“…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…” Matthew 23:37
Would you believe that this passage was in my daily Bible reading on March 8, the very day the chicks arrived?! I praise God that all the chicks arrived safely and soundly from Kampala on Thursday evening around 9pm. Though we ordered only 200, today after vaccinating the chicks against New Castle disease, Basaija, our chicken keeper, counted 203 chicks! That means Ugachick gave us 4 free chicks (sadly one died on Friday morning). The chicks look healthy and happy, they are running around the brooder, and even starting to develop wings! In the brooder, there are: four special chicken ‘drinkers’ which provide the chicks with glucose-spiked water; pots filled with charcoal and fire at night to provide heat; apple trays filled with chicken mash (food); and lanterns to provide light all night so that the chicks can see their food. Basaija sleeps in the coop to make sure the heat source does not catch the coop on fire, and to make sure that the chicks stay warm, well-watered, and well-fed. Keep praying for the overall well-being of these chicks as they grow, that their eggs would be a source of Jesus's healing shalom for children here in Bundibugyo.