Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Little Watson Cries..


At the baby home before every trip

 I have to prepare myself for not seeing some of my sweet babies.

Some of My babies are either adopted, 
reunited or fostered. 
Some are moved onto orphanages where they will remain until they turn eighteen.

Some of the changes are good but some just hurt on the inside.

This trip I had to prepare myself

for the fact that I won't be seeing my Edith.

I wouldn't be seeing Francis.

I wouldn't be seeing Gideon or Gilbert the 4 year old twin boys!

I wouldn't be seeing crazy little man Anthony.

I wouldn't be seeing shy little Barbara.

I wouldn't be seeing sweet little Stuart.

It's hard every trip I have to prepare myself.

Every trip when I say goodbye and hug them one more time.

I have no idea if I will ever see them again.

I have no idea if it will be the last time I hold them in my arms.

The time I held Edith in my arms and whispered I love you in Luganda
 "Un kwagala nyo"
 she whisperd back to me
"Un kwagala nyo"

It was the last time I ever got to tell her I love her.

The time I put her in bed was the last time I got to tuck her in bed.

Its always a different feeling to know they won't be there screaming
When I walk through the door.

It hurts and it hurts.
Saying goodbye is so painful.

This trip I had more goodbyes to say more love to give more hugs to treasure and store in my memory.
I had to hug one of my precious little man Watson goodbye.

There is talk he is leaving soon 
He has always been my baby

I met him when he was in the new babies room.

Now he is almost three years old!
He is a special needs little man but it never stops him.
He is the smartest little guy you'll ever meet!

He always has been my baby

He latched onto me this trip and wouldn't leave my side.
Everyday he would run to me and lift his arms up.
He is getting to be quite the talker so he'd point and say something like
"down there" as he pointed to the playground.

Really he's a smart boy!

He's always been the baby I look for when we arrive.

This time as I hugged him in my arms and told him I love him.

I  couldn't stop thinking this is most likely the last time I will get to hold him.

The last time I will whisper to him that 
"Jesus Loves him"
The last time I will whisper to him "I love you".

As I held him and went to put him down he burst out crying.
He knew I was leaving.
As the tears streamed down my face
I turned back for one last glimpse as he tried to catch me and the mama pulled him back.

His cries echoed as I walked away.

Oh Watson I wish I could bring you home with me,
 I love you little man!

I will never forget you for you have a place in my heart thats reserved only for you.

Please join me in praying for 
for healing for his special needs and a family! 

God has big plans for my little Watson!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Arrived in the USA

We have officially arrived in the USA!

Boy does it feel so so so so so so so so good!

We have had a 7 hour layover here in Chicago!
It's been well, really long! 

I was so happy to be able to eat American food!
I don't know if it's ever tasted so good!

My Dad has been sleeping on the airport floor 
so I thought I would try to write a quick post to update you all!

My Dad and I are just both ready to be home.
We miss the family so much!

The whole family and my friend Savannah are coming to pick us up from the airport in ABQ!

I can't wait to hug my Mom and brothers and sisters! 

I have missed them all so much!

We fly out in the next 3 hours and head to ABQ.

We will be staying the night there and then driving home the next morning!

Please continue to pray for our last flight!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Leaving ghana

Ghana has been wonderful and I have lots of stories to tell you all!
Dad has been sick,he's really dizzy and has dearea! Please pray for healing as we have a long trip ahead! Please also pray for our flights! Pray for protection and safety! I will try to post later on!! Thank you in advance for all your prayers!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Letter From Emma Joy

  • (mommy can you post this whole letter on my blog)
    "Yes, Miss Emmy Joy, I'm happy to."  

    Hey Everybody,

    I really miss you all. Only a few more days and I will be home!!

    Ghana is beautiful and I really love it.

    I wake up to the ocean every morning. At night I fall asleep listening to the waves roll in. It's seriously like amaze's me when I look out the winow and see the ocean is still there.
    It's really incredible who would think you can live this close to the ocean!

    I am about to head off to inner Ghana towards Togo for the pastor's confrence starts tomorrow.

