Saturday, January 15, 2011
The Earth Is The Lord's
The prayerful goal of Mercy Uganda for 2011 is to raise the funds needed to buy about 10 acres of land in Uganda, and a vehicle. We have been praying about this for quite some time, and now that we have our NGO status it will save us considerably by giving us a tax break on these purchases. Our desire is to use the land to provide shelter, food, and training to the orphans in our sponsorship program. While not in school, they will live in dormitories that we will build there, and will receive training in agriculture and livestock. This will serve many wonderful purposes related to the mission of Mercy Uganda, and will provide for so many in need. Needs such as nutrition, health, safety, preparation for the future. The orphans will receive love, our love, but more importantly God's love. To buy 10 acres in an area that would provide the rich soil, and be in a safe and fairly accessible part of Uganda, will cost us anywhere from $7,000.00 to $10,000.00 per acre. But, we know that our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and that the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. We know that if this project is His will, and His plan, He will provide the resources needed to obtain the land and begin this next phase of ministry work.
Also included in this prayerful plan is a vehicle. Transportation is probably one of the biggest hurdles in Uganda. Public transportation can be difficult, to downright dangerous! For our team to travel the distances we must travel to get from one village to another often takes several hours. For safety and flexibility in travel with the ministry, we have rented vehicles (usually a car or van owned by someone there), and then pay a driver. This adds up quickly as team members from the U.S. are there several times a year doing a multitude of things in several villages, some remote. A good van that will carry 12 passengers is about $14,000.00. It is 4 wheel drive to accommodate the terrains. A van that size also allows us to carry needed food and supplies to the orphans, women, children, and villages to whom we minister. (The vehicle in the picture used to be a taxi in Uganda, the owner rented it to us. In this scene, our medical team is also working a small clinic out of it in Karamoja)
We ask that you pray for us as we move forward with these two major projects during 2011. God has done far bigger things, and we know He will do far more than we ever dream or believe possible. We would love for you to share this information with others too. We have pay pal on our website now, so that will make it easier to accept contributions.....which are tax deductible by the way!! Our website is:
It is SO exciting to take steps with God, to see where He will lead, and what He will do. We will see what great things He has for 2011.