Monday, August 13, 2012

On Sunday morning, I woke up thinking, "The next time we write Ronald, I want to be sure and mention the Olympics. We've seen Uganda competing - I wonder if they've won any medals? It would be cool to congratulate him on that." 
I woke up thinking about that because I had this post in queue, not because I am the world's most selfless person. 
We turned on the TV during breakfast, in order to catch men's marathon before church. Do you know who won?
Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda. A "major surprise," and Uganda's first and only medal of the games - gold. We were cheering like crazy. What a gift from God.

Then there is the reason I started this post. We sent Ronald a small, $25 gift for his birthday. Do you want to know what he spent it on?
(Writing him back)
A hen and a "sheep" - which we are thinking must be a goat, since that definitely is not a sheep. Some things are lost in translation, but the picture is priceless. He still isn't smiling, but he is wearing a school uniform. That is progress! He is enjoying school, and from what he wrote, his entire family is thrilled about the hen and the goat. He says they are praying for us - for us! We are praying right back. 
He's going to be pretty tickled about what is coming next. I told a friend of mine about him, how he spent his birthday money on a hen and goat and sent us that sweet picture. This friend has spent some time in Africa. She's seen little boys like Ronald - hugged and touched them. She insisted on pressing money into my hand for him, because she wants him to know that even strangers care about his situation. She wants him to know that God is always working.
Even in Africa.
Even in casual conversations.
When you least expect it.
On Sunday morning TV.
During marathons.
Major surprises can happen.
For athletes.
For young boys.
There is gold for Uganda.

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4 Responses to “Gold”

  1. I love this post. God's been speaking to me about Uganda. I love your last line: "There is gold for Uganda." Indeed there is. Heavenly treasures and more. Thank you for sharing such a lovely post.

  2. Oh, I love this Courtney. He is so blessed to have you in his life and the serendipity of your thoughts and the Olympics and his precious life all entwined is just awesome. 

  3. I'm so glad you liked this, Shelly. I count you as one who consistently inspires me about Africa!

  4. Jamie - That is how it worked for me. I read Kisses from Katie, and God's been speaking to me about Uganda ever since. Love that.