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Monday, December 27, 2010

New Well....New Hope

I know that most of you have never been to Karamoja.  It's not a place I ever expected to go either.  I have to admit I was a little afraid when the idea was presented back this time last year.  God wanted me to go though.  He kept opening all the doors, and presenting the opportunities so that I could do no less than obey.  When I went, it was all I had expected.....barren wasteland, hot, poor.  But it was also much more.  It was a place where God had placed some of His children.  A place where hope was needed.  A place where they were all but forgotten by most, except God.  They had been in a several year drought and little was able to grow there.  Skinny cows, skinny people, no could smell it.......but no available water makes for those things.  I was convicted by God for the needs of these people.  But what could I do?  The needs were so great, and all of them were things that only God can provide.  I am not a rich person....I'm barely middle class here in the U.S. I don't have alot of influential friends, and am not connected to those with great financial means.  If you really think about it, I'm not even on the rich side of faith either.  I remember feeling totally overwhelmed by the needs, trying to figure out just what to to help.  I remember words coming out of my mouth...."We'll pray for rain for Karamoja".  I don't know where that came from, but it had been said.  My faith wasn't strong enough to believe that God would hear my prayer for rain for Karamoja, especially after about 5 years of drought.  But, He did.  Within 3 months of that visit, they got rain.....not because of my weak faithed prayer, but because God is faithful...because He knew their need.  He just allowed me to witness it, to experience it, to see Him answer prayer.....He knew my weak faith.....but I think He also knew my desire to obey He let me in on His grace and mercy to Karamoja.  After that glorious rain, the once barren wasteland was beautiful and green.  Cows got fat, and food began to grow.  We were able to return in September and do a medical clinic with dear friends in the medical field.  They, like me, were very reluctant to go initially.  But when they made that decision, God also worked in their lives......they have now committed to a long term relationship with the people of Karamoja.  We were able to drill a well in one of the villages recently.  It was just completed last week.  This too, was a miracle!  The company that drilled the well, had been doing so in several other locations in Karamoja, only to come up dry.  This was a gift from God, through the hands of His children....this well, it not only hit water, but such an abundance of it that it will provide clean drinking water, hygiene, irrigation, and cattle watering......God's water.  When God sends people somewhere, it is never a wasted visit.  When my friends were introduced to Karamoja, God touched their hearts......they responded with love and generosity.  One thing I know......God does not half do anything, and He never wastes opportunities.  Everything that God does brings honor and glory to Him, and it always blesses those affected by it.  It all sums up in Isaiah 41: 17-20  "The poor and needy seek water, but there is none.  Their tongues fail for thirst.  I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.  I will open rivers in desolate heights.  And fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.  I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree and the pine and the box tree together, that they may see and know, and consider and understand together, that the hand of the Lord has done this, and the holy One of Israel has created it."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

All I want for Christmas....

How quickly this year is passing.  As I have heard Laura say about leaving the U.S. for a trip to Uganda, Christmas will be here in three sleeps and a wake up.  

Have you made your list, done all your shopping,  gotten a headache trying to think of just the right gift for that certain someone on your list?  Here's an idea.  It's the gift that keeps on giving; prayerfully giving forever.  One of our sweet and generous sponsors recently asked for this gift for Christmas.

What does Linda want for Christmas?  That's what her 98 year old mother in law asked Linda recently.  Although she normally tells her mother in law that she doesn't need or want anything, this year she asked for something.......she told her husband, Don to tell his mother that she would like for her to sponsor a child through Mercy Uganda.

Linda sent Laura an email saying this.....pick two children and just let me know the price....depending on the village and the school and whether a child boards or not the cost can be between $150. and $325. as a general rule.  When I get the pictures and information from Mercy Uganda, I'll visit my mother in law and tell her she is sending this child to school for me as my Christmas gift.  I'll do the same in January with the other child and tell her she is sending this child to school as a birthday gift to me.  She'll be pleased.  I'd like for at least one of these children to be a girl.  

Here's the rest of the story about Linda and her love for these children of Uganda.  Linda sponsored her first child as a gift for someone in her office.  She is carrying this on as a tradition.

So what's on your list this year?  Makes you think doesn't it?  I know it made me think about my own lists.

Merry Christmas

 Be looking for a recap of the year 2010 soon!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Good way to help!

Wow, time is flying and we hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We now look forward to celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have much to be thankful for here at Mercy Uganda.  After our banquet, we now have another well being drilled in yet another remote village.  Clean water!  What a blessing and how hard for me to imagine life without water just flowing from a faucet.  But such a bigger blessing to see those who are so grateful to pump water, clean water.   The new well will be like the one below that was recently completed.

Mercy Uganda now has a medical team that goes with the group to conduct clinics and provide much needed medical care in remote villages.

Mercy Uganda is so thankful for any and all contributions to help the women and children of Uganda.  We now have another, very simple way for you to give.

We GoodSearch and GoodShop for Mercy Uganda.
Raise money for Mercy Uganda just by searching
the Internet with , or shopping
online with

Really, that's all you have to do.  Search just like you would with any other search engine.  When you sign up for GoodSearch or GoodShop, you will be able to put in the charity you want to give to and then every time you search or shop, Mercy Uganda will receive a donation.

What an easy way to help the women and children of Uganda!  Thank you for all you do to help and encourage these people and most importantly for your prayers.