survived the night, but in the morning it went wrong, the heart stopped and it took time to get her going again. Here is our nurse Deborah listening to the heart of baby Deborah.
Please pray for this little girl, who had still 2.5 month to go inside the womb of her mother. Her body is not ready for this big cold world. This morning, we prayed together as a staff for her, her condition is still very critical.....

Sunday, April 9, 2017

New born (this morning!) twins...

This morning I was trying to get everybody out of bed, we wanted to go to church. Sarah was also home, with a friend, so we had a house full. Then at 7 am the telephone rang, it was a nurse from the maternity ward in Soroti hospital. There was a twin, born this morning, and the mother passed away, if we could help..... So everything went in a faster speed and I brought all my children (incl. the friend) to Amecet. There I got the papers and blankets for the baby's and together with Rebecah we went to the hospital.
Again a very sad story, the two baby girls were in breech position, so an operation was necessary. The mother passed away during the operation and the doctors rushed to get the baby's out alive. I talked to the father, who was in tears, and got all the information I needed to get. The family lived in Soroti, they asked me if I could drop them off at their home, I did, while Rebecah was holding the baby's. I had to come to see the mother, who was already brought home and laid in the little house. They will bury her tomorrow in their village.

Immaculate and Sarah helped bathing them, under supervision of Jane! 
Are they not beautiful!! Left is the oldest baby, Apio Stella (wt. 2.2kg) and at the right Acen Rose, 
her weight is 1.8 kg.
We were not able to go to church, but we were able to share God's love and compassion today. And there will be another chance to do so tomorrow...........

Friday, April 7, 2017

Team work!!!

Sometimes there are jobs to do, which are just too heavy or too complicated. It is good to be part of a team and to ask for help... This is what we did this morning. A couple of weeks ago we cut some trees in our compound, the reason of that was that the roots were going towards the building or the tree was not safe in case there was a storm.
One of the tree trunks was still laying in the compound, the rest was already removed, this one was too heavy.... so today we decided to move it more out of the way (yesterday I had hit it with the car☹)
We asked the staff to help and tried to push it together....
 They tried, but it was too heavy (left to right: Sharon2, Christine, Simon, Emma, Elias, Janet, David)
 We had started building the wall in the back of the compound and we asked the men who are working at the wall to come and help us..........
 And together the job was done!!!!
We have a drought in Teso land, no rain and everything is dry and dusty. It is a big problem, we had a bit of rain some time ago and people put their seeds in the ground, trusting that more rain would come. But no rain came, so the seeds will die if not soon the rain will come.
In Amecet we also have problems with the water. We have water through the pipes, from Soroti town, but most of the time there is no tap water. Than we have big tanks, we use to catch the rain water, but no rain has been there, so our problem began: a  house with 22 children, many still in diapers, so there is a lot of laundry, bathing etc. and we have men building a wall, which also needs water to make the cement..... Simon contacted the police and they came with their fire truck, to fill all our outside tanks.... We are very grateful...
In the evening, a rain storm raged over Soroti....... Thank God, for the rain and for more to come....

Monday, April 3, 2017

Desparation.....

