"The Lord will fight for you,
and you shall hold your peace
and remain at rest."
Across the world in the country of Uganda a baby died last night. A precious child of God who had so much of life before him. Born broken into a broken world he was. But not left behind, he was ushered into the home of a young missionary as one of her "gems" in The Gem Foundation that cares for children with special needs. Those in their care are loved on 24/7. They are given the best care by nurses and nannies day and night, and they know the Father's love through the serving hands and hearts of others. With loving on others often comes pain and sorrow. It is often the way of this broken world we live in. And sorrow has come with the loss of this precious child.
Sweet Emma is fulfilling her calling as a missionary, having been called by God at age 8 or younger.... Determined, she would pray every night, "Please God, let me be the one who gets to help the orphans in Uganda." This did not come from mom and dad, she drew them in with her passion and has been taking mission trips there to, as she calls it, "my Uganda" since she was 13. Now at age 21 she lives in the red dirt of Africa and is experiencing firsthand the joys and sorrows of her calling. God has orchestrated His plan for The Gem Foundation, the home Emma and her staff maintain for the "undesirable" to be loved and cared for. The enemy comes to kill steal, and destroy, but God is in the midst of them and the work He has ordained is coming to pass.
Prayers were lifted and knees bent to ask God to restore Arthur's health. And Arthur died. I will not share my thoughts nor the thoughts of others here on God's will for healing. There are unanswered questions, but today is a time to lift up Emma and her staff, and grieve with hope. The hope of knowing Arthur is with Jesus. The vision God provided for me in the wee hours of the night as I prayed was of a radiant toddler, holding on to the hand of Jesus while laughing. I expect this is how we all will feel when we enter Heaven. Welcomed by Jesus, we will be radiant, joyful, and at rest in His Presence.
There is great loss being felt today for this child who touched the hearts of so many in his Gem home and around the world. Lord have mercy. Hold up your children as they hold on to Your peace knowing that for Arthur, suffering has been replaced by joy. Emma, the staff, Linny and Dwight and the family grieve in hope. We all grieve with hope and hold on to peace. God is with us. He will fight for us. Remain at rest and hold your peace, friends. Hold your peace.
Please pray for Emma, the staff and the other children at The Gem Foundation home in Kampala Uganda. Please pray for the family of Emma and the directors of International Voice of the Orphan, Linny and Dwight Saunders and their treasures.