“I will be your God throughout your lifetime — until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you” (Isaiah 46:4).
Regardless of age we are all children to God. He desires to be Lord of all people but how will they know this unless we tell them. Many children in Uganda do not have parents to care for them, so they go to live with their grandparents, or jajjas as they are known. We want to bless those whose hair is turning white with age with the love and care of God. We want to honor them and give them the peace and joy that comes with knowing the One who has made them. As they grow in their knowledge of the Lord they will be examples to those in their care and help in preventing tomorrow’s orphans.
This is Pastor Emmy. He is a member of our South Sudan team, but he also helps Mommy Esther head up the jajja (grandmother/father) outreaches in Uganda. Emmy was one of many children in Africa who was raised by his grandmother when his own parents weren’t able to.
The Lulu Tree trains up pastors to care for jajjas by hosting outreaches in different churches each month. A meal is provided, cooked by the women from the church, and songs and a message are given by the Lulu team in conjunction with the pastor and his elders.
The goal with each outreach is to not have The Lulu Tree run it, but rather, to pass off the ministry entirely to the church team thus enabling them to have their own ministries in their own communities.