Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Celebrating TWO Years of Gems

On July 10th we gathered together to Celebrate all that God has done here at The Gem Foundation.

Celebrating TWO years of Gems!

Two years ago we opened our doors and our hearts as we welcomed home 12 precious Gems through our partner organization Watoto Childcare Ministries.

In just a matter of 24 hours we went from being an empty building to being a fully running 24 hour care home for 12 special needs kiddos. Watoto was gracious and spent many days and nights training us on night feedings and schedules. We laughed as Caleb and Collin would have crawling races on the mats in the living room.

{Hamza one of our newest gems and his nanny Carol}

Our Staff family began to grow as well through the months and many more staff would join the team.

{We had delicious local food buffet! What's a party without some delicious Matooke?}

Wheelchair rides and races would fill the sunny, summer days as we laughed and rejoiced in all that God has been doing.

{Josh pushed Johnie and Justin in their awesome wheelchair swing that Josh helped design!}

Over the coming two years we would have the incredible joy of loving and caring for a total of 34 children! Five now live in Heaven: Arthur, Jason, Elisha, John Moe, Samuel - safe in the arms of Jesus.  And our sweet Claire whom we had the joy of reuniting with her family.

We jumped and jumped! I mean a party wouldn't be a party without a jumping castle right?!

Over the two years God has been so faithful to us. He has given us favor every where we go. With the Ugandan government, officials, and this year He has even given us favor with the diplomats! 

We have had the joy of having the Ambassador of Egypt as well as his wife, his family and his officials visit.  We have also had the Ambassador's wives from Cameroon, Ethiopia, and even Germany come to meet The Gems!!  

{Joan our social worker sang a song dedicated to all the Gems and special needs children in Uganda! She is amazing and we are so thankful to have her as part of our team!}

I would like to take today to proclaim God's faithfulness and His deep love for the special needs children of Uganda. All glory to God!

{Nanny Paul and Joey!}

{Our nanny Liz wrote a song about The Gem Foundation and sang it with her friends for us!
So proud of you Liz and so thankful to have you as part of our team!}

We rejoice and celebrate in all that God has done here in The Gem Foundation and all that He is going to do in the coming years! All glory to God!

We danced and danced celebrating all that God had done! Such a joyful celebration it was!

Isaiah 61: 1 - 11

“All who see the Gem Foundation, 
will acknowledge that they are a people that the Lord has blessed!” 
Look at the joy Opio has!! He is thriving - thanks to