My love affair with avocados goes way back. Freshly sliced, in salads, guacamole, salsa, baby food, and even as a face mask. In grade school while living in La Ceiba, Honduras, I planted an avocado seed in our backyard. Years later after I was married, my husband traveled to Honduras with my dad and saw the fruit of that seed. My avocado love saga is ongoing and today's story is brought to you from Uganda, a land of the fresh, large fruit.
Three years ago I met Frieda on the first day I came to Kalonga. A young mother wanting prayer for peace. Every time I return to her village I pop in to reconnect. This visit I was delighted to hold her newborn baby boy with a name I can't pronounce in Lugandan but in English it means Gift. How special!
But I discovered things weren't going too well at home and there were troubles with her husband. I prayed and promised to drop in again since we were staying longer this time.
David and I walked the short distance up the road with our Ugandan friends and translators, Emma and Jackie, this past Sunday evening to see Frieda one last time before flying out on Tuesday. Her husband, Paul, was home and in the course of our conversation we shared Jesus with him. Peace in the midst of troubles, forgiveness for sins, love abounding and guess what? He wanted HIM. We prayed together and Paul invited Jesus into his heart and received the washing away of all his sins. David explained how he was a new person on the inside. The seed had fallen on good soil and would need to be tended and watered to grow and bear fruit. Paul listened attentively, but Frieda slipped quietly away.
When she returned she handed me a bag of large avocados from her tree and said she wished she had more to give. The next morning Paul sent us another large bag of avocados.
My love affair with avocados has just deepened and expanded. It now represents new life and spiritual fruit.
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me."