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!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Esther is admitted in the hospital...

In the previous blog , I wrote  about the birthday of Esther. She didn't feel good that day, but today she had fever and pain in her stomach. Our nurse took her to the doctor. He checked her and referred her to get a scan. We took her to a clinic which is good in scanning.
The technician saw something and advised us to do also an X-ray of the abdomen. Then he wrote a report and explained to us that he thinks there is an obstruction in the intestines. he referred us to the surgeon.... We found the surgeon in the theatre, he allowed us to come in the doctors room and read everything and looked at the X-ray and scan report. The only option is an operation,,,, And Esther is so weak and so malnourished, can she stand an operation???  
Esther was admitted in the hospital and they want to operate her tomorrow. We had to drive through Soroti to find the I.V. medicins the doctor prescribed. We are worried, but there is no other option..
The other thing is that I am leaving for a vacation to Holland tomorrow early in the morning. I leave Esther behind in the capable hands of two nurses, Deborah (at the right) and Marlinde (left). But it is hard to leave on this way. I prayed for Esther before I left and I kissed her, I pray that she will come through the operation and that when I am coming back in 4 weeks, she will still be there.......
So now I am packing the suitcases, I am going together with my two youngest daughters, Helen and Catherine. The oldest two, can not come because of their study.. But they will travel with us to see us off. We are leaving very early, because we also take baby Benjamin with us, he has to go for his checkup in Kampala. After that they will bring us to the airport. Mary and Sarah will care for Benjamin and they will travel back to Soroti the next day. Simon is driving us.
I was looking forward to go, but my thoughts are also with Esther.... Pls. pray for her........

Monday, April 17, 2017

Declaration of LIFE.......

 Today we celebrated the 9th birthday of Esther. We do not always celebrate birthdays, it is not so much in the culture here, but today, we felt that it was important to celebrate the life of Esther and to pray over her. She did not have her best day, she didn't smile and the other children were more excited that Esther herself. But I know she liked it and that she knows that we love her! 
 Esther is not gaining and she is not doing so well. We have been many times to the doctor with her. She just doesn't want to eat and every meal is a battle for her. We pray that this will be a different, good year for her, that she will be able to step out that negative circle and I pray for wisdom for us, helping her.
And we said goodbye to auntie Rebekah, she has been a blessing to many of our children!

Friday, April 14, 2017

A wise lesson from a tree....

 Every day, when I drive to Amecet, I pass this tree. Today I stopped to make this picture. The tree is so beautiful, so big and so colorful!!! It always lifts my spirit, when I pass there. This is the dry season, everything is dry and dusty, everything is yellowish and brown, but this tree is blooming in such a beautiful way!!! This tree must have deep roots, to be able to bloom during this season. It is possible.... I want to have deep roots, so I will be able to bloom in dry seasons.......
It is Good Friday today. It is a public holiday here in Uganda, the schools are all closed. Amecet is never closed, all the staff was working as normal, but together we paused and remembered what sacrifice Jesus made for us. we read the story, shared communion and thanked and praised Him for that gift of Life that we received because of His death.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Deborah went Home.....

Just maybe two hours after I wrote the blog, asking you to pray for Deborah, she passed away.
A beautiful little girl, with everything so cute and so right. I was in love with her little fingers, the little nails, it was all there!! After only 6,5 month of existing...... But it was too early for her, her lungs and heart couldn't cope with life....
My finger and her small fingers...... she was LIEF!!!  (sweet in Dutch)
Little Deborah, you tried and you fought, but now rest in the loving arms of Jesus!!

Baby Deborah is fighting for her life

Yesterday Dr. Engulu, from the clinic next door came to ask our help. There was a pre-mature baby born in his clinic, the mother was only 30 weeks pregnant, she had malaria and the baby didn't wait anymore and was born. A very little girl, weighing only 1.250 kg. she is on oxygen and several IV medicines.
 Deborah was laid in our incubator and Immaculate stayed the night with her, she is giving here an injection. The nurses from the clinic have been struggling to find a vein for the cannula.
The baby survived the night, but in the morning it went wrong, the heart stopped and it took time to get her going again. Here is our nurse Deborah listening to the heart of baby Deborah.
Please pray for this little girl, who had still 2.5 month to go inside the womb of her mother. Her body is not ready for this big cold world. This morning, we prayed together as a staff for her, her condition is still very critical.....

Sunday, April 9, 2017

New born (this morning!) twins...

This morning I was trying to get everybody out of bed, we wanted to go to church. Sarah was also home, with a friend, so we had a house full. Then at 7 am the telephone rang, it was a nurse from the maternity ward in Soroti hospital. There was a twin, born this morning, and the mother passed away, if we could help..... So everything went in a faster speed and I brought all my children (incl. the friend) to Amecet. There I got the papers and blankets for the baby's and together with Rebecah we went to the hospital.
Again a very sad story, the two baby girls were in breech position, so an operation was necessary. The mother passed away during the operation and the doctors rushed to get the baby's out alive. I talked to the father, who was in tears, and got all the information I needed to get. The family lived in Soroti, they asked me if I could drop them off at their home, I did, while Rebecah was holding the baby's. I had to come to see the mother, who was already brought home and laid in the little house. They will bury her tomorrow in their village.

Immaculate and Sarah helped bathing them, under supervision of Jane! 
Are they not beautiful!! Left is the oldest baby, Apio Stella (wt. 2.2kg) and at the right Acen Rose, 
her weight is 1.8 kg.
We were not able to go to church, but we were able to share God's love and compassion today. And there will be another chance to do so tomorrow...........

Friday, April 7, 2017

Team work!!!

Sometimes there are jobs to do, which are just too heavy or too complicated. It is good to be part of a team and to ask for help... This is what we did this morning. A couple of weeks ago we cut some trees in our compound, the reason of that was that the roots were going towards the building or the tree was not safe in case there was a storm.
One of the tree trunks was still laying in the compound, the rest was already removed, this one was too heavy.... so today we decided to move it more out of the way (yesterday I had hit it with the car☹)
We asked the staff to help and tried to push it together....
 They tried, but it was too heavy (left to right: Sharon2, Christine, Simon, Emma, Elias, Janet, David)
 We had started building the wall in the back of the compound and we asked the men who are working at the wall to come and help us..........
 And together the job was done!!!!
We have a drought in Teso land, no rain and everything is dry and dusty. It is a big problem, we had a bit of rain some time ago and people put their seeds in the ground, trusting that more rain would come. But no rain came, so the seeds will die if not soon the rain will come.
In Amecet we also have problems with the water. We have water through the pipes, from Soroti town, but most of the time there is no tap water. Than we have big tanks, we use to catch the rain water, but no rain has been there, so our problem began: a  house with 22 children, many still in diapers, so there is a lot of laundry, bathing etc. and we have men building a wall, which also needs water to make the cement..... Simon contacted the police and they came with their fire truck, to fill all our outside tanks.... We are very grateful...
In the evening, a rain storm raged over Soroti....... Thank God, for the rain and for more to come....