Monday, March 21, 2011

Rain Is Here!

Dear Friends,
Praise the Lord! When I opened my email today (March 16) ... the subject line said, "Rain is Here!" They said, "Yesterday we received a lot of rain, and today it has also rained a lot. It is an answer to prayer. Its like we are seeing rain for the very first time" God has answered prayer!

Here is the thank you from our family in Uganda...
"First and foremost, we want to thank your continued prayers for our country. For the past two days its been raining around the country, and we are very grateful for that. We know that it's out of prayers that we are receiving this rain. Everyone was worried. The prices of every thing has gone unbelievably high."

I pulled up the national weather report...and they are predicting thundershowers and shattered showers for the next 10 days! Amen!

Pray that prices of food and supplies will come back down to normal. Prices had tripled and doubled for many items during the drought. They just bought a bag of beans for about $100 when normal cost is closer to $50 to $60. Pray for us that God will provide for these extra costs.

Yesterday, my daily reading took me to Psalm 68. I prayed verses 7-10, that God would answer our prayers for rain...

"...the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance. Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor."

Our God is good! Thank you for caring for our children. Pray for the rain to continue!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Continue to pray for rain

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your continued prayers for our children in Uganda. Thanks to everyone who replied back to let us know that you are joining us in prayer. We still need your prayers. Today my reading took me to Psalm 65. At the end of this email I have included the passage for you. It gives hope that the rains will come. Our God will provide.

Here is a message to all our supporters from Raining Hope Children's Home in Uganda. They wanted you to know how much they appreciate you...

Greetings to you all from Raining Hope Uganda, I am writing this to let you know that we are grateful for your great support towards us here in Uganda. Its been out of your generous countribution toward us that has seen our kids get a better life. All our kids are in school and also able to feed well. This is a great challege, but thank the Lord that with your help, we are able to eat, shelter and also have our kids go to school. We greatly appreciate your great contribution so much, and we pray that the Lord shall continue blessing you and also expand your territories. We are praying for you all, and we love you so much. We don't have much to say, but what we have to say is that we are very happy that you are a blessing to Raining Hope Children in Uganda. Also we are very grateful for Aunt Eydie who has stood with us to ensure that all is well at this side of the world, Thank you so much Aunt Eydie, We love you so much and always praying for you and also appreciate all that you are doing. You are a mother to many children here in you Uganda. God bless you.

Psalm 65[a]
1 Praise awaits[b] you, our God, in Zion;
to you our vows will be fulfilled.
2 You who answer prayer,
to you all people will come.
3 When we were overwhelmed by sins,
you forgave[c] our transgressions.
4 Blessed are those you choose
and bring near to live in your courts!
We are filled with the good things of your house,
of your holy temple.
5 You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,
God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas,
6 who formed the mountains by your power,
having armed yourself with strength,
7 who stilled the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
and the turmoil of the nations.
8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.
9 You care for the land and water it;
you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
to provide the people with grain,
for so you have ordained it.[d]
10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
11 You crown the year with your bounty,
and your carts overflow with abundance.
12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
the hills are clothed with gladness.
13 The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing.

Thank you from our hearts,

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pray for Rain

Dear Raining Hope Friends,

I would like if you could join me in prayer for the nation of Uganda. Our home sent us word that they are experiencing a drought In Uganda. It has been a very long time since they last had rain. The government has been announcing over the radio that the drought conditions are on an increase and people are urged to store food. The price of everything has gone way up. The maize flour we purchase for posha has doubled in price. The price of beans is unbelievable. At the home, they are trying to cut down on the food cooked to help conserve and ration. They are trying to be good stewards of what we have.

Their prayer request is that things would get back to normal or this situation will get worse. They said that our town of Jinja did receive a little cloud of rain on Saturday. But that was the only place. The country as whole is in great need.

Even with this situation, the word from Raining Hope Children’s Home is, “The kids are doing well, only it is very hot and all things have been going up. But we are fine and praying for you in daily devotions.”

Please join me in prayer for our children and for the country of Uganda. If there was ever a time they needed rain…it is now.

Zechariah 10:1

1 Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime;
it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain to all people,
and plants of the field to everyone.