Archive for April, 2008

Futbol!

April 15, 2008

I was told today by Justin that the woman we brought from the hospital to her house on Friday passed away. Only a few hours after we brought her home she passed away. Please pray for this woman’s family as they are now dealing with this loss.

This past week we have had a couple from Canada come and visit ACTION Gulu. A young couple my age. Richard and Joy Sayer. They have been really involved with our ministries here which has been a great thing to see. Richard, the husband, plays futbol back in Canada so he wanted to play some here before they departed. They are leaving tomorrow morning. So I took him down to the wash bay where I go a few times a week to share Christ with about 40 street kids who are either orphaned or their parents cannot pay for their food so they wash vehicles, or they are just stubborn and don’t care enough to attend school. Richard and I brought a futbol to them today so that we could kick it around for a little bit. Upon arriving they all stopped what they were doing and headed over to the field right near the washing area. It was about 10 on 10 with around 20 on the sidelines looking on. I have a knee injury so I sat out. I was able to share Christ with the ones on the sidelines while Richard goal tended for the “shirts” team.

As I was looking out over the field I thought of the freedom that this children must feel. For this hour or so they don’t have to think about cars to wash, how they are going to get money for some little food to eat, not being in school, etc. They are free. They are just being kids, playing futbol, laughing and jumping and…being kids!! It was great to see this. Now, I could’ve just had them experience that freedom and take the ball and go home. But how could I leave them knowing physical freedom without being told again about spiritual freedom as well. How much more important is it for these children to know about freedom from sin and freedom in Christ?!? I have shared Christ with these children several times before, but there were definitely some that hadn’t heard it. I told Okello, one of the boys that the rest look up to, to gather all of the boys because I had something to share with them. They all came and sat down in front of me. Let me say that this may not seem like much to you, but to me and to Richard who was there it meant a lot. These street children, orphaned boys between the ages of 10 and 19 were sitting quietly in front of me as I shared about Christ and what He has done in my life. In the US it is hard to get children this age to sit still and they don’t have these hard life issues that these boys do here. After sharing with them Richard and I left by shaking each children’s hand saying “Lubanga mediguum medit!” Lord bless you abundantly. It was a great day!

Please continue to pray for these street children and for me as I continue to share Christ with them.

I thank you all for your prayers and support of this ministry. Lord bless you all!!

Til the nets are full,
Adam Hussey
adhussey@gmail.com
www.voiceinafrica.wordpress.com
 

Rubber Bands

April 11, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve heard it said that being in missions is likened to that of a rubber band. Actually, it was my director Jerry Bingham that told me this. Let me give you a fun activity to do so that we are on the same page henceforth. Take a rubber band, not an overly large one (unless you have hands like a bunch of bananas or something), and try to put the rubber band over your hand and onto your wrist without stretching the rubber band…. how did you do? I know the answer because I tried it about 30 seconds ago. It didn’t go over to well…no pun intended. The rubber band would be useless unless you stretch it. It is ineffective unless one uses it for the reason it was invented. Let me share something that happened to me today so I can really hit this home.

Upon arriving at the ACTION office this morning I was asked if I would be willing to drive Justin (Children’s ministry worker) to the local hospital to pick up an elderly woman from his church. After asking a few questions about her I found out that she was about 70 years old, a diabetic and that I was to take her home so that she could be with her family when she passed away. It was only a matter of time Justin told me. We pulled into the hospital drive way and proceeded to the wing that she was in. I want to interject at this point that I really have a hard time with hospitals. So much so that when my father would come home with leftovers from his hospice meetings I was unable to pull myself together enough to take one single bite. The hospitals in the US compared to this Gulu, free care hospital looked like the Ritz. Here is where the stretching part comes in. I walk into the hospital wing and am punched in the face with an assortment of smells and sights. I ask the Lord to give me strength to do this. I know I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13). He grants this to me and I proceed inside to help Justin and his pastor with this woman. She is put into the car and we are off. The roads were bumpy, rough, and filled with puddles. It felt like an eternity going from the hospital to her house. She never spoke, her eyes never opened and her head was going from side to side with each and every bump. Her granddaughter was in the way back trying to hold back tears, but failing to do so. No one ever said a word. Every person we passed stopped walking or biking and followed our vehicle with their eyes until we were out of their sight. We approached her house and carried her into her small hut at which time several other elderly ladies came and entered the hut to pray and cry with the granddaughter. We left.

I share this with you because if you are not being stretched you will never know the Christ giving strength that He grants to those who are His and who are obedient to Him. I am so thankful that He gave me the strength to stretch and help this woman out. My director also told me that when you stretch a rubber band too far it would break. I have also tried this and it works! He went on to tell me that if you stretch yourself too far you would break. It’s not God who stretches you to that point, it’s you! The bible says that God will never give you more than you can handle. I am thankful that God allowed me to experience this stretching today and to know full well that He follows through with what He says.

Are you being stretched? Have you stretched yourself too far? Ask God to give you opportunities that stretch you so that you may take part in what awesome things He has for you. Remember a rubber band is ineffective unless it is stretched. But also remember that its also ineffective if its stretched too far.

The Lord bless you. I pray for you all that you may know the power that is in Christ and the joy that is found in serving Him.

Til the nets are full,
Adam Hussey
PO Box 656
Gulu, Uganda
East Africa
adhussey@gmail.com
http://www.voiceinafrica.wordpress.com

Home of Love Easter

April 7, 2008