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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Craziness Started With Visiting Orphans!

By | Everyday Life | 4 Comments

I can’t believe I’ve only been home 3 weeks from Africa!  It took me a long time to recover physically and emotionally, but now feeling the excitement bubbling inside my heart to share the good, bad and craziness with you.  I think the best place for me to start is from the beginning.  I would never have had the opportunity to lead a trip to Uganda and Ethiopia without the incredible ministry of Visiting Orphans.  I stumbled into the leadership role of an extraordinary team of 30 for reasons I still do not fully understand.  I am grateful for all the twists and turns that happened to redirect me, change me and guide me to serve in Africa. The executive director of Visiting Orphans is my friend, Amanda Lawrence.  We have never met in person, but have a shared passion…

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My Crazy Bon Voyage To Africa!!

By | Everyday Life | 9 Comments

My heart is almost as full as my suitcases.  I’m feeling excited and nervous and blessed like crazy for my 14 days in Africa.  I think the shock has finally worn off that I’m actually going to get on a plane and fly to my beloved Africa to serve orphans in Ethiopia and Uganda.  I’m honored that 31 crazy people are joining me from all over the country.  My family has supported my adventure wholeheartedly and have made me feel that what I’m going to do is important to them, too.  My community has also supported my trip and wrapped their hearts around helping me raise donations for the 14 projects and hundreds of orphans we will visit.  I was interviewed on radio and newspaper for orphan awareness and adoption support.  I’m packed and ready to go with a well-organized…

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Let Me Be Your Crazy Billboard

By | Adoption | 2 Comments

My Crazy Readers, it was so much fun for me to show off your fundraising projects when I was in Haiti.  It was a joy to give them away to the amazing people I met there that fervently serve orphans.  I’m traveling soon to Uganda and Ethiopia on my mission trip with Visiting Orphans and would LOVE to be your billboard.  I will show off your fundraising products via photography or video, wearing, giving, or sharing them with others in Africa!!  When you see me wearing your products in a future post… leave a detailed comment and description of where readers can purchase your products.  I will also add a LINKY TOOL for you to share where to purchase your projects.  I get many emails a week from readers who want to support your fundraisers! If you are interested in…

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Crazy Mission Trip Update – Uganda & Ethiopia in July!

By | Everyday Life | 5 Comments

Our July mission trip to Uganda & Ethiopia with Visiting Orphans is filling up fast!!  Thank you for your amazing emails & prayers as we are building a team of 25 crazy, passionate, loving, inspiring, adventurous bloggy friends (men & women) to join us – July 19th through August 1st on a trip of a lifetime.  Many of your hearts are stirring and praying about joining us and I want to encourage you to move forward in faith and do something radical. I can’t wait to meet Katie Davis and all her girls- you don’t want to miss this adventure to Uganda!  We will have the opportunity to feed over 1000 orphans that Katie has loved and cared for. You do NOT need to pay the entire amount up front, but just reserve your spot for $200.  You will be…

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