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!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Meetings, meetings and...meetings.

The last weeks we have done so many meetings, that I am really tired of it. It started all when some problems came up with our staff. We have had meetings with them, as a group, but also separate  The result from all the meetings was that three staff members were asked to leave. This was not easy, also because the rota was made and we were very short of staff now. We have a pile of applications for a job in Amecet. so Simon, Elias, Dominique and me went through them all. We asked a number of them to come for an interview, so again meetings!! After we had talked with several of them, we made the decision who to invite to join us. 
 Here a meeting with Simon (left) and Elias (right). They are two pillars of Amecet, they really love the children and they know the culture from the inside. I am learning so much of them! At the moment we have 5 new staff working with us. A big number at once, it is not so easy for the old staff, they have to explain every time again how things work and have to be done.
Then the next set of meetings.... 
After the last year 10 years anniversary, we came with the plan to have every year a come back week for the older HIV+ children who have been with us (in Amecet and in Amun). A week in where we could encourage them, teach them, advice them and also listen to them...This week is going to be happen and it will start on December 1st, World Aids Day. We have made a list of all the children who could talk and listen, so of 10 years and above, and we came up 45 children!!! We have been to the villages to invite them and they all will arrive this coming Saturday for a week of teaching, fun and encouragement. They will all stay in our Amun house, with a little overflow to Amecet. We have asked several staff of YWAM Soroti to join us for this week and we have a group of 9 people, who will do the teaching, group sessions, fun and games, worship and counselling. 
Here we are in one of our last meetings, things are moving and are coming together. It is a lot of work, but I really believe it will be a great blessing for the children. Our theme comes from Jeremiah 29:11 "plans to give you hope and a future". HIV+ children have a future and they can dream and work toward this future. It is not easy for them, many suffer from the stigma HIV+, but they need to believe in themselves because God believes in them and He has plans for them!!! I will keep you updated, please pray for this week, for the children that they grasp this.

1 comment:

  1. I'm praying that God will help the transition with the new workers go smoothly!