Uganda

There is no tooth fairy in Uganda

By | Mission-Hearted, Orphan Care | 2 Comments

I wanted to introduce you to a very special ministry called Sixty Feet… sharing a few stories from my mission trip that changed my life.  It’s hard to comprehend that children living in Uganda who are orphaned, lost, abandoned, rejected are sent to prison, but it’s the truth of their existence.  I’m still trying to process the things I witnessed at the prisons we visited [code names] M1, M3 and M4.  I hope you will join me in praying for the imprisoned children who desperately need God’s miracles in their lives. I saw what I saw.

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Hero Pastor Samuel + Return Ministries

By | Mission-Hearted | 4 Comments

My first hero I want to introduce you to is Pastor Samuel from Return Ministries in Kampala, Uganda.  He introduced us to his big crazy family and helped us understand what it really means to be an orphan.  His passion is training up people to love and care for orphans, but he is a living testimony of what it means to simply love.  We learned that Pastor Samuel could only work part time for his ministry due to high living costs in Kampala for his family.   He could not afford to minister full time… that breaks my heart! My first few nights in Uganda, it took me a long time to go to sleep.  I wrote a few things by flashlight in my personal journal to share with you. Uganda: We met Pastor Samuel at 10:30 am for breakfast…

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I Love Uganda Deep Down In My Heart

By | Mission-Hearted | 4 Comments

When Visiting Orphans invited me to lead a mission trip to Ethiopia and Uganda, I will be honest… I was saving my love, energy, and time for Addis Ababa.  I had no intentions of falling in love with Uganda and was not anticipating the intense train wreck heading straight for my heart.   I was really excited to serve and explore a new country, even taking the time to google the two cities we were visiting – Kampala and Jinja.  The best part, I had no idea that God was preparing a big crazy surprise and life changing adventure that would rock my heart.  Here’s some of the facts I studied: Uganda is a country of stunning beauty and heartbreaking history of persecution.  It is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered on the east by Kenya, on…

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Newbie Heads to Uganda With 29

By | Mission-Hearted | 8 Comments

I remember looking at Roger on the way to the airport and saying, “I don’t think I can do this.”  What in the world did I get myself into?  I was leading a team of 29 to Uganda (never been there) and Ethiopia.  I only personally knew 4 of the team members… Randi (my BF) Dee Dee (my childhood BF) Sarah (adoption friend) and Vit (adoptive friend’s brother)  The rest were complete strangers and I was really nervous… OK terrified!  I had dreamed of working in missions and was thrilled with the opportunity to lead a team, but when it all came down to it, I wasn’t going to be able to rely on my charm and good looks to survive in Africa.

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