    I am excited to drive and see what it looks like:)

    Yesterday we visited two orphanage's and I loved the children.
    One of the girls wouldn't let me go she is precious.

    Today we had church on the porch it was so wonderful!
    There was about 30+ people mostly children.
    One of the little boys fell asleep on the cement floor.
    I scooped him up and he snuggled in my arms and he slept and slept! His name was "fletch". he' sooo cute:)

    Anyways I need to go before I lose internet!

    I love you all so much!! And I will try to write later or tomorrow:)
    I Miss you,

Friday, June 17, 2011

Off to Ghana!

I just wanted to post real quick and to tell you all I have arrived back in Belgium.
After looking around Brussels for 7+ hours
  I am now boarding the plane for Ghana! 
I am so excited.
Please be praying for our flights and I will try to post when I get to Ghana!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The little boy in the striped shirt part three! SAFE!

This passed week we went to the slums,
but before we got there Courtney 
{one of the girls on the team} 
was feeling really sick.

 so as soon as we got to the slums
we switched van's and I went with her back to the guest house.

I was really sad as I left because I realized I wasn't going to get to see

"The Little Boy in the Striped shirt" 

I wasn't going to get to see his little brother either.

I was so sad. 

But I thought maybe somebody on the team will see him and take some pictures.

Well then Sunday came around and nobody had mentioned seeing him and his brother.

 I was so sad.

But then I looked over as I was coming out of church in Ssenge village 
and there was John {kisam's little brother} 
all dressed up and at church.

And then I found out that he has joined African Hearts Boy's home in Ssenge!
I was so excited and I couldn't believe it!!
I was so Happy!

Some of you may know "John" as the little boy who was trampled 
when we were getting ready for the wedding off of my mom's blog.

Then I asked about Kisam and found out that his guardian wouldn't release him
so that he could move to the boys home.

I was so heartbroken.

The little boy in the striped shirt was alone in the slums.

Then Friday came around as I walked up to greet the boys and Moreen.

I looked over and there was Kisam! 
He was safe!
At last finally he was being cared for and loved.

I am so excited to show you the little boys in the slums -
that are now safe at
African Hearts Boys Home!

Yippee Jesus!
That's God for you!
Thank you for all of your prayers!

 and now you can all see that -


Saturday, June 11, 2011


Yesterday it rained and rained and rained!!
I don't think that I have ever seen so much rain!

I thought that because of the rain the kids would not come for VBS.
But Man was I wrong!

When we arrived to start VBS,
we had about 100 kids waiting anxiously.

We started with singing some songs!

We sang "This little light of mine"
"father Abraham"
and many many more.
As we sang more childran from the village kept arriving.
They were from all over, some having walked for miles.

They came dripping wet in their best clothes.
Oh how excited their little faces were.

I shared a story from the Bible
{with the translator's help}
When we asked who wanted to ask Jesus into their heart,
I have never seen so many children's hands shoot up.

I asked one of the girls on the team  to count and she lost count in the 70+ hands raised.

These children wanted Jesus so badly.
Their  hands went flying up all around the room.

I'm pretty sure Heaven is still having a party!

Friday, June 10, 2011

VBS begins!

Today the third annual VBS in Ssenge Village began.

It was so exciting as we pulled up after lunch to begin the program,
 the children were standing outside waiting for us. 

They were singing songs and dancing.

It was such a welcoming site.
I couldn't help but smile.

We had 250+ children show up.

They were waiting anxiously and excited.

We held it at the new African Hearts school.

Really it was so exciting.

Back in July 2008 I would never have dreamed in my wildest dreams that God would use me to lead a VBS program for 250+ children in a little African Village.

It really is such a dream come true.

The children come from all over the surrounding villages.

Tomorrow we are expecting more children because today many were in school.

Please be praying for the kids to open their hearts to hear the gosple
Pray that they would be touched.

Pray that God would use us and that he would continue to brake the teams hearts for what brakes his.
Please also continue to pray for Daniella!

