Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Mastula

Mastula in 2010 and today. God called us into ministry to watch life be breathed back into children who had no reason to hope. Thank you for continuing to partner with us.


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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

advocating

For 8 years now, I have advocated for the children who attend our primary school, Ekubo Christian Academy, the ones we send to secondary school, and the ones, PRAISE GOD, who get the unbelievable gift of attending University.

Education, nutrition, medical care, clean water. All things I used to take for granted. All things you can provide for a child in our program.

Families never in their lives dreamed their children would go to primary school, let alone secondary or University.

Y'all have given financially so that we could be the hands and feet of Jesus.



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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Maria, 8 years later

8 years ago, we pulled into the village for the 1st time and I met 10-lb, 2-year-old Maria. If one single child represents the heart of our ministry it would be this girl. We can stand on the mountain and testify to His goodness. We can look down to the valley and see that back then as she fought to live and the enemy tried to destroy her, God used every single attempt for good. He continues to use her life to show His power and even through her story to bring the lost into His Kingdom.


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Friday, July 13, 2018

vulnerable girls

So many knocks at our gate with young girls holding babies in their arms. Desperate to find someone to take them. Girls who never had a chance to get an education and were sold into sex trafficking or forced into early marriage. When you partner with us to educate vulnerable girls, you rewrite their stories.


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Thursday, June 28, 2018

tree of life

Warfare wages around me and the Bible reminds me that He gives His toughest battles to His strongest warriors. And I think to myself how very weak I am and He's mistaken. But He's not. He sees something in me that I don't see in myself. For so many years I was lost. It wasn't until I let go that I found life. It wasn't until I surrendered to Jesus that I started living. It hasn't been easy. Matter of fact, some days are impossible.

As long I do my own thing, keep my faith in Jesus to myself, I'll face little risk in this world. The only problem is I'll know so very little of Christ. I want to know Christ. I want my life to be one of bold surrender. I want to continue to give my life for the spread of the Gospel. It''s left me very isolated but that's only when I look to the world. He's never left me. I just can't see Him when I'm looking at the world.

The world offers death. Jesus offers life. Which will you choose?



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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

I don't know the "right way" to do this

I know many, many ministry and/or organization leaders who refuse to share publicly when things are not going well. Those things are shared with their sending churches but not on their Facebook pages or Instagram feeds. They say it kills momentum and people are more likely to give when it's exciting.

There is nothing exciting about being so far behind in funding and coming up on the end of the month when salaries need to be paid. And no church sent me to Uganda. THE CHURCH is you. For 8 years now, people have given $5, $10, $50, $300, $1000, or whatever the Lord moved them to give and BY HIS GRACE we are still standing.

I don't know the "right way" to do this. So I keep inviting y'all to be a part of changing Uganda at an intimate level - through educating a child who will then educate his family when he goes home at the end of the school day.

Transforming individuals who will transform families who will transform communities who will transform Uganda and maybe even the world.


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Sunday, June 24, 2018

you are not forgotten

You are not forgotten. You are not set aside. You are SET APART for such a time as this. Keep praying. Keep trusting. God answers in His timing.


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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

love trumps biology

On paper she's his aunt. But she's raised him for so long that she forgets that part. It's the same for most every family we serve. Love trumps biology.

People don't respond with "but they're not our children" when asked to take on relatives or even strangers.

School started back today. 2nd term of the year.

Will you come alongside these families and give the gift of an education? It can truly change the trajectory of their lives.



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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

let us not pass them by

Let us not be counted among those who protect themselves from the needs of others. Let us not be found among those who isolate and insulate themselves from the needs of those around us. They are here. They are there. People are in need of Jesus everywhere we go. Let us not be counted among those who become so self-involved - so consumed with busyness that we pass by them.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

all he has left in this world

"He has no wife. No children. That bicycle is all he has. For 10 years it has gone where he goes. He can't leave it at home because it will be stolen. Never needs repairs because he doesn't ride on it. No, no. He pushes it all day. Riding is for emergencies. It is all he has left in this world and he takes good care of that bicycle. You can never fail to see him when he is not with it."



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Thursday, March 8, 2018

International Women's Day 2018

We are honored to walk alongside these women. Mothers, grandmothers, a teacher, a foster mom, widows, an entrepreneur. Different stories but one goal - to love and serve others. To make Uganda a better place.

We celebrate them every single day but today, International Women's Day, the world does, too.

Here's to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.











