Saturday, June 25, 2011

Kwagala Means Love

I found out yesterday that in the Luganda language, one major language of Uganda, the word “kwagala” means “love”.

I find that to be so fitting!

Two weeks ago, as I was looking through children awaiting sponsors on the Compassion International website, a face caught my eye. It isn’t unusual, as I scan through the pictures and pray for the faces, that some of the sweet children pull at my heart.

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But this face… I don’t know if I can fully articulate, but once I saw Kwagala Deborah's face and read the story behind this young lady, I could not get her out of my mind. Several times a day, I would find myself looking at her profile. I posted her link here and there and mentioned her on my blog. I thought for sure that one of my family members or friends would also be captivated by her and stand up to sponsor her. But days passed and no one did.

A week ago, almost to the hour, I sat with coffee in hand and argued with myself. Well, not so much myself, as I believe I was arguing with God.

“Post on your blog. See if you can find a group of people willing to help you out with sponsorship.”

“I don’t want to get my hopes up and get disappointed. What if a few donate and we can cover her for a few months, and then the funds run out and we can’t continue.”

“Post on your blog. Amy was able to coordinate the group-sponsorship of Agnes. You have a lot of passionate readers with big hearts.”

“But, what if NO ONE is interested? What if I look like a fool? Someone who is always asking people for something.”

“Post. On. Your. Blog.”

Back and forth I went until I decided to just try, to put it out there and see what would happen.

Well, love happened.

In the last week, thirteen people (and their families) have joined together to shower one beautiful girl with support, love and prayers. Enough donations have rolled in to pay for Kwagala Deborah’s sponsorship through May of 2012. A financial gift has been sent and a necklace has been purchased. Early this week, I was contacted by a friend that I met on Our Compassion. She told me of her upcoming trip to Uganda and offered to squeeze a small gift for Deborah into her luggage and arrange to get it to her.

Instantly, I thought of a necklace, which would fit in the “very small and very light” requirements. I searched the internet for an inexpensive necklace with a heart or the word love, that would serve to remind Deborah that she is loved by many.

Of course, I didn’t realize, when I finally decided on this necklace, that it had Kwagala Deborah’s name written all over it. Love, love, love.

In the last week, many things have come to pass that show me, without a doubt, that God’s plan is unfolding. I can share more details in the coming month.

We still welcome others to come along side us and work together to lift this young lady up. You can read my initial post asking for help with a group sponsorship here. There are a few different ways to donate, if you desire, or you can commit to praying for Deborah. Also, if you look at the tabs under my page header, you will see a link that says “Group Sponsorship”. I will be posting regular updates there as well.

I send my deepest thanks to everyone who has stepped up to support this group sponsorship, whether with donations or prayer.

Yes, Kwagala means love. This experience has shown me the power of love and I pray that Deborah in Uganda can soon feel the love we have for her.

-Michelle