As we are waiting to travel and bring J home, it has been such a blessing to be able to meet in person or over the internet other families adopting internationally!
I wanted to share about a ministry in Uganda named Kirabo Seeds (its pronounced Keer-a-bow, like “rainbow”) started by some of those friends we have "met" during this waiting time. This ministry was started by an ordinary family who really didn't start out to begin the ministry (as a side note, I have come to realize that a lot of ministries have been started by ordinary families). They went over to Africa to adopt their daughter but while they were there God showed them that His plan involved a little more...it wasn't just to come home with their daughter…. it was to adopt a whole orphanage! This is how Kirabo Seeds was born. I marvel at how God works! This family obeyed the call from God and began this ministry that is providing hope and love to children of the Kyengera orphanage! These children cried out to God for deliverance and he answered mightily! Orphan care is so much more than adoption. Adoption is a huge part of it but for the church it has to be so much more. We also know that it has to be both domestic and international orphan care...it shouldn’t be a matter of “either/or”. There are so many awesome ministries out there, but if you feel God leading you to help Kirabo Seeds please go to their website http://www.kiraboseeds.com/ or my new friend Tonya's blog http://www.tonyalatorre.wordpress.com/ and help out in any way that you can! You can sponsor a child or buy a necklace or send vitamins or whatever else strikes you! Here are a couple of pictures of the kiddos from the orphanage!
This summer Jake and Elyse will be raising some money to help buy a goat for the Kyengera orphanage. While it may not sound like much to us, a goat for these kids means milk (better nutrition) and then the ability to make money from the sale of the goat milk which in turn leads to being able to pay school fees etc. They are so excited about this project! We read the book Beatrice's Goat by Paige McBrier, which is a story about Beatrice and her family and how they are given a goat through Heifer International and how dramatically their life is changed just through one goat! It is so easy to get caught up in the adoption/orphan cause but it is not about adopting, not about our family, and not about little J...ultimately it is about furthering the kingdom of Jesus! We pray that these kiddos see Jesus and his provision for them through the gift of a goat!
Where do the muffins come in? Jake and Elyse are kicking off their fundraising efforts and will be selling these muffins to our neighbors this weekend! We think they are yummy and wanted to share the recipe!
Chocolate Chip Muffins
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup white sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini or regular)
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease bottoms only of muffin pan or line with baking cups.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour,1/2cup sugar, baking powder, chocolate chips, and salt; mix well. In a small bowl, combine milk, oil, and egg; blend well. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until dry ingredients are moistened (batter will be lumpy).
3. Fill cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle tops of muffins before baking with a combination of 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons brown sugar.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool just a little before removing from pan.