I'M GOING TO UGANDA!!!
God set up this amazing opportunity kind of all of sudden this past week. It's amazing what God can bring about with a desire, some knocking, and a single phone call. Earlier this year a friend of mine went on a mission trip to Kampala, Uganda to assist an orphanage there known as The Gem that serves as a home for currently 42 children (loving called "Gems") with different disabilities and special needs who are either orphaned, abandoned, or whose parents simply aren't able to care for them. Upon hearing about her trip, my interest was peaked and I immediately wanted to go. Praying as it sat on the back burner for a few months, I received an voicemail from one of its Co-Founders, Dwight Saunders of International Voice of the Orphan, whom I had been corresponding back and forth with, that a small team made of of his wife Linny and a few others were going to Uganda on a one week trip Sept 30-October 8, 2019, to visit and bring their daughter, the founder of the orhange, the needed supplies. He also said that would be a perfect trip for me and His daughter was thrilled at my interest in coming. A short time after, I recieve a very timely, and semi funny/ creative and clear word from the Lord to go on this trip.
International Voice of the Orphan is a ministry/ organization dedicated to the care, safety and provision of the special needs orphans of Uganda, solving the orphan crisis, fulfilling a forgotten need and standing in the gap for these children in need of food, medicine, surgery, therapy, education, love, and a home. Their work as stated on their "About Us" page states, "IVO strategically partners with The Gem Foundation in Uganda, East Africa to provide for the special needs orphans ~Gems~ residing in their care. Dwight and Linny’s daughter Emma is the Founder and Executive Director of The Gem. Emma moved to Uganda at 19 years of age fiercely determined to provide a home for the often forgotten special need orphans of Kampala. Her dream was to have a home where each Gem would feel safe, protected, loved and receive specialized medical care and therapies. Emma married her high school sweetheart, Joshua, two years after moving to Uganda and together they currently lead the ministry of The Gem caring for 42 Gems." You can check out their websites here: IVO GLOBAL and THE GEMS. Our team will be bringing food, clothing and medical supplies along with helping the kids and caretakers clean, clear out and pack up as they prepare to move into a brand new, updated and accessible facility with a lot more space and rooms for more children to live, learn, and play in!
It's one thing to go overseas or on a missions trip with the intent to help, evangelize, love, and live along side people of different race, religion, culture, worldview, or language than your own, but it's another, more intimate thing all together to do so when you already have a connection to them on a personal level. Especially when you share some thing in common, or in my case, the same. Life with a disbaility is hard. Harder still to explain. Going overseas, seeing these kids live everyday with the same hardships and limitations as I do, no explainantion is needed. Those potential barries are gone. We are different, yet in our disabilities we are the same and we are the same in the fact that we do not let them define who were are as people and most importantly, as Children of God. I desire to go to Kampala to just see with my own eyes their own country, their own world, their own lives, to help them in anyway I can with my team, absolutely, but also for them to help me. To just be with them, to learn and laugh with them. To be refreshed and discover new things and see with their eyes our shared world. And by your donations, you would be helping me do that. Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support to not only me but to all those at International Voice of the Orphans and The Gem Foundation.
For we are all gems in His crown!
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