Bullets, Babies, and Bantams
Life in Kotido has been interesting the last couple of weeks. Other than excitement, the one commonality in the midst of it all is the measure by which we have been blessed. I (Kenneth) am writing this blog on the day we brought our fifth child into the world. After being 7 days late, Selah Naomi Williams decided to join the rest of the family. We are so excited to welcome her into the world and begin the process of getting to know her. Kristi went into labor this morning around 5:30am as we were waking up and by 8:30am we were holding our new little girl. She was born in our home and we are thankful to have Kristi’s sister Kerri assist with the birth. Our oldest, Nevaeh, was also a big help in assisting and being a part of the birth process. She diligently massaged Kristi during contractions and provided a cool washcloth during times of rest.
In addition to the excitement of having a baby, we were also able to experience our first shootout in the neighborhood last week. From our perspective, we were all sitting in our house in the evening when we heard shots being fired in the distance. The gunshots got louder and louder until we could hear bullets hitting walls nearby. We all ducked down on the floor and made our way to the hallway in the middle of the house. The shooting only lasted for about 5 minutes but we stayed in the hallway for about 30. Evidently what had happened was that people tried to come and steal cattle from the police barracks and there was shots exchanged between the raiders and the police. From what we hear no one was hurt. We’re thankful that God’s protection and provision was over us all.
Last but not least, we have had our chickens coming into the house daily to lay eggs. For some reason 2 of our chickens have decided that they want to come in our house to lay their eggs, so they come in, sit on one of our chairs and lay their eggs. It’s a pretty funny routine. Every morning they make a big scene by being noisy, walk through our front door, and go to the chair. Our kids love it and they race to the chair when the chickens get up to be the first to get the egg. Life in Karamoja is so exciting for them! So anyway, there’s a few exciting happenings in and around the Williams’ household. We continue to push forward with language and our work with the orphanage. Oh yeah, speaking of the orphanage, $7,000 in donations were received this past week for the building so we can continue the work to get the building fit to move kids back in! We are thrilled about that, and please keep that in your prayers, that God will stretch the money as he has done with bread and fish before and it will be more than enough.
Thank you for all of your prayers! We have felt them..
8/10/2010 12:43:11 pm
And I thought our chickens pooping on the carport was bad. haha. I think your house-trained hens are cool! That's the best story. If we ever move to Karamoja, I'm gonna train my chickens to lay in my chair.
8/10/2010 12:43:44 pm
Now you just need a chair for goats....
8/10/2010 12:44:38 pm
Congratulations on your baby girl!!!
8/11/2010 01:27:08 am
Hey Williams Family!
8/11/2010 07:21:57 pm
Hey Davy, to train them you just don't give them anwhere good to lay, and they bother you until they find the right spot. I am remodeling the poor existing coop we had but with 3 broken (and crappy) hammers it is taken awhile. I guess they got impatient.
8/11/2010 09:12:42 pm
Wow, your life is an adventure! Still chuckling over the chickens...that is too funny. :) Love y'all and praying!
8/12/2010 01:50:28 am
We devour every word whether here or on FB. Good to see that a Sports Camp Shirt went to Kotido. We just passed out this years. Btw my alarm is still going off M W TH S 6:40 your time, but sometimes I don't hear it until later. Oh and Lisa is still quite pregnant...
8/12/2010 01:02:21 pm
Congrats! Keep up the good work!
8/13/2010 07:40:52 am
Congratulations Williams family!! I've been thinking/praying for you lots lately. We just went camping at Rifle Mountain Park and were just one spot away from where we camped last year. It brought back many memories and made me think of your life in Karamoja quite a bit. Glad you're all safe. Praying God protects you and blesses you as you live in community over there!
8/14/2010 07:14:16 am
We are so happy for all of you on the arrival of Selah. I cannot wait to see pictures as she grows into another amazing and beautiful Williams.
8/16/2010 06:15:25 am
Congratulations guys! We'll be praying for a quick recovery for Kristi. I am so proud of you guys. We are continuing to pray for your protection and for favor with the people. Nothing like fresh eggs delivered each morning... Looks like you've got Selah trained in the art of praise sleeping! Like father like daughter... love you guys. I may try some of that this afternoon! Ha. Keep us aware of your needs.
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Kenneth and Kristi Williams
The Williams Family
Kenneth and Kristi
Nevaeh, 18 years old
Rikot, 18 years old
Ezra, 17 years old
Zion, 16 years old
Izzy, 14 years old
Selah, 12 years
Acuka, 11 years
Benaiah, 8 years
Jubal, 5 years
Jireh, 1.5 years
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