From: “Melissa Olmesdahl” Subject: BLOG, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
A NOTE TO ALL FROM MELISSA OLMESDAHL
Hi family and friends
One of the most amazing sounds for me is the sounds of the village at night. Sometimes I just lay there and listen to our kids worshipping God before I go to bed. I’ve only discovered this recently, but it’s so beautiful and peaceful. It’s like my own little piece of heaven to hear their sweet voices just before bed time, as they serenade the Lord.
It makes me think of the scripture in Colossians3:16 – Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
I told you last time about our little soldiers, and I just love them so much. They never fail to lift up my spirits and keep me motivated to spread the gospel.
Last Friday on our ladies prayer walk, many of our ladies didn’t arrive, and so at first we were just two, myself and one of our leading ladies, Dominica. At first I was a bit discouraged, but we had God’s business to attend to, so off we went.
We started singing as we walked, singing is part of our life style here, and before we knew it, we had a whole army of kids following us and singing along. We had our own crusade going. It was so cool, and the kids even laid hands on the sick with us. It was special, and such a confirmation that God is in control and His plans are mighty!
Sometimes mommies run out of milk, and out here, when a mommy runs out of milk, the babies have a very slim chance of surviving. Formula is really expensive, as most of you know, and in a place like Balama, a can of Formulas cost a whole pay check. It’s so sad.
So we have many people come to us because we run a baby care program, and every week we give out formula to the babies on our program. It’s really awesome to see God’s hand at work in saving all these little babies.
I’ve seen some really sad cases. Just last week, a very young couple came to get assistance from us, her milk had been dried up for two weeks, and by the grace of God, the baby was still alive. We mixed up some formula right there and then, and she was so weak she could barely drink. But she was hungry, so she drank that bottle right up.
Another little baby that came to us a few weeks ago was little Ester, when I told you about her she was 2,9 kg’s. Well, to give you an update, she is now putting on weight nicely, and we see her growing super strong every week. I look forward to seeing her pretty little face, she is so cute. Oh ja, and she has a strong pair of lungs on her.
Another big personality in a small little body around here is Dickson! He is a miracle baby. He was on our baby program, and started off also as a very under nourished baby, he was almost dead. Now he is big and strong and toddling around all over the place. He started walking in the last month, and it’s so cute how he waddles around. He is also quite the card at our ladies devotions, when we say Hallelujah, he shouts “Amen”, and it’s precious!
And our youngest orphan on the program has also just started walking. Her name is Ortencia, and she is the apple of everyone’s eyes around here. In fact she doesn’t get much chance to practice her walking skills, because everyone takes turns in holding her. You just can’t resist her big sparkling eyes, and chumby kissable cheeks though. She is totally adorable.
She was brought to us by her grandfather, she was left with him, but he is too old to be able to look after her. So now she is ours, and we love her to bits. She has a brilliant foster mom, and five other sisters who love her and look after her like she was blood.
We have also just finished food give outs. For the last couple of days, we have been handing out food to the families in our program at various village distribution points.
This was an awesome chance for me to see more of what God is doing through orphans unlimited. Being able to serve the people in their needs is such a humbling experience. We have many elderly on our program, that despite the pain and suffering they have faced over years of war and famine, they are as comical and loving as they come. Yesterday i started devotions by leading some songs, and I even got an invitation to come and live with them in their village. Fancy that.
My days are filled with many activities, every day different from the next. There is never a day without laughter and singing or playing. Never a day that goes by where one of my new little brothers or sisters don’t grab my hands as I’m walking, or nest themselves under my arm to give them a love. Sometimes on a Sunday morning, while we are walking from the church to Sunday school, I have about three kids holding each of my hands. It’s really funny when you try and walk through a door way with six children gripping your arms!
I miss and love you all so much, with the love of Christ. I pray that the Lord will open your ears to His beautiful music in your lives. Speak to you all again soon,