{hopefully tomorrow my pictures will finally work}

xoxo -Emma

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Baby Daniella

I want to tell you all a story of one of the babies at the baby home that I met she is the sweetest little treasure and by little I mean LITTLE! 

She is tiny and beautiful.

I hadn't noticed her laying in her crib when I arrived until I saw that there was a baby inside the corner crib.

She was sleeping and so I just didn't realize she was there until Alei
 {one of the girls on the team} 
pointed her out to me.  There she was all skin and bones.

She is 10 months old. 

Almost the same age as my nephew.

She weights six pounds hardly a thing for being ten months old.

She has water on the brain due to being starved as a new baby.

She is malnourished. And so skinny.

When I hold her in my arms I feel like I am holding a stick.

Her whole body is so small. 

She is long but there is so many bones.

When I hold her in my arms I feel that she will brake in pieces.

She is so sick and weak her body can not handle the food she spits up and spits up everything and anything she eats.

She has a huge need but it is not huge to GOD!

This precious baby is in need of a stunt to help drain the water  that is in her brain.

Her head is enlarged because of the water.

She needs surgery and she needs it fast.

Will you join in praying with me for a miracle for my Baby Daniella.

Pray for her to be healthy enough to have surgery.

Pray that she stops throwing up and can keep her food down.

Will you pray that God provides a way for her to have her surgery?

Will you join me in praying for my baby Daniella?

{Due to security reasons I can not share a picture of her but trust me she is precious}

The Little Boy with the Headache

In the village on Sunday {after service} the team broke up in to groups
to pray for those who had come forward for prayer.

There were over 60 people - men, woman and children, that came forward.

Many, many people had such huge needs.

There were so many children that came forward wanting - wisdom, school fees, to pass their test.

They were such sweet prayers coming from their hearts.

Then as the line got smaller there was this little boy maybe 8 years old.

He spoke in Luganda through the interpretor

He said "My head - it is paining me."

 I begin to pray for healing of his headache.

Then as I finished I said, "How is your head?"

"How does it feel does it feel any better?"

He answered,  "Yes!" 

That little boy had come with such a precious request.
It might seem small to some people.

But God cares about each prayer you pray. 

He cared and heard that little boys request.
He heard him ask for healing.

He came to God and God heard his cry.

Is that God for you or what?!

Maybe you have something you need to ask God for,
although it may seem small to you -  God cares!

Monday, June 6, 2011

updates :)

We arrived late Saturday night in my sweet Uganda. 
It was around midnight when we reached the guest house.

It feels so good to be back again.
Some people have told me "It feels like you were here yesterday".

Oh how good it feels to be told that.

I woke up early on Sunday morning not being able to sleep...
I was just to excited.
I was finally going to be able to hold my babies!

I can not tell you how amazing it felt to hold them again. 
Lots of my babies have left. Gone to live with there forever familes or they have been fostered.

It was good news but also sad to know they are not there when I walk through the gate.

We went to church in the village after voulunteering at the  baby home.
It was such an incredible service! 
I love having church the African way.
We danced and sang and danced some more!

Really you would love church in Uganda! 
After church I came to a conclusion
The first thing I need to do when I move here is enroll in dance class!! 

{The internet has been having problems so I have not been able to post. But I will try to upload some pictures tomorrow!}

Friday, June 3, 2011

Headin' Out

Today is the day I have been waiting for!
Today we drive to the airport.
For some of you who don't know I live in a small town!
 We have an airport but its really expensive to fly out from here.

So we have to drive 4 hours to fly out from New Mexico.

Since we are flying out so early in the morning we have to drive tonight and spend the night!

Then we fly out tomorrow morning bright and early early.

I can't wait to begin my 7th journey to Uganda!

I am so excited to see what God has in store for me for this trip!

Emma's mom, Linny here:
Emma asked me to post this...ooops. I forgot. Please forgive.  They are now two flights down...and in the midst of the third flight somewhere over the Atlantic.  Please join me in continuing to pray for their flights.  I pray I can hear from them once they land in Europe.  We'll see.