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in the studio :: unselfish, brave love

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We sure did. Even though we’re not in the states, Thanksgiving is one of those holidays you just can’t miss. 🙂 On to In The Studio… Although I have more Uganda stories to tell, this one will be my last one for In The Studio. You can find all of my Uganda stories here.

Today’s story is about Aisha. Her story is powerful. Some of my favorite photos I took in Uganda were of Aisha and her beauty. The short time I spent with her challenged me. I hope her story challenges you, too.


Aisha looked like the age of a grandmother and yet the whole time she was telling us her story, she was holding and caring tenderly for a small child with a mental handicap. At one point, she stood up from her seat on the floor to go lay the sleeping child down. It wasn’t until I heard her story that I realized how much love this woman had.

Aisha was the first to get sick in her family. When a rash appeared, everyone said it was a sign of HIV. She went to get tested but feared this disease and the prognosis. However, she faced it head on with bravery and didn’t let her HIV positive status keep her from living life and loving. Her husband refused to get tested and soon died, leaving her with nine children to care for.

aisha love

She was greatly mistreated. Her own mother feared to come around her. She was taken to the village to die and at one point, found herself sleeping with the cattle, because there was no other place. After saying all that, her next sentence was one that surprised me.

“I’m grateful to God for what He has done.”

She didn’t blame God for the lot she got in life. She was thankful for His faithfulness to her. Such power. And the child Aisha so tenderly cared for while telling us her story? The child was brought to her, because she was unwanted by her mother. Aisha, engulfed with the love of God, welcomed the child in and loved her like her own.

Aisha in front of house

It was, it is, extravagant love for this HIV positive grandmother. I want to love like that, with an unselfish love that faces fears with bravery and lives the darkest moments with thankfulness.

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    Karen @ Pieces of Contentment
    December 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    What an incredible lady Aisha is, you can see the love in her eyes. How blessed you are to hear her story and be able to share it with us also.

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    December 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Oh wow – to be avoided by her own mother and then take in a child unwanted by his mother. What an amazing story of hope and grace.

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    December 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing these incredible people through your blog.

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    December 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    A lovely portrait! Exquisite pictures! Tremendous and sad story, but a woman full of love yet!

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    Personalized Sketches and Sentiments
    December 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Beautiful photography and inspiring life/love story…love of our Lord expressed through the love this woman has.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you so much for stopping by! Your visits are a blessing. I'd love to link my post up this week :o)

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    Linda Stoll
    December 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Good Morning, Jen … thank you for introducing us to Aisha. Her face, her eyes speak volumes … and your pictures take us there to her welcoming home, her gentle heart.

    May God bless her with peace and strength.

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    December 8, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    What an amazing woman she is! It makes me ashamed to think how much ungratefulness there is in the world of privilege! Dropped by to say you won my weekly ATC giveaway, Jen. Please email me your snail mail address so I can send it off to you. Blessings upon your week! patsy.paterno (at)

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