As a mother myself, I look forward to the day because my two boys shower me with all sorts of affection. As they should! I carried them for 9 months, and have loved and nourished them for the 8 to 10 years they have been in this world!
As I think about my kids and even my own mother whom I love, I can’t help but think about a few “Moms” in Western Uganda that I have had the privilege to know and call friends.
Within our partner organization, Bringing Hope to the Family, is a children’s home called Home Again. 110 kids, birth to age 18, call this place home, and they are cared for by several housemothers.
Mama Jackie sticks out.
It is hard to find words that give Mama Jackie the justice she deserves. This “mom” has easily raised up 30+ children, all of them she loves as if she birthed them herself. I don’t think I could do that. During the 5 years of living next door to Home Again, I witnessed the amazing love she had for the children who were put into her care. I can say with 100% confidence that several children would not be alive today if it wasn’t for her love and devotion to nursing those extremely sick and malnourished babies back to health.
When Jackie is given a new baby to take care of, she is instantly in love. I know this woman has so much in store for her when her life here on earth is finished for all the love and sacrifices she has made for the sake of these children. The long nights with crying babies, cooking and cleaning up after them, I could go on and on. When one of her babies is in the hospital, she doesn’t leave their side.
It is a special kind of person who has the capacity to love like that! So on this Mother’s Day, don’t forget about Mama Jackie. If you wouldn’t mind, pray a special blessing for her, that she may have strength and good health. Pray that her heart will continue to have even more room to love and care for the children she is entrusted with.
Oh, and love on your momma, too!
Happy Mother’s Day!
On the ground in Mombasa, Kenya