Dear Family and Friends,
I will be headed back to Gulu, Uganda this summer for a short trip in July. I am thrilled beyond belief. I really wasn’t sure if God wanted me there anymore and honestly I wasn’t sure myself if I wanted to go there again. Life this past year and a half has been difficult and painful. Honestly I didn’t know if I really trusted God anymore. Its been a an adjustment to say the least to learn how to live without my husband, soulmate and best friend, Jeff. But I can attest to this, God is faithful!
As most of you know, Jeff had 4 main loves in his life…God, his family, Porsches and the people of Uganda. Jeff hadn’t always been that way. In fact, he almost sabotaged his first trip there with a group from our church that I was co-leading. Lets just call him, the” Reluctant Missionary”! From the start of that trip things did not go Jeff’s way. I remember him mentioning to me as we just arrived at LAX that he ‘better have an aisle seat’. Well, guess who didn’t have an aisle seat? In fact, almost the minute Jeff would say something about what he didn’t want to do, thats where God would put him that very day! It became comical. Finally, he decided that he no longer had any control over anything so he just surrendered. But from the minute that his feet hit the ground in Gulu, Jeff fell in love. The people there love with all their hearts and their faith is beyond measure. To be in a culture where nothing is taken for granted and any act of kindness done for them is always rewarded with gratefulness and thankfulness is rare. I know this is one of the main reasons Jeff loved going back there with me.
As I mentioned before that I wasn’t sure if I would ever go again, apparently God isn’t through with that plan. About two and a half years ago I was in Gulu and I had signed myself and our friend and fellow missionary, Robert up to take a 3-day course on a new way to farm. It was called “Farming God’s Way” farming-gods-way.org.
It is thriving ministry in Uganda and a very smart and logical way to farm in that part of the region. We took the course and felt it was an amazing way to farm and also so much easier than the old way the British had taught them for the last 100 years or so. After we took the course we leased some land to see if we could have success with this method. Robert was thrilled with the results after a year of farming this way.
Well, it appears that this new way of farming is now a new project in the works for us. I was sitting in church a couple of weeks ago. I was not myself and rather down in the dumps but could not place my finger on the reason why. I mean, I am strong and have pulled myself up by my boot straps, right? I don’t think I’m the type who sits around and mopes and complains , am I? But I just felt this heaviness and couldn’t shake it. It was there in church where I felt God say to me “You think you’re done with Uganda, but you’re not!” Right then and there I knew I was getting marching orders. I was reminded of the women there that are struggling to keep their children alive let alone themselves. I was reminded how hard life is there. I was reminded how much suffering goes on there. I was reminded of how kindness and generosity goes such a long way there. And I was also reminded that so many sweet struggling women would love to have a little piece of land to farm on!! Bingo!! The Gulu Farming Project was formed. I thought if I could lease large pieces of land for a few years, I could then divide up the land in quarter acre parcels for the women to farm on. The women would learn this new way of farming and could start growing food and crops for their families and also sell it in the market places in Gulu. All of a sudden that heaviness I had been feeling was no longer there. I immediately got in touch with Robert and also our close friend, Stephen from Gulu to get their input and see if this would be possible. They both loved the idea and are all in to help.
I am thrilled to be going forth into this new project but I am also needing help. A trip like this is beyond my budget so I am presently doing some fundraising before I leave. What I also need is prayer. Would you consider partnering with me in this new venture, either financially or in prayer? Without the funds the project won’t be successful and without prayer I can’t do anything at all! Thank you so much for letting me share with you what is in my heart. To make a financial donation please click on bit.ly/GuluFarming
In His Service,
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