Hello my friends!
A few years ago many of you helped me raise funds to go on a mission trip with my church, Rock Harbor of Costa Mesa. On that trip I was blessed to be able to visit Israel and Uganda. Needless to say, the experience was absolutely amazing, awe-inspiring and life changing. Israel is a place everyone should visit. There is so much going on in that part of the world that we will never hear about here in the United States. My hopes and prayers ar that we, as a people, are able to work together, give and take, in order to find peace in the birth place of Jesus Christ!
The first part of that trip was a visit to a town in Uganda called Gulu. During that part of the trip our group experienced and visited many places. We served at a church where I was able to share my testimony. That was probably the most amazing thing I have ever done. We celebrated the new year together, shared meals, prayed, visited a small village called Guru-Guru, had scared adventures and amazing ones as well.
While in Gulu visiting a church called Christ the Center, I observed a young boy who was not attending the school, just wandering around, picking up trash, helping others and just being a kid. While watching the school kids perform for us I kept seeing him over and over again, doing nice things for others. I gestured for him to come over and told him that I was very impressed with him! Well, some amazing things happened from there. I met his brother Emanuel and his sister Peace and also his mother, Hope. They are refugees from the Congo where they lost their father in some violence in that area. They now are in Gulu trying to just survive. Sam, the young boy I was talking about, and I just plain hit it off together and he and I spent the rest of the time in Gulu together, talking, dancing, praying, and many times just sitting together. God formed a very special friendship that day, one I just cant let go of. Eventually, we had to leave, a very difficult thing to do I must say. I saw the value of an education for these people while visiting and felt so bad that Sam could not attend school. I set a goal that day to get him sponsored and into school along with his brother and sister.
When we got home I really didn’t know what to do for this family. I didn’t know how to get in touch with them, how to help, but did know the power of prayer in their lives, that’s about all I knew to do, they were not on the list to be sponsored so their was little hope to help them. I lost track of them for a few months and suddenly I received a message on Facebook from Hope, the mother. The family had to leave Gulu as they had no money and ended up in a refugee camp in Northern Uganda. I was absolutely amazed they found me, from the other side of the world, and were able to contact me. The pictures they sent me broke my heart, I just had to do something for this family. I called embassies, refugee camps, organization that work with refugees etc. with no positive results until one day a lady here in the U.S. returned my calls and hooked me up with a person who knew of the family.
I knew where they were and saw pictures of how hard it was for them to exist in this camp and then lost them again. They re-surfaced in another refugees camp for Congonese Refugees. The conditions are something that none of us would ever want to live in. My determination to help grew even greater. Finally, I contacted one of our Pastors at church asking his advice and he set in place a process where I could bring them back to Gulu, get the kids in school, rent them a hut and hopefully provide the means for the mom to get job training. The cost to do so was less than the cost of the new iPhone X, for a year of life, education, and health, YES for all of them! Amazing isn’t it?
Well, the kids are now in school, the family has a hut in Gulu, and the mom is trying to develop a business. The kids are healthy, happy and learning! The cost of putting the kids in school is $38 a month, above and beyond the $1000 I provided for them to just exist. I am currently paying for all three kids to go to school, get at least one meal a day, school supplies and health care. Two of my friends who were going to sponsor the little brother and sister have not been able to follow through and time has come to get them sponsored as my initial funding is running out. The family still needs help with the rental for the hut, the kids will always need school and food.
So, why am I sharing this with you? Well, I need some help in raising funds to keep Peace in school as the current person sponsoring her is stopping her support. I will continue to support the entire family to the best of my ability but I need help in getting Peace, the girl, in school. I would love it if you would consider helping this family who has been through so much. Will you help? $38 a month can change the course or these kids lives. They are awesome kids! I know you would love them as much as I do. Think about it and if you would like to donate please do so at this address. Let’s give a little to change the lives of this family.
Thanks for reading this!