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!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Amun week- I AM CHOSEN.

We have a very full house!! It is again Amun week. Two years ago we celebrated our 10 years anniversary and we had invited over 50 children for 3 days to celebrate with us. All these children had been living with us for a period of time during those 10 years. It was such a success, we decided to do it every year, but then with the purpose to encourage and train them. We invited last year 45 children who are all HIV+ and who have been living with us, this year we have 48 children in the Amun week. We want to encourage them, train them to live positive, encourage them to keep taking their ARV's and to listen to their testimonies. They are also excited to see each other again, they all come from different villages, they are very excited to be here. It was not an easy thing to organise, we have been meeting for weeks and we have help from some YWAM staff from the Soroti base. Today we started with a Sunday morning service. We hired a tent and put it in the garden of our Amun house.
Our Amecet staff is wonderful, they are really so supportive. Here on this picture they are sorting the rice. We buy rice in a big sack and you have to sort it, there are stones in and other things you would not like in your food. To sort rice for 70 people is a big job!!! 

Then the cooking....We have very big pots, which do not fit on our clay charcoal stove, so we do the big pots on firewood. Loyce is lightening the fire here. 

But the food was nice and everybody ate a lot!!

This is the singing during the Sunday service. We have a theme for the whole week, from 1 Peter 2:9 and 10 : I AM CHOSEN. This time we made purple T-shirts and the theme is printed on the back.
Most of the children sleep in Amun home, some in Amecet, but Amecet is also quite full and has to operate as normal. We have a lot of baby's, even this evening, while I was writing this blog, Janneke called me that there was a man at the gate of Amecet, who found a baby on the street. She had send him to the police and 30 minutes later, the police came, with the man and the baby, if we could take the baby in. Tomorrow they would start looking for the mother. Some people asked me how the baby Sabine is doing, we have been very unsure this week if she would make it, you just saw her getting weaker and weaker, but since two days we have some hope, she gained some grams, she didn't need IV fluids and sometimes she is drinking a bit herself (we feed her by NG tube). So keep praying for her! Also some asked how Doreen is doing with her baby, she doing well, is giving breastfeeding, she is struggling with her arm, she finds it hard to handle the baby, but now she can bath her herself and she loves her!! Here a picture from me, Doreen and the little baby Els, it is a real beauty!!!

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