That face. The girl with the beautiful pink flowy skirt with her hands raised high and running in excitement. It’s that face, full of joy, that I can’t get out of my mind. When I close my eyes to pray, I see it. When I hear the word Uganda, I see it. When I think of the things that God is doing for these children, I see it.
When Mandy and Shay first showed me their pictures from the trip, I made them stop when we came across this picture. For me, it summed up the entire mission. The joy that is in her just leaps out! You can’t help but be moved by her.
I have so many questions – what’s her name? How old is she? What’s her story? What are her dreams, her fears, her hopes? To me, she represents what this mission is about. She represents the 1500 children that live at the orphanage. She represents the burden of God …to visit and help and care for the orphan.
Before Mandy and Shay went to Uganda, I had this vision of them visiting these sad, depressed children but oh was I wrong. Yes there is sadness at times and yes they live is deep material poverty but I’ve learned how rich they are. These children, dispite their pasts, are full of joy and have a love for God and people that I’ve never heard of. Mandy and Shay explained how happy they were for the simplest things. The stories are so life changing that I found myself seeing this life I live in a whole new perspective. God is my provider, the lifter of my head. He is my sustainer and the joy of my heart! She is the face of his burden and my burden!
I pray that God allows me to meet that face one day. I hope that I can hug her and explain how she’s affected my life and that I too will experience, every day, the joy of the Lord that this little girl carries with her daily. -Lacey