"This beautiful, and beautifully told, true story celebrates adoption as God's goodness to orphans, the amazing acts of God in his sovereign providence, and the demanding yet joyful realities of the life of faith in Jesus Christ. I cannot imagine the reader who will not be gripped and led Godward by what is written here."
Author, Knowing God
“In Kirabo, Kveta Rose takes the reader on an adoption journey of faith, obedience, suspense and love. This book will keep you reading.”
Author, A Mother's Heart
"I haven't been pulled into a book like this since reading Kisses from Katie. Kirabo is the story of a miraculous rescue--not only of an infant found at the bottom of a latrine--but of all of us, by the extravagant, selfless love of a heavenly father. A must-read."
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Author, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I
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To learn more about adoption, caring for orphans, or how to help the poor and vulnerable in Uganda, please check out these great resources.
ARISE AND SHINE UGANDA
Arise and Shine Uganda is the fulfillment of the goal of Tandy’s friend Sharon Nyanjura, featured in this book, to found a non-profit to support local children and families through income-generation projects, education, support outreach, and a children’s home specifically for vulnerable and abandoned infants, many of whom are disabled. One of the ways to support AASU is by sponsoring a child.
Amazima Ministries works to empower and educate the people of Uganda through God’s love. Specifically, Amazima provides daily meals to over a thousand vulnerable children from a slum community, offers medical care and education to hundreds of children from extremely poor families around Jinja, and equips Ugandan farmers with sustainable and profitable methods for farming. There are a variety of ways to help Amazima, including sponsoring a child.
JENGA is a local Uganda organization that is focused on the poorest communities in Mbale. JENGA trains local farmers, empowers widows to generate income through the breeding and selling of goats, provides food for orphaned and malnourished children as well as paying for their school fees and uniforms, and is also focused on providing health care and clean water to the Mbale community.
THE LULU TREE
The Lulu Tree‘s vision is “Preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s mothers.” They seek to accomplish this through their two-year mama sponsorship program. The goal, by the end of the two years, is for each mama to be self-sufficient as she cares for her children, pursues her dreams, and ends the cycle of poverty for her family—all in the name and hope of Jesus Christ. They work primarily in the slums of Kampala, Uganda.
For more information, or to sponsor a mother, please visit www.thelulutree.com.
ABBA Canada helps with the financial burden of adoption by providing loans and grants to families hoping to adopt. It also focuses on equipping and empowering local churches to support and meet the needs of adoptive families.
THE ABBA FUND
The ABBA Fund provides interest-free adoption loans and grant funds to families. Its website offers a wealth of helpful adoption-related information.
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When Tandela travels to Uganda after university, she has no idea what kind of adventure lies ahead. While spending long days at an orphanage, her heart breaks for the sickest baby of them all. In what she describes as a “silent stirring in my soul,” Tandela experiences the unmistakable call of God to pursue adoption of this baby boy – one who has been abandoned at birth and given only one month to live. She is told that her hope to adopt baby Mark will most likely be futile, if he even survives.
Spurred on by a deep parental love that can only be described as God-given, Tandela nonetheless courageously embarks on what becomes a nerve-racking quest that will serve to test her faith like never before. In the beautiful country of Uganda, whose northern region is being ravaged by war, Tandela faces one obstacle after another on this journey fraught with loneliness, doubts, and fears, but pierced with moments of pure joy.
When Kveta Rose made fast friends with Tandela Castilla in university, she never would have dreamed that ten years later she would find herself in Uganda, engulfed in writing Tandela's story of an adoption against all odds.
Kveta Rose was born in Vancouver, splitting her childhood between Vancouver and the beautiful ski slopes of Whistler Mountain. As a child, Kveta would spend hours in her room writing the beginnings to novels that she would never finish. After completing her BA in English from McGill University in 2004, Kveta went on to receive an MA in Educational Studies from UBC in 2007. She resides in Vancouver with her husband Aaron, where they share the privilege of caring for their three spirited young children.
Tandela Castilla (nee Swann) was born in Pincher Creek, Alberta. After six years of chasing chickens around the family farm, Tandela moved with her parents and two siblings to Calgary. She received a BSc in Psychology from McGill University in 2003, and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary in 2009. After working for a number of years in forensic mental health, in the fall of 2014 Tandela accepted the position of Executive Director at Christian Adoption Services in Alberta. Tandela is married to Carlos, and they are blessed with three sons: Mark, Uzziah, and Rafayel.
This inspirational true story will encourage readers that miracles do exist, and that God is able to do immeasurably more than we can ever ask or imagine.
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