One of the challenges i have found living in a foreign country is preparing or call it cooking food you dont know. Right now , i have lots of food, American food in the refrigerator and cupboard, but i dont know how to cook it . I will never forget a day i ate raw beans , i had bought tinned beans and i knew all i had to do was warm them a bit for one minute in a micro wave oven. There are days i have gone hungry, because i look at the food and i really wonder how to cook. So some of the days, i buy food i was used to in Uganda, like Rice, i think i eat rice 5 days a week, because that is what i know how to cook and that is what i can find in the stores in America that is similar to what i was used to in Uganda. Then recently i got to know that i could buy chicken drum sticks from Target, so some times i buy those drumsticks and cook that, and eat it with Rice. AGain its because Chicken is the same like we have in Uganda. Common also in my diet is Milk, i buy that from 99 cents and eggs. I eat friend eggs everyday for breakfast . The other thing , i learnt to make is Sandwich, so i make a sandwich , i will use bread, Bologna , and Cheese , and Lettuce . Sincerely most of the days, i will eat what i dont know. I dont know what Cheese is made of i dont Bilogna, when i visit people or go to functions, they serve foods and i eat, but most cases i even dont know what i am eating. Mexican friends of mine one day, served me with something called Tamales , up to now, i dont know what a tamale is, but it tastes good. And the food is AMerica is diverse, there many types of food state to state, home to home, everyday i see a different type of food. In Uganda we never eat raw vegetables, but here they serve leaves and cabbages, and many times i will eat leaves mixed with ingredinets i dont know . Then there is what they call Pizza, i have eaten that too, but i dont know what it is made of, what is a Pizza?
The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. Genesis 12:1
On 31st October 2014, i left Uganda my country, God told me to leave and go to countries where He will work through me to bring hope to nations.
I left Uganda and landed in USA . The word God gave me , is Genesis 12:1 , and He kept confirming it through different people and situations in my life .
I am on a mission, and every day i am seeing God.
The first 5 years of a child are very important, we have learnt at Wells of Hope that Children who lost their parents to imprisonment before they made five years get more affected than children whose parents were imprisoned when they were above 5 years!
The freeway of Life:
The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8 NIV
I get amazed by the American road network, and I find the freeway breathtaking. The times i have been driven on the freeway, my mind never stops to wander , i have been like a tourist who has enjoyed seeing all this magic on the roads for no pay .Thanks to the American People!
Everything that happens on the freeway has taught me a lot about life.
On the 2nd day of this year , my friend Mark was driving me to the Train station at a high speed so that I don’t miss the train, he is one of the best drivers I have met , so to comfort me he told me that in his early life he used to race cars. while the talk was going on, we saw a car fly away from a long trailer and it crumbled though at a distance in our eyes full view. He then told me that, now he knew what it could mean driving behind long big long trucks/trailers like that one. Good enough the truck was on the last lane on the right, and the car flew into a ditch. I don’t think someone was hurt!
Its at that time that I remembered a few days past I had a conversation with Anna ,one of my friends who sponsors a child of a prisoner at Wells of Hope.She told me that, when she leaves her house , she commits her life to the Lord, because she cannot guarantee what will happen during the day, so she told me that, you can never know what will happen on the freeway!
My work in the prison has taken me close to people, who were walking their way, and they met trouble, most of them are innocent. There is this lady Called Betty, she told me that one day she was walking with her husband in the evening, when they passed by a trench, they saw a drunken man struggling for life , so they called the police. When the police came they found the man had died in the trench, so they took the dead body, and asked Betty and her husband to accompany them to give a statement, little did she know that ,this was the genesis of their way to the gallows for a murder they did not commit.
This arose from our Good Samaritan sessions in the prison, we normally ask the inmates, if they had known prior what would happen the day they were arrested, whether they would take that road. We share the good Samaritan story , which talks about a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. Luke 10:25 -37 says that this man was beaten and left there half dead. So The question we normally give prisoners in our sessions, is that, If this Man mentioned in this story knew that he would meet robbers on the way, would he have followed that route?, would he even have left his house? Many inmates identify with this question. Our intention is to teach that we should be willing to help people regardless, and reach out with a hand especially when dealing with HIV.
