Sacrifice By The Handful

A group of widows in northern Uganda know first-hand the struggles of living in poverty. Yet somehow, having less doesn’t stop them from giving more.

When Amazing Grace Children’s Home moved to its permanent location in Adjumani, Uganda, a temporary kitchen helped get the home established. Lacking funds for improvements, they used it until local officials ordered it torn down due to safety issues. Significant fundraising efforts by friends of Lahash provided a new kitchen and dining room building, and donations from Rice & Beans Month helped supply appliances, cookware, and other finishing touches. Today, diligent cooks add hearty measures of love and commitment to every pot of food, and children gather with joyful chatter as their plates are filled in this welcoming communal space.

In addition to this much-needed structure, the impact of Rice & Beans Month extends beyond the Amazing Grace compound and into the hearts of a unique group of women.

These women attend the same church as the Amazing Grace kids, and were surprised by the news that Christians on the other side of the world were altering their diets to help orphans in Adjumani. Although extremely vulnerable themselves, the women were inspired by the sacrifice of others, and were moved to join the effort.

The majority of them are South Sudanese widows, living as refugees in Uganda. Slowly, they are rebuilding their lives with the help of foreign aid, UN assistance, and most significantly, each other. Through facing loss, displacement, and poverty together, they have learned the importance of solidarity and support. So, from their meager resources and monthly food rations, they began to set aside a handful of beans here, a cupful of flour there. Once a month, they visit Amazing Grace to lead a time of praise and worship with the children, and compassionately offer whatever food they have collected.

Josh Petersen, a Lahash volunteer and traveler, had a chance to talk with some of these courageous women about their commitment to the kids. Although many words were lost in translation, the most important ones came through loud and clear: “Jesus gave, so we give.”

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