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, December 17, 2011

Amecet celebrates 10 years!!!!!!!

And today was THE DAY!! At 7 oclock am all the children were having breakfast, while the staff was busy with preparing everything what had to be taken. The guys were busy with setting up tents and puting down chairs. we were taking all the children with us, also the baby's. Every staff member "adopted" a baby for the day, they were respponsible for feeding, changing and carrying that baby. And it worked out perfect! All the baby's did well and so did the staff!! I am really proud of them, they were busy the whole day and nothing was too much for them! It was a great day!! Let me show you how the day went.....
It started all in the public gardens of Soroti town, the brass band camne there and some other groups and we left from there, marching behind the band through Soroti town.

This was for me a highlight of the day, when I saw all those children marching. I was really touched by them. Most of those children would not be alive today if Amecet had not have been there for them. I remembered some of the battle we had to fight for them.

It was a cheerful sight, all those red T shirts with those shiny faces! The staff members were carrying "their" baby of the day. We had police escort and every body in town watched us passing by.

This is in the playground where the official programme was. YWAM staff member David had practised two songs with the Amecet children and they did really good. There were speeches and after the official handing over from the playground to the community, we all left for Amecet.

We had a beautiful lunch buffet there. And because of the programme being later than we had planned, everybody was hungry and enjoyed the food and the soda.

After the meal we left, with the bigger children only, for the sports field, where the final match was to be played in the Amecet tournement. It was just raining and we stayed in the car until it was dry. But the people who were watching had their own umbrella's, (chairs).
This is the winning team, they received the Amecet trophy, which made them very excited!
And this is the big price, a bull! We kept him a bit aside, because of the noise, he might become wild.

It was a great day, not everything went perfect, but we really celebrated God's faithfulness toward us, during the last 10 years. We are thankful for the co-operation with the Lions club and others in Soroti town. I am thankful for the Amecet staff, who worked so hard. I am encouraged, we go for the next 10 years!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Els
    the chills are going down my spine reading about this celebration and it only takes a little imagination to picture everyone marching down Soroti town...WoW! Reading about Richard and little Sarah brings back a ton of memories. would have loved to celebrate with you! God bless you Els! Lots of love, Catharina