May 10, 2014-Friday
It is so hard to believe that I am just a few weeks away from heading to Uganda with Project Hopeful. So many details to finish. I am very grateful to so many who have encouraged me in this endeavor, both with their words and prayers and with their sacrificial giving in order for me to be able to go. I am humbled by their actions and their words of encouragement. I wish I could take you all with me to record this story.
You may click the link above to be taken to the First Giving site to read more about the trip and to be able to give to Project Hopeful allowing me to participate with them.
In the journey,
May 12, 2014-Monday
This little hummingbird, so tiny and small living her life in the branches of a flowering pear tree is such a reminder to me of the verse in Matthew 6:25 that says,
5 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?"
So, in preparation for travel to Uganda, one must trust ones health first to God and then have the necessary immunizations to both be prepared for travel in a country our Western bodies are not accustomed and to ward off possible life threatening disease. I had no idea that there was a three hour consult with a doctor involved with the process. The dealio is this, they have to recommend the immunizations and then run you through the contraindications and possible side effects/dangers of said measures. It was like my own personal infomercial where you hear, "you can take the shot and oh, by the way, you could have headache, nausea or sudden shut down of your internal organs....and death, or you could not take the shot and have a greater chance of contracting the disease, with nausea, headache and possible sudden.....death." Hmmmm, let me think...I will take the less certain nausea, headache and death for $1000, Alex.
Good news after having the Yellow fever shot I did not succumb to shock or death. They literally watch you for 30 minutes to be certain. I took comfort in the fact that I was in the room with airway emergency kits. So, its a good day and this little bird is one step closer to Africa.
In the journey,
May 15, 2014-Thursday
Hope, Healing & Jigger's
In preparation for this trip to Uganda, I thought it appropriate to share a bit about the organization I am going with and a few of the groups we hope to partner with while we are in country.
"Project HOPEFUL’s mission is to bring hope to overlooked children and vulnerable mothers around the world. We work in the United States and globally to support families and individuals fostering, adopting, or considering care for overlooked orphaned children. Project HOPEFUL believes adoption is a wonderful gift for children in many circumstances, but it isn’t always the best answer. Therefore, we have developed a focused set of in-country care efforts in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Uganda and Ukraine to provide direct care and support to women, children and families who are without resources. Our goal is to bring the right educational, financial, spiritual, and emotional resources to bear where they can make the most impact for each overlooked child."
One of the groups we are partnering with while in Uganda is, Sole Hope. They serve a huge need in countries where preventable disease can be treated. We feel very blessed to partner with them on one of our days in Jinja at a jiggers clinic.
"Sole Hope's MISSION: Offering HOPE, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief."
There are other ministries we will be partnering with, more on them later. What an honor to go with these people to serve. I am excited, but moreover humbled by the opportunity. Thank you to each of you partnering with me in this endeavor. Blessings on you all.
In the journey,
Why Project Hopeful
Why Sole Hope ?
May 18, 2014-Sunday
Destinations, Diapers & Donations
Good Sunday morning friends! Wow, almost one month from today I will be climbing aboard an aluminum and fiberglass can and transporting across the Atlantic to a wholly different continent, place and culture. Fantastic! It is always such a mind blowing thought to consider how all that is engineered technology wise to make that happen. So strange to start a day in one place and end up in a whole new world on the other side of the world.
I wanted to make you all aware of something I was just advised of. One of the ministries we are connecting with in Uganda is in GREAT NEED of FORMUlLA, CLOTH DIAPERS and KIDS VITAMINS. Please, if you are able to donate one or more of these items it would be great to bring with us for this ministry. You may get the donations to me as I will be taking an extra bag with donated items to give. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration. You may contact me via email for information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being four weeks away, I am getting close to having the funds needed to help Project Hopeful, NFP cover my travel expenses. I only need 30% more. If you would consider giving $10, $20, $50 or whatever The Lord puts on your heart I would be ever so grateful. Every bit helps, and I appreciate your prayerful partnership.
In the journey,
May 30, 2014-Friday
Uganda, Updates and You
Good morning friends. It is difficult to realize that I will be leaving for Uganda in less than 3 weeks. What is even more unbelievable is to comprehend all that has transpired in the few short weeks I have been involved with this trip. ALL THE FUNDS have come in to help Project Hopeful, NFP cover the transportation costs associated with getting me to Uganda. Given the time frame and amount this is truly an act of Grace. Thank you to each one of you who have given sacrificially and generously toward this goal. I am humbled and grateful to all who have partnered with us financially and in prayer to cover this trip.
Many of you have expressed interest in helping though the financial goal has been met. There is a way to do that as several of the organizations have requested aide in needed items. I have mentioned the formula, vitamins and cloth diapers, but there have also been requests for other items as well. If you would like to donate items to the trip, you may send a check to me and I will purchase the items for you and take them to Uganda with me. Send me an email if you are interested in getting any of the needed items, email@example.com
Here are some of the items needed:
Outside toys: -Balls -bubbles -side walk chalk -throw and catch toys -Water toys -Sandbox toys etc.
Baby toys: -Stacking toys -Fabric/plastic books -Blocks -Rattles -Baby playmats/gyms etc. Early childhood center: -Puzzles (floor, wooden, peg) -Books -Dramatic/pretend play toys (toy phones, puppets, pretend tools, plastic food, baby dolls etc) -Alphabet/number/shapes cookie cutters for playdough -Magnet dolls, animals, shapes etc. -Blocks (duplo, lego, mega, wooden etc. [Basically any kind of open ended building toys])
Thank you all, In the Journey,