BOLAM Weekly Update: Keirungi Family Battling Illness
* Children: We learn in journalism that news is something out of the ordinary, e.g., a plane crashing is news and not the tens of thousands of routine flights. So, this week I sadly have news. I often report that the children had a good week. However, this week I must report that the children had a bad week because all of them had Ugandan flu. No worries! Ugandan flu is simply the American runny nose, fever, cough and cold. Please pray for the health and recovery of all of our children, but especially Namara as he also suffered from general body weakness and was admitted to the clinic. Thank you for praying for all of our children at Keirungi (Joseph, Alex, Amanya, Kato, Kakuru, Gift, Night, Determine, Murungi, Antony, Deo, Blessing, Shalom, Nunu, Evelyn, Friday, Namara, Innocent Tumuhimbise and Innocent Tumwesigye) and for those children we have resettled with their families (Ninsiima and Odongo and Opio).
* Staff: Our staff also suffered from illness this week. Please pray especially for Boaz and Medias.
* Animals: Continuing the disappointing news, one of our dogs (Sheeba) was bitten severely by stray dogs and its ear is badly hurt and almost falling off. We are giving it injections and we pray Sheeba will be okay.
* Agriculture: On a brighter note, our Keirungi family continues enjoying the eggplants we grew and our sweet potatoes are ready to harvest. We are currently planting beans.
* Adoption: All documents for the adoption of two of our children were approved by a lawyer in Uganda. The adoption agency we are working with has made an official referral to the Colorado couple seeking to adopt. The lawyer will now seek to set the court date in Uganda. Please pray that the process will go smoothly.
* Speaking Engagements: We give an update at Heritage Bible Church in Berthoud, CO, Sunday, March 9.
General Ugandan and Cox Family Update:
* Terrorism. There was a special on Dateline last Sunday about the Nairobi mall attack last fall. Please pray for those families who lost someone and for those who are recovering from injuries. Please continue to pray for God’s protection upon East Africa from terrorist attacks.
* Shoulder. Please continue to pray for healing for my shoulder. It is less tender (I can now travel in a vehicle without grimacing the whole time and frantically stating, “Watch out for the bump!”), but is still sensitive and sore. Please pray for patience for me and that God will give me wisdom in prioritizing. I haven’t been able to take a breath since last July (life has seemed to throw me one big event after another the last six-plus months). I likely will not be able to touch my “B” list until the fall, let alone my “A-” list.
* Quiet Time. I have been able to get back to more quality and quantity time with God the last week or so. I need God now more than ever. I’m too busy not to pray and spend time in God’s Word! I had a couple of profound prayer times not experienced the last few months and was challenged in this week’s Bible reading in Mark to live anticipating Christ’s return by watching and praying. I had gotten away from living with this perspective. Sadly, I think I’ve been anticipating the use of my arm again more than Christ’s return. How pathetic! However, I’ve repented and I am refocusing on vitally more important things in life such as making disciples and personally being a ministry to others. I said an, “Amen!” with great concurrence and experience to one of Charles Spurgeon’s devotionals this last week. I conclude with his morning devotional for March 8:
“Acts 14:22—‘We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.’
God's people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when He chose His people, that they should be an untried people. They were chosen in the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly peace and earthly joy. Freedom from sickness and the pains of mortality was never promised them; but when their Lord drew up the charter of privileges, He included chastisements amongst the things to which they should inevitably be heirs. Trials are a part of our lot; they were predestinated for us in Christ's last legacy. So surely as the stars are fashioned by his hands, and their orbits fixed by Him, so surely are our trials allotted to us: He has ordained their season and their place, their intensity and the effect they shall have upon us. Good men must never expect to escape troubles; if they do, they will be disappointed, for none of their predecessors have been without them. Mark the patience of Job; remember Abraham, for he had his trials, and by his faith under them, he became the ‘Father of the faithful.’ Note well the biographies of all the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and you shall discover none of those whom God made vessels of mercy, who were not made to pass through the fire of affliction. It is ordained of old that the cross of trouble should be engraved on every vessel of mercy, as the royal mark whereby the King's vessels of honour are distinguished. But although tribulation is thus the path of God's children, they have the comfort of knowing that their Master has traversed it before them; they have His presence and sympathy to cheer them, His grace to support them, and His example to teach them how to endure; and when they reach ‘the kingdom,’ it will more than make amends for the ‘much tribulation’ through which they passed to enter it.”