A Gift Named Edward

Note: This is the third in a series of posts about my missions adventure in Uganda in the spring of 2018. Click here to read other posts in this series.

Walking through the green field of banana trees, a soft breeze rustling the leaves, entering through a red brick gate, I let out a contented sigh. Small children chant, “You are welcome! You are welcome!” while nannies corral toddlers and cradle sleeping infants. The Parental Care Ministries (PCM) Omwana House.

I LOVE babies, and after my first trip to Uganda in 2016, one of my favorite memories was of visiting the Omwana House. “Omwana” means “baby” in Luganda, one of the many languages spoken across Uganda. Founded in 2014, nannies in this home take care of babies who are orphaned or abandoned or whose families are unable to provide for them.

The Omwana House is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Hope, peace, and joy live here. This is where lives are saved, and little ones are nurtured with the love of the God who created them. On my first visit, I enjoyed playing with the older kids and snuggling baby Jeremiah.

Some of these children were neglected by their parents. Some of their mothers are now in prison for not taking proper care of them. Some of their mothers died while giving birth to them. At Omwana they have found a loving family, the chance to learn about Jesus, and the opportunity to receive an education through the PCM schools once they are old enough.

On this trip, my team and I were able to return to the Omwana House and see how it has grown over the past couple of years. The construction of a second cottage was recently finished so the boys and girls can sleep in separate rooms. There are five more babies there who I hadn’t met before. Several of the kids are now attending primary school, and my buddy Jeremiah is much bigger than when I last saw him (and just as happy as ever).

While we were spending time with the babies, I got to meet the newest addition, Edward. Baby Edward’s mom died in childbirth, and as he was his parents’ ninth child, his father was unable to care for him. He was moved to the Omwana House, a safe place where he can thrive and grow.

During my trip, my family and I decided to sponsor little Eddie. I am so excited to have a new family member as a result of this trip, and I look forward to watching him grow up. What a gift!