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!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Amun week in full swing 1

Today is the third day already from this amazing Amun week!! On Sunday we started with a morning meeting, Uncle Steven, from the Soroti YWAM base, shared about the love that God has for us. When we know and understand more of God's love for us, we can love others! We sing and dance a lot, so we have our daily execercises!! Uncle Julius (also from the YWAM Soroti base) plays the guitar and auntie Sarah helps leading the praise songs!
 Yesterday, Auntie Erne shared about how special we are to God and how much He loves us. She had a pot with sweets (GRACE) she shared with us, but to enjoy the sweet (Grace) we have to accept it and take it. It was a creative lesson with lots of small activities.
 Then Uncle Simon was teaching about relationships, what makes a relationship and what destroys it and how we can maintain a relationship. We do all the teachings in two languages, so that also the children who are not so fluent in English, will not miss anything.
 Today the teachings are all about HIV/AIDS. You can see on this picture the 4 photographs hanging from 4 children who were with us the last Amun week.They all past away this year...This is the reality and we have to be real. We remembered them, but we also know that if we are not careful, we have some pictures hanging there again with the next Amun week. We have to face reality. I took the younger children (9-12 years) separate, to give a simple lesson about HIV/AIDS and taking the ARV's medicines every day. Why they need to do that and why it is so important that they understand this. The older children stayed in the tent with Francis, Kevina and Mary teaching them about HIV/AIDS. I am so proud of them, this is also the reality, the children we have brought up, from very sick and very weak, are now teaching other children....They understand so well where they are going through, their teaching is from their own experience....
 They played a drama, Mary was the counsellor and gave the result of the HIV test to Francis...
The children were paying good attention, it was hot and a bit long, but they listened. At this moment they are in 5 different age groups, talking more about the teachings, Francis, Kevina and Mary are also involved in leading those groups, together with our Amecet leadership and some experienced staff from the YWAM Sorori base. We pray this may build them up and encourage them to keep taking their medicines and not to give in to stigma's.
To be continued.........

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