This morning a couple came with a small 6 months old baby. The baby looked small and vulnerable. They came to ask help. I tried to find out what kind of help. They told me the baby needed a heart operation, they showed me all kind of medical papers, it were all examinations from the heart. As we talked, Deborah, our nurse, joined us. Yes the child was in need, but to come for help for an operation... We talked and we could advise them, They will go step by step, they will go back to the doctor here in Soroti, then a referral to the Heart institute. If they have to go for an operation, it is mostly abroad, to India, there are organizations who help people who can not afford that, to get them to India. I felt for the mother, how can she ever think that she can go to India, while she hardly has the transport money to Kampala, to the Heart Institute. I promised her that we will help with the transport to Kampala, she should come for it, when she has the referral letter. It can be so complicated here. They left and I prayed that the child would make it through the whole journey they will have to go!
A moment later a lady came in, to tell us that there was a woman sitting outside with a dead child. We asked her to bring them in. It was a grandmother, her daughter (the mother) and the grandchild. Their story was that the child became sick yesterday and this morning they boarded a taxi to come to the hospital in Soroti. The child has died on the way. They were sitting under the tree, not knowing what to do, they had no money and they tried to call the relatives in the village to send a motorbike to get them, but they couldn't get trough... so they just sat there. The grandmother was carrying the grandchild, the mother was crying and very weak. the child was 1 year and 2 months old, the child looked strong and cared for. But how tragic, to sit outside at the side of the road, with your dead child. My heart just cried inside. Simon, our social worker, went to the road and got a motorcycle taxi, it is not so easy, a taxi van will not let you in with a dead child, and not every motorcycle taxi will want to transport a dead body. But he found one and on the picture you see the grandmother with the child and the mother going home with the motorcycle taxi, it was quite far, we paid the man and we pray that they will be able to get comfort and support at home.
It made me think again, that life is such a gift, we should never take it for granted and be thankful for every day that God gives us. This morning at our morning devotion time in Amecet, we read that Jesus had compassion on the crowd (Mat.9:36) I pray that I have that compassion, sometimes I feel overwhelmed, who am I and what can I do?  I can not help everybody, but I can help somebody!!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

So many new children, so many sad stories....

The last 3 weeks we got 12 new children in Amecet, the last three days , we got every day one new child. And every time I am so sad when I hear the stories, why the children needed to come to Amecet. I am also humbled and glad that God uses us to minister, to those little ones. They do need a safe place, but I do realise, that we are only a temporal place, the children need a permanent Home.
Here are some of their pictures:








 And here are some of their sad stories:
There was a child brought to Amecet, whose mother was killed by robbers. The whole family was asleep when they broke into the house. The father was with the animals and came home to find a chaos.
Another child was abandoned by the mother and only 2 weeks old..
There is a child whose mother tried to kill the child, the police brought the child to Amecet.
A small girl  lost her mother, due to HIV/AIDS, the child is malnourished and tests are done to see if the child is HIV+.
We got a baby born by C-section, the mother became very sick, unconsious, she died 2 days later.
Another child whose mother used the child to beg on the street for money. No care, no love no discipline. 
There is so much suffering among those children. They need care, they need love, they need treatment and they need dicipline..... Some children are so wild, even they are so young, they never got boundries, there was no one to stop them when they went too far... At the moment we have 22 children in Amecet, a lot of diapers, and there is always some one crying....
Pls. pray for those children, that we find a safe way ahead for them and pray for the staff as well.. 😊

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The hut in Amecet is in use.......

The hut we had build in front of our home is finished!! Everybody enjoys it, it is cool and there is shade and we are closer to the swing, slide and other outside play toys, to keep an eye on the children. We sit not anymore on the veranda, but we use the hut, to feed the baby's, to have the snack or porridge, to sit and play. We all like it a lot!

 For a long time we only had two older children, Abraham (12) and Jackson (2,5), the rest were all bay's. Now we have many more toddlers, who are crawling everywhere and climbing on things where you should not climb on. There is a very different atmosphere now. They are playing on the Merry go round and the swings, they color and do games. I have to be very careful when I step in the car, now the children feel more at home, they are all over the compound.
Yesterday there came a big truck in the compound, carrying bricks, then one with sand and small stones...That was nice, the children were directly on top of the sand (after the truck was gone of course :) !)

 We are going to build a wall around Amecet compound. We did it a year ago around Amun, but we are now starting with Amecet. It is very easy to climb over the chain link fence, we have now, we have experiences with this... we want to be more safe and  also keep the snakes out of the compound when there is a wall. We do not have the money yet, but we do have enough for the back, which is the worse. we hope to do the rest later. If anyone of you, wants to help us with this project, we will be very grateful. It cost around 25 Euro/US Dollar per meter and we need  243.8 meter wall. you can find our Bank details on our Blog home page.
I want to ask you prayer for Esther. She is 9 years old and is not doing so well. She is not gaining, we have been going to the doctor to check her if she has TB, but that is not the case. She is sad and quiet, if you ask her if she misses her family, she says no, she doesn't want to go home. We hope that the ARV's will start helping her. She often comes into the office, where I am working and I find her sitting next to me. Please pray for her, for her health, but also for her emotions......