Thursday, May 23, 2013

Unsuspecting Angels

I want to tell you the story of a little girl.  She was not my little girl but one that impacted our lives and yours in an amazing way without ever knowing it.  Perhaps an angel.  Her name is Ruth.  A small name of only four letters with a very big meaning.  Biblically we all know the attributes associated with Ruth – kindness, pity, compassion, loyalty, charity, mercy, and sympathy.  You may be thinking, “But I don’t know this girl.. How can she have impacted my life?” so let me elaborate.
 It was because of the compassion of Christ through us to Ruth’s father that we first met her shortly after her birth and the death of her mother in the village.  You see her mother did not get proper pre and post natal care and developed complications which lead to her death.  This is a common occurrence in the village and so Steve went with our friend and guard Richard Otim to bury his wife and try to save his child.  I say save his child because after the death of a mother the infant often times follows due to dehydration and starvation from lack of adequate milk substitutes since wet nursing is taboo.  Steve dealt with the burial which was complicated by a balance due on the bride price which had to be paid before the clan would allow their daughter to be buried.  After the price was paid and the young mother properly buried they made arrangements to leave the small fragile infant with a WYAM nurse in the town of Soroti. She was adequately cared for until Otim could make arrangements with his clan for a nanny to come with him to Kampala to watch the children while he worked the night shift as a guard.
It was at this WYAM babies home that Ruth unknowingly changed our lives because it was this trip and this place where we met our daughter Janet Acimodo Hoyt.  This was the place that Christ’s plans of charity, mercy, and compassion flowed from this little girl’s need into our family and overflowed into another little girl’s life…Janet.  You all have been touched by God’s faithfulness and goodness in the story of our daughter Janet and thus I say you have been impacted in an amazing way as you get to see Janet’s life unfold and point daily to Christ’s goodness.  Janet moved from death to life eternal and continues to be strong in body and spirit and she carries this banner of charity, mercy, and compassion to all her friends and the babies she helps as she volunteers in the nursery at church.
Ruth and Brian moved from Soroti to live with us for a couple of years after the death of their mother and it was a blessing to have them around laughing and growing with our kids.  I have not seen them for several years because they moved back to the village.  Otim remarried and lost another family member to complications with childbirth on the very night we received our dear beloved Hannah almost 5 years ago.  I remember pacing the floors with Hannah in my arms and the phone on my shoulder as he was losing his baby boy.  It was such a bitter sweet night as I held my own new baby in my arms engulfed in God’s great grace to me and feeling Otim’s great loss. 

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:1-5.

These verses were sung by my angels throughout my home this year for their memory verse and it is amazing how in my difficult times I can hear their sweet voices singing His words as a balm to my soul.  It is with a sad heart that I ask for your prayers for Otim and his family as Ruth died yesterday at the age of 7.  The circumstances are difficult for me to understand as I feel that all of these deaths were preventable with proper healthcare.  I have been shocked and angered and even raged at this world but in my sadness I just realize that these men need Christ and only through Christ can they lead.  Who will first lead them, who will teach them how Christ loved so they can love with the same fierce, passionate, prevailing love.  I pray that God meet Otim in his grief and teach him how to love his son Brian as they feel the sadness left by such a large void, a void so vast it is hard to believe it was left by a seven year old girl.

Just as the book of Ruth is a story of redemption and a page in the bigger plan of salvation I believe in the plan that Christ is working in the lives of those around me even when I am raging against the storms that want to consume this heart of flesh.  I have hope and it is in Christ’s great love and plan of salvation.  Be encouraged that Ruth has been called home to be redeemed and has entered the land of Her God for eternity and she is consumed with his love, the storm can rage on but it has been calmed by the Great Redeemer at this time for this little girl.  Praise be to God for unsuspecting angels.

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About the Hoyts

Steve is a Construction Manager and Architect with eMi EA serving the Lord Jesus Christ in Uganda Africa.

Melinda and the girls are dedicated to learning and growing in love and grace through home school activities and community bible study with the ladies and children of Uganda.

About eMi EA

engineering Ministries international East Africa

The vision of eMi is to glorify God by offering hope to the spiritually and physically poor.

eMi EA's mission is to glorify God by exemplifying Christ's love to the spiritually and physically impoverished of East Africa by developing suitable facilities. We partner with Christian organizations in the planning, design and implementation of building projects which directly and effectively meet the tangible and spiritual needs of the people they serve. We use our God-given technical and spiritual gifts to enrich the lives of the people with whom we serve.