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, June 14, 2017

Today was a day I can't describe......

We brought two children to their last resting place......

 Benjamin came in Amecet on September 18, 2016. He was born at the side of the road, in a compound of strangers. You can read that in the blog of Sept. 18 2016. The mother had a mental illness and ran off, nobody knew her or saw her again. Benjamin came to Amecet via the Police and Probation Office. After a month he started to get convulsions and they have been there until yesterday. We went to many doctors with him, for a brain scan to Mbale, for a EEG and a MRI to Kampala (blogs of Jan.4 and Jan. 12, 2017). But nothing helped and the doctor told us that he had brain damage. In the blog of May 8, 2017 I asked for prayers for him, because he couldn't swallow anymore... Yesterday God took him HOME. We feel so sad, we loved this little boy, but we are also happy for him, he had suffered so much!! Benjamin has never smiled in the 9 months of his life, that really touched me, he didn't experience any joy, it makes me cry... When he passed away yesterday, we had problems where to bury, normally, we bring the children back to their relatives in the village and they bury the child. But now there was no family, we were his only family!! We tried to get permission to bury him in YWAM land, but the authorities said we had to bury him in a plot of land, where people are buried when there are no relatives, or strangers who die in Soroti and nobody knows who they are. We were not happy with that, but we started to organize.. Then this morning two people came from the family, where Benjamin was born. The mother had given birth at their place/road and they heard from the Police (whom we had called) that Benjamin had died. They heard about the burial place and asked if he could be buried in their land, so he would not be alone.. We asked the authorities and it was okay. So we drove to their village and the people started to gather to mourn Benjamin and to lay him to rest...
 We were sitting under a big Mango tree, people started to come, neighbours and relatives of the family. The priest came and we had a small service. While we were sitting there and singing ateso songs, a white dove flew around the place. I just felt the Peace and the Presence of God. It was good, people mourned over this little boy, whose life was too short. Rest is Peace little Benjamin and your laughing will be heard in Heaven!!
 But that was not all..the burial was just finished when I got a phone call from Amecet, baby Christine just died.
 Baby Christine was brought into Amecet on Monday, 2 days ago. A small baby, weighing 2,5 kg. her mother passed away after the delivery. Everything was fine with her, Deborah, our nurse took her to the Doctor to check, that same day. But this morning when the night duty wanted to feed her at 5 am, she saw that her stomach was swollen., She didn't feed her, she was taken to the doctor around 8 am and he prescribed some treatment, but it went worse, they decided to take her to the specialist some time later, but she passed away on the way. In just hours she became sick and died!!! 
When we came back from the burial of Benjamin the little coffin was waiting to be brought to the village of her father. Simon organized this and Deborah and some staff went with him.
It is too much, two coffins on one day.... and too many tears are flowing..... 

3 comments:

  1. you are in our prayers, Els and the Amecet staff.
    once: no more sorrow, no more tears...

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  2. Els, if you were not there to do this... who would. God bless you and restore your strength my dear sister. Don't get tired of doing good for in due time... God will reward you BIG TIME!

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  3. Lieve Els,
    Wat verdrietig om het levensverhaal van kleine Benjamin te lezen. wat erg dat dit kleine kindje nooit gelachen heeft in zijn leventje. Nu is hij en ook baby Christine bij Jezus en mag dat een troost voor jou zijn. Bid je Gods sterkte en troost toe. Liefs Karin

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