How is it that a place I had never set foot in, grabbed hold of my heart and wouldn't let go? It was over ten years ago that my mind started bringing me to Uganda, and it was just over two that I finally got the chance to walk on that red dirt. Now here I am preparing for my third trip!
This time is for longer and with a direct purpose, not just my roommate and I galavanting across Kampala for a solid, incredible month. This time I'm partnering with a well known organization, Abide Family Center. If you have heard anything about their ministry in Jinja, you know how fantastic they are.
To put concisely, Abide believes in families.... Abide fights for families.... Abide creates opportunities and solutions to help keep families together. They believe poverty should not be a deciding factor of if or when a child should be placed outside the family unit. Like I said, incredible.
And now, I get to have a small part in this huge call. I have accepted an internship through Abide that will walk me through living and partnering in Uganda. I will specifically be apart of the pastoral track and can not wait to see where that leads. House visits, bible studies, and plain ol' building relationships with families in Jinja lie in my future and I am stoked. I'm already counting down the days till I'm taking that flight back to Entebbe....
But this is where the hard part starts. I need to raise $7,500 for what will be four months in country. All of that covers: my cost, the internship, food, boda boda fees, visas, flights, medication, vaccines, gas, all of it. In my mind, that number is daunting. It's huge. It stresses me the heck out. But I've decided to offer this all up and believe, Lord willing, I will hit that mark and I will give all glory to Him. I can't hit this on my own, but I believe it will happen.
So with that shameless plug, will you help me? Will you walk alongside me as I pray for this? Will you support me with a donation or even a word of encouragement? Will you come with me as a fly 9,000 miles around the world to see and be apart of the mighty work that is already going on in Jinja?
Join me. Get excited. Get pumped. This is going to be crazy. It's going to be awesome. Help me get back to Uganda to intern with Abide this summer.
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Check out Abide and all their awesomeness at: http://abidefamilycenter.org/
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