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Monday, December 26, 2011

New Year, New Beginning

We are ever so close to the end of 2011. Just days now from 2012.  Much has happened in our world, both good, and not so good.  I don't want to reflect on the not-so-good because I know that even the not-so-good are things that God is using for our good.  I want to reflect on the oh so many blessings of 2011, sent straight from the loving hand of our Heavenly Father.  I'm sure that in the abundance of His goodness, I will inevitably leave out some of the multitude of His grace, mercy, love, provision....so right now I want to say thank you to my Heavenly Father for ALL that He has done in 2011, even the things that I fail to pen in this blog entry today. 

Looking back, I see water in a dry and thirsty land...wells in Karamoja, given in love by our Heavenly Father through the channels of generosity from His children whom He blessed with the means to provide.
 
I also see children receiving medical care, a young girl who was severely burned now able to lift her arms, not only to dress herself but to praise the very God who loves and cares for her.  I look back on trips to Uganda where we were able to show and share the love of God to the lost and hurting, to the poor and needy, to the sick and the dying.

I look back at our humble desire to buy land, build and orphanage, and a school......2011 was the seed that was planted...I know that 2012 will be the year that God waters and makes that seed grow into the reality of what is now a prayer vision.  So many gifts from the hands of our Father, so many reasons to be thankful, to trust, to wait in obedience. 
 

There are more sponsored children now, about 50 who are going to school, being fed, have a bed to sleep in, and under a mosquito net.  God is so good, so merciful, so able to do far more than we can ever think or imagine.  I praise Him for that.  I praise Him for what is yet to come, because, you see, He is always faithful, never changing, always ready to hear and answer prayer.  Father, thank you for all of Your blessings of 2011, and for all of the blessings we know you will pour out on us in 2012.  Make us useful, usable instruments of Your love and Your mercy.  Lord, make 2012 a year of unimaginable glory to You, and a year of tremendous spiritual growth in Mercy Uganda, and the lives this ministry touches.  We love You Lord, and thank You for loving us!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Go into all the world.....


That's what Jesus told us to do.  Go into all the world with the gospel of Christ and that's what Mercy Uganda is all about.  It isn't enough to just go and tell people about Jesus....they need to see Jesus.  They need to know He cares about their need for food, water, education....they need to see that His followers care and that they care enough to give their lives in order that they may know Him.

We have a banquet once a year and it's a fundraiser, but it's also a time to come together and celebrate what God is doing not only in Uganda, but here and across the United States, moving people to become part of His work.  Giving of themselves so that others might know the love of God.  God doesn't need us to to go Uganda or to do missions in our local towns, He commands us to.

Thank you to First Presbyterian Church for allowing Mercy Uganda the use of your social hall and kitchen for this event.  A big thanks to all who came along side and helped make this a time of fellowship and a time when people could hear and see what is happening through their gifts and mostly through their prayers.  A big thank you to Sheila.....below with Laura....I don't think we would have been able to put on the banquet without her help.  She worked tirelessly all day and into the night.




We started with an empty hall......



And busy hands in the kitchen.....







Then decorating

Putting out sponsorship information for children in Uganda that need help going to school

Most of the items on this table are made by the Ugandan people

Ready at last

Thanks to Mr. Bill for running the sound system.  


And thanks to all who came to support Mercy uganda

For the beautiful music provided by Eric  


And to Mickey for being a spectacular emcee


The medical team spoke



This man had no intention of becoming involved with Mercy Uganda, but attended one year because his daughter was helping serve....as a result of hearing the testimonies of what is happening through Mercy Uganda, he and his family now sponsor some children to go to school, built a house and a piggery for a family.  Showing the love of God through meeting people's needs and helping them to become independent.

This couple gave matching funds and helped build the very first well in a remote village.   They lived in California at the time, but have now moved to our town and welcome!

Thanks for caring and giving to the Lord

This year we are working on our Faith 500 program and I urge you to go to the Mercy Uganda website
to find out how you can help.....you can also link this post to your blog which would be a big help.

Below is part of a song.....I recently heard it and saw it done in sign language and it made me cry.  This is what happens when you give....you may never know until you get to heaven what it means to someone.

This is why we do what we do.

Thank you

http://lyricstranslate.com
Then another man stood before you and said, "Remember the time, A missionary came to your church
And his pictures made you cry.
You didn't have much money but you gave it anyway.Jesus took the gift you gave
And that's why I am here today."

Go into all the world.....


That's what Jesus told us to do.  Go into all the world with the gospel of Christ and that's what Mercy Uganda is all about.  It isn't enough to just go and tell people about Jesus....they need to see Jesus.  They need to know He cares about their need for food, water, education....they need to see that His followers care and that they care enough to give their lives in order that they may know Him.

We have a banquet once a year and it's a fundraiser, but it's also a time to come together and celebrate what God is doing not only in Uganda, but here and across the United States, moving people to become part of His work.  Giving of themselves so that others might know the love of God.  God doesn't need us to to go Uganda or to do missions in our local towns, He commands us to.

Thank you to First Presbyterian Church for allowing Mercy Uganda the use of your social hall and kitchen for this event.  A big thanks to all who came along side and helped make this a time of fellowship and a time when people could hear and see what is happening through their gifts and mostly through their prayers.  A big thank you to Sheila.....below with Laura....I don't think we would have been able to put on the banquet without her help.  She worked tirelessly all day and into the night.




We started with an empty hall......



And busy hands in the kitchen.....







Then decorating

Putting out sponsorship information for children in Uganda that need help going to school

Most of the items on this table are made by the Ugandan people

Ready at last

Thanks to Mr. Bill for running the sound system.  


And thanks to all who came to support Mercy uganda

For the beautiful music provided by Eric  


And to Mickey for being a spectacular emcee


The medical team spoke



This man had no intention of becoming involved with Mercy Uganda, but attended one year because his daughter was helping serve....as a result of hearing the testimonies of what is happening through MU, he and his family now sponsor some children to go to school, built a house and a piggery for a family.  Showing the love of God through meeting people's needs and helping them to become independent.

This couple gave matching funds and helped build the very first well in a remote village.   They lived in California at the time, but have now moved to our town and welcome!

Thanks for caring and giving to the Lord

This year we are working on our Faith 500 program and I urge you to go to the Mercy Uganda website
to find out how you can help.....you can also link this post to your blog which would be a big help.