I have an exciting opportunity coming up this summer that I would like to share with you. But first, I would like to give you a little background information on what God has been doing in my life. Over the past year or so, the Lord has been turning my heart towards what it means to really be His hands and His feet to this world, particularly to those who cannot help themselves. He has instilled in me a passion for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40), and for social justice. He has commanded each of us to share His love and His justice with the world, and He has already given me amazing opportunities to do so in my community.
As a part of my growing desire to join God in serving people in need all over the world, I will be traveling to Uganda, Africa, alongside others from Safe Water Nexus, for a 2-week mission trip.
We will be showing the love of Christ to orphans at Bethany Children’s Village outside of the capital city of Kampala, passing out mosquito nets and hopefully TOMS shoes to several villages, teaching hygiene, and more.
Uganda is a country affected by great civil war and AIDS. AIDS has had a devastating impact on Uganda. It has killed approximately one million people, and significantly reduced life expectancy. The large number of AIDS related deaths amongst young adults has left behind over a million orphaned children. Recently, grassroots organizations have been attempting to raise awareness about the children who were kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army to work as soldiers or be used as wives. Thousands of children as young as eight were captured and forced to kill. Currently, up to 1.4 million people have been displaced from their homes because of the LRA.
It is estimated that 76% of the population of the country lives slightly below the international poverty line of US $2.00 a day. The country is currently subject to a severe food crisis. And we want to help. This trip is unique in that we can offer support and necessities, as well as the good news of Jesus Christ to many who need to hear it.
I am grateful that the Lord has called me to see first-hand what poverty really looks like. I pray that He will expand my heart and yours to give us a broader perspective of His involvement in the whole world.
It is going to be two of the most amazing weeks of my life. I cannot wait to see what the Lord does. In the meantime, I have to come up with a lot of money, and pretty fast. If you would like to know how you can help, leave me a comment with your email address and I will send you information!