May 23, 2017
News From Uganda
It's been a while since my last update, but I'll try and keep this short. I have been doing really good. I have enjoyed making my own schedule and living independently here at YWAM Torch in Jinja, Uganda. It has really taught me to make time for God in my daily life.
The sun in Uganda is so hot that it burnt some of my arm hair off. No wonder most Ugandans have no arm hair!
Life in Uganda has become so normal. On a daily bases I receive countless proposals, phone number requests, and cat calls from random Ugandan men during my travels to and from SWAR. Sometimes it makes me laugh, but other times I get so tired of saying no, especially after a long day at SWAR. Its going to be hard going back home where I’m not considered ‘special’. Even the kids here stop me on the side of the road to talk to me, or wave to me from afar saying “muzungu, muzungu, how are you?”. (Muzungu means white person)
As I said in my last update, I am working with recovering prostitutes with an organization called Sanuka Women at Risk (SWAR). I prepare the morning devotions, play with the children, participate in counseling, and make monthly visits to the women that have completed the program. It has been amazing to see the transformation the women have made in such a short time and I can't wait to see what God has in store for them. Since I began working with them, the ladies have learnt to weave baskets, style hair, make jewelry, and learn to run a small business. Soon they will learn to tailor clothes and cook.
I have been counseling one woman with my friend Anna and the help of a translator. Her story is heart wrenching. Her father left her and her mother died when she was young. She grew up in a home in which she never received love. She married when she was 16 so that she could be taken care of by someone. Her step mother poisoned her husband which left her alone with four children to take care of. The prostitution began when she hit rock bottom financially in an effort to support her family. She realized that this way of life was harming her more than helping her and when SWAR was looking for women to attend the next year of rehabilitation, this was her chance at a new life. She gave her life to Christ through SWAR and longs to serve God for the rest of her life. She is also teaching her four children about God's love and ending this cycle of broken families for her future generations. She is always open to learning new things and loves to grow in her relationship with God and is a living testimony of God's faithfulness.
After she graduates in August, she will have everything she needs to begin a business of her choice in a location of her choice. With financial help from SWAR, she will be covered financially for the first few months of her fresh start, after that time, she will be on her own. Since she has four children, three of which are attending school, she will be needing more financial support than any of the other women in the program. If you feel led to support her, please do. Here in Uganda, money stretches much further and even just $20 can make an incredible difference in her life. Feel free to contact me for more details.
Twice monthly I give prenatal care to about 130 women in the villages around Jinja who would otherwise not get any checkups during their pregnancy and birth. I work with a midwife named Christine. Through this I have been able to learn how to take blood pressure, test for anemia, hear the babies heartbeat, measure the size of the baby, make sure the baby is in the correct position, and teach the women about family planning as most of them aim to have 10 children.
DON’T WANNA GO:
I don’t want to leave Uganda but I'm sure that when the time comes I will be ready to not live out of a suitcase anymore. Over the past few weeks I have been doing a lot of reflecting and am so thankful for how God has been working in my life. I have seen an incredible transformation in myself and am preparing to not go back to the way I was before I did this program when I get home. This year may not have helped me financially but it was worth way more eternally than money could ever buy.
On May 13th I will be moving to Soroti, Uganda to work in a baby home called Amecet. They have a blog on the internet called ‘Amecet life in Soroti’ if you would like to know more about what their organization does. There I will be caring for babies that need a safe home (usually brought in by the police), HIV positive babies, and babies that lost their mom in child birth. I'm excited for the change in schedule and location but I'm sad to be leaving SWAR and the Torch base. I'm sure that once I reach Amecet I won't want to leave there either.
• Give thanks that my health has been amazing.
• For the women as they are soon completing the SWAR program. That they would thrive in their new businesses and that they would be able to provide for their children.
• That SWAR would be strong and continue the good work they do as they are one of few organizations that work with prostitutes.
• For safe travels to Soroti
• That I would be prepared to go home
Thank you for reading my update. I hope it gives you a better knowledge of what exactly it is that I do here. I appreciate all of your financial support, prayers and encouragement, and I feel the support from across the world. All of you are part of what I'm doing here. Every person that I have been able to lead to Christ, or help financially or spiritually has been something you've been a part of. May God bless you all. Until next time.
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