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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

guardian of Uganda

Millions of people in big homes and little homes, tucked into a small room of a 2-room building where the front is their shop and the back is their home, where they bend low to get into homes where a thin sheet of iron protects them from the elements and the thieves that roam at night. So much hope and despair and joy and grief and love and loss and peace and turmoil and happiness and sadness and abundant life. I pray for many things all throughout the day and the One I pray to has not forgotten the land I love. The Guardian of Uganda never sleeps nor slumbers.


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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hussein

When I first met him 8 years ago, I noticed his little finger and that he always wore a cap. He was severely burned in a fire and the skin between his finger and his arm fused together. Because he is in our sponsorship program, several years ago we were able to get him the surgery he needed. Now he can not only use his hand properly, but he is thriving in school. When you sponsor one of these children, you literally change their lives. Thank you. Thank you for investing in them.

Also, why does he look so grown?

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Kasoma

In his class, the students sit two to a desk. but today one seat was empty. We are grieving the devastating loss of Kasoma (in orange). He was abandoned in our village many years ago and has become family to us. To everyone. When I first met him 7 years ago (2nd picture), I asked him a few questions I could share with a potential sponsor. Back then he wanted to be a driver when he grew up.

But that was 7 years ago. So much has changed since then. Kasoma has learned math and science and social studies but, more importantly, he's learned about Jesus. He had just started P7, the last class in primary school and the last class our school teaches. Being abandoned, the opportunity to attend school was not even something he hoped for. But that's where the work Ekubo does makes a difference. We refused to let that be his story. He was so excited about school and he applied himself and excelled.

When I interviewed him 7 years ago, I didn't know what the future held. But I've watched him go from a lonely, reserved boy to a beloved, bold teenager. That change is Jesus. He gets all the glory!

And while being a driver is very important work, it was no longer his dream. The last time I talked to him, I asked him what he wanted to do when he finishes school and he simply said, "What Mr. George does." As I got the news today, those words flooded my head and I lost it. He could do anything and be anyone but he wanted to do what my husband does, which is to bring Christ to others through things like education for the children we serve and medical care for the families.

We are grieving with hope that Kasoma is in the presence of our Savior. He did not leave this earth as an abandoned little boy but as a son of the one true King.

Would you pray with us for his families - both the one who accepted him into their home and also the one who abandoned him? This world is full of broken people and we all need Jesus. Also pray for our school full of students who loved him. We are truly a tight community and we feel this loss so deeply.


7 years ago...

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

little brother

When I stepped foot in our village for the first time 8 years ago, this boy wasn't even born yet. His older brother was his age and there have been siblings in between. But I see them in his face. In the way he stands. In the way he walks. His older brother just started his last year at our school. It blows my mind how blessed we are to be able to watch God transform lives - some seemingly overnight and some so gradually that you forget 8 years has passed. Never doubt the power of of your yes.


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Saturday, February 3, 2018

oils + sharing the Gospel

He grabbed his empty bottle and took a boda 8 miles to the paved road. From there, he got in a taxi and rode the rest of the two-hour trip. He's a pastor and came to our home for a meeting but before he left he asked if I could refill his bottle. RC is for respiratory support, among other things, and he sure needed it after all the miles he travels on the dry, dusty roads as he shares the Gospel.

When you get your kit through our link, you join our team, making it possible for us to get oils into hands like his. A portion of the percentage you save by being a wholesale member is then given to us as commission to support our family here in Uganda and to reinvest into more oils. It costs you nothing but blesses us immensely. We are thankful for all of you who have joined us thus far and are excited for what 2018 will bring!

Friday, February 2, 2018

we just go because He's called us

I remember the very first time I traveled down this road. I had gone to Uganda to see if God would show me why I felt He was calling me there. That was 8 years ago. He has shown me so much about myself. About His people. But, more importantly, about Himself. I had no idea what I'd signed up for. Nobody does, really. We just go. We just go because He has called us.

This journey couldn't be more different than how I pictured my life going. What happened to me 8 years ago was never about "asking Jesus into my heart." It was about total surrender. Putting myself on the altar and saying to Him, "Here I am. Use me." And that, friends, will flip your life upside down.


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Saturday, January 27, 2018

our deepest fear

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Marianne Williamson


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Thursday, January 18, 2018

thank you for believing with us

Her life could have looked very differently. No, it SHOULD HAVE. But each year y'all have chosen to see her. To invest in her. To believe in her.

But she had to make a choice, too. She had to choose to go to school. To learn. To believe in herself. To accept the love shown to her. It is so foreign to some of the children we serve.

Thank you for loving. For giving. For believing with us in these students.


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Saturday, January 13, 2018

shops around here

God's Mercy Beauty Salon next door to Glory Electrical Centre, down the road from Blessed Pharmacy and around the corner from His Grace General Clinic. People here aren't afraid that showing their faith will slow their businesses.


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