In life, most of us plan, we start out on a journey, on what I will call on the freeway of life, it could be a business, a marriage, education, a career, name it, with high expectations, but sometimes things happen along the freeway, and they change the course of our lives, for good or bad and for some people they never get to their intended destination.
But what should we do? The bibles says that the Lord will watch over your coming and going , we should abandon our lives to Him, so that He can lead us . We should give Him the driver’s seat!
To avoid trouble on the free way, its advised to drive at authorized speeds, in our lives we should avoid our own speed and follow the speed of the Lord.
To avoid a ticket, obey the rules, God wants us to live according to His precepts, being prayerful does not mean to be careless.
Sometimes on the free way the road may get a little bumpy ,or you may find a road under construction and you may have to change the road to use, so that means we should yield and thank God when things don’t go our way, our ways are not His ways ,He sets up these diversions so that we escape trouble, also the Bible says give thanks in all situations, thank God!
If you have someone else in the car traveling with you, then you are permitted to drive in the car-pool lane. It helps you to beat the traffic and arrive quickly. In real life we should appreciate the support of friends, we should appreciate the good things, the blessings the Lord will shower upon us along the way. We should always look at the good side of life and thank the Lord always!
Let me talk about Road rage, we get disappointments, frustrated and angered even the littlest things could drive you crazy, but however dare the situation is, keep your cool the Lord is in control, forgive and move on .Shouting and getting annoyed by situations and people will not take us anywhere instead it derails us from the course, some people end up causing accidents because of road rage!
Life is a journey on a freeway, that we need to allow the Lord , to direct our paths,to show us the right lanes , at the right time . Proverbs 3:5 says, that Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
On the highway , sometimes you need to let other go infront of you, slow down, read signs ,read bumper stickers and billboards. Smile at your fellow freeway users, wave in gratitude if they let you go. I think you need to be cheerful and happy in life, be good to your fellow men, and be kind. my mother would add, “be considerate “
If we have committed our freeway to the Lord to drive us, whatever happens, He is the Lord and He will always be sovereign – Let His will be done! We should redirect our attitude and have faith in Him, instead of fear. Have Hope in the Lord! Psalms 23:4 says Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
The risks on the highway should not stop us moving, and living our lives,God is our insurance,He is our everything!
Everyday, every moment commit the freeway of your life to him, Psalms 12:8 says, The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”’ Numbers 6:24-26(NKJV)
THE TOP PHOTO is used with permission from Andrew Lwere , he took the photo while on the Deck of Sears Towers, Chicago in 2010
Losing a parent to imprisonment can be life damaging event for a child,but does not need to be.High Quality child centered visits to prison and supporting the community can make an enormous difference to life chances for children of prisoners.
The gong goes its Roll call time in heaven.I can see people walking in haste emerging from their mansions which have just been furnished,all wonderful!!!they walk on the glittering silver pavements towards the golden quadrangle,on which saints assemble in lines..Just above in front ,is the magnificent throne,on which the almighty God is seated,on his right is Jesus, the Man who sacrificed his life for us.
The fragrance of the air is just sweet,and i can see those faces of every saint beaming with Joy and unspeakable enthusiasm.These saints endured all the pain on earth,but were faithful up to the end .Jesus walks down to inspect the lines, accompanied by two angels,i forgot to say,just before that,Music praising God is played, i could identify easily with one of the choruses,it is the famous Halleluyah .The last time i had heard that chorus was on my wedding day, while we were still on planet earth.
Eventually, Jesus goes back to the throne and is handed a big Golden book,supported by Bronze stands,the cover of this book is all Velvet,all the time i had existed i had never seen such velvet material,So the roll call begins.I discover that the name s are arranged in sections,A-Z,in reading He does not go through the sections alphabetically,and under the sections the names are not arranged alphabetically,so He begins to call the names,Then i can hear saints answering so so strongly.PRESENT MASTER.they kept on varrying the responses , .Now Jesus ends with section F,and in that section, my names came last,for all that time i was on my tenterhooks,so i asked,curiously Master why is it that my name came last?,Then he says, You see, you have been trusting the good things you have been doing to bring you here, it was not untill recently, actually shortly before i came for you people that you started trusting me, so He reminds of a verse in ephesians which says 'for by grace that you have been saved through faith, not by your works that anybody should boast'So i asked Him, so master you mean i was trying to pay for my coming here?Then he answers,Yes Francis ,little did you know that i had paid for your being here fully, all that you had to do was to trust me,.So i thanked Him a great deal( while prostrating), and i requested him for an appointment so soon,because i knew, heaven business was going to be hectic, then he said 'anytime iam available for you, just i have always been,he reminded me, how i used to come to him in prayer,especially the days when the things used be difficult for me,then he said he was always available, actually, later on he showed me a replay of my life(on video),there were days when i used to struggle, forgetting that he was there yearning to help me.And i saw how i had at times pretended to be trust him yet i had placed him on the peripheral of my life,I i was filled with alot of praise and awe for Him.He had been so merciful to me,there days when i did not even pray to him ,for anything and he just gave me what i did not even know that i needed.
This was my dream the other day,May it add a blessing to the ones you are already having.It is my pray that whenthe roll call begins you will vbe able to sayPRESENT MASTER,
Gift of Gentleness and Learning to be a Gentle Person
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4: 5
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3
What is gentleness?
We use the word "gentle" to describe many things. The rain, wind, waves, and even music are often described as gentle. A touch can be gentle, and so can the sound of one's voice. Even movement can be gentle. But what about people?
A gentleman, according to the dictionary, is a man who is courteous or mannerly. A gentlewoman comes from a good family or superior social position. Yet, a gentleman or gentlewoman doesn't necessarli have to possess the trait of gentleness.
The peaceful beauty of a Lake victoria on a calm sunny day , when the winds are not blowing reminds us of gentleness.
I think gentleness is intertwined with kindness. If you are gentle, you are calm. Gentleness is a quality that comes from the heart and soul. Truly gentle people give of themselves, and they empathize with others. They establish peace.
Some associate gentleness with passivity and weakness. Not true! Actually gentle people are quite strong because they know how to remain calm and show restraint. When a gentle person becomes angry or frustrated, they keep emotions in check and control their reactions. They do not rage at others, rather they remain composed.
Why gentleness is good. Gentleness calms people and decreases chaos. The result is less stress for everyone. Consider the following example. A teacher is trying to settle a class down so they can get back to the business of learning. In the classroom, there is much noise and chaos. Students are leaving their seatings and talking way too much for any learning to occur. The teacher could choose to yell over the noise of the students, or argue with them. Instead the teacher tells the students in a nuetral tone, "I'm ready to teach when you're ready to learn" and sits down to grade papers. Nut surprisingly, the students settle down, and the teacher continues the lesson. The teacher chose to handle the class in a gentle manner, and the class responded positively. The class felt less stressed and continued on with their daily activities.
Two reasons why gentleness was the right strategy: The amount of stress on students decreased, and the teacher also taught her class how to respond in a gentle manner. The teacher did not demand or threaten students. Learning to be gentle is an important skill we all need to practice.
How we can be gentle
1- Think before you react or respond. People react too quickly to situations without taking time to think about how reactions and responses affect others.
2- React in a calm manner. Sometimes actions appear threatening to others. Fold your arms or keep your arms at your sides and avoid appearing threatening. Also, talk quietly in a normal speaking voice. Screaming only escalates a situation.
3-Learn to empathize with others. If you can learn to imagine what it's like to walk in another's shoes, you can better understand that person and respond to them in a gentle way.
4-Respond with kindness. Avoid negativity, and think about ways to make a situation better. Don't worry about being right; instead focus on what you can to do to help others, and, in turn, they will help you.
Being gentle is something you must work at, and it does not come easy. Some of the strongest people I have known have been very gentle, and through their actions they have shown others how to be kind. Gentleness is reflected in how you treat others. Try to respond to others in a gentle and loving way.