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For Widows and Orphans in Uganda

$1,265 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 1 month
Will you help me go to Uganda for the widows and orphans?

My heart was awakened to the plight of the women and children of Uganda when I heard their story through the traveling Watoto Children's Choir when I was in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nearly ten years later, I saw them again in Sydney, Australia. Like before, they sang with life, full of energy, zeal and hope. Lives that have risen from the ashes. I want to help many like them to rise.

I am a widow. I raised three young children ages 3, 5 and 8, who are now adults. I know what it's like to be both mother and father, friend and disciplinarian, teacher and coach, breadwinner and wound-dresser.

So it is not a surprise that I have a soft heart for widows and orphans.

I am going to Uganda in September to join a Watoto medical mission to provide medical care for widows and orphans and the surrounding communities. I'm not a doctor but I am a good leader and housekeeper. I can inspire and motivate, plan and organise. I can 'roll up my sleeves' to ease the burden on medical staff. I can encourage and pray.

You can be part of this mission. I am raising $10,000, with $7,500 going to the medical mission and $2,500 towards partially funding my travel expenses. (I am also contributing $2,500 for my travel expenses.)

Every contribution is valued.  May you be generous according to the measure you've been blessed.

p.s. The photo on this page is courtesy of Watoto.com; a screen-grab from a Vimeo video of 'Vivian's Story'. For more of Vivian's Story, click this link.  https://vimeo.com/232447449
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This is an excerpt of my blog "Making Room for More"
https://joyceharkness.com/2018/04/15/making-room-for-more/

Over ten years ago, I was at a women’s conference when a thought popped up in my head, “Do not let your tiredness be your ‘bowl of lentils’.”

I was newly widowed. I was taking care of young children while handling a significant workload in my job, with functional responsibilities over a number of countries in Australasia. I did much of my grieving while driving to work. Bawling my eyes out at the stop lights. Staying up until the midnight hour, after the children were in bed and the work was done, pouring my heart out to God.

I was often tired. There was no time for meeting friends. No room to care for another soul. No energy to help others.

“Do not let your tiredness be your bowl of lentils.”  The life of Esau and Jacob instantly came to mind. Esau gave up his rights and privileges of being the first-born because appetite ruled his life. Do I let tiredness rule my life? Will tiredness limit my enjoyment of a full and meaningful life? Do I allow tiredness to shrink my world?

I did not let tiredness be my 'bowl of lentils'. Instead of shrinking, my world is expanding. I am going to Uganda later this year to help widows and orphans!

Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal.
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On the second week of fundraising ... so pleased to see the donations at $1,065 now! Thanks to friends, family and new connections.
For those who are new connections, a special welcome. Through this page, my blogs, future e-cards and e-book, I hope you will feel like my companion on the journey.
Vivian and Son, courtesy of Watoto.com
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It was during the visit of the Watoto Children's Choir in Sydney last year that I decided to help the widows and orphans in Uganda. They were travelling for the Signs and Wonders tour of Australia. Here's the theme song. https://youtu.be/8nPAPfHNrvg
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It's only been a week since I started the fundraiser. I am pleased to say that we're at $740 now! Thank you to everyone who have donated and continuing to spread the word.

I am beginning to think about the structure of the e-book that I will be writing on my experience.

Is there anything you would particularly want me to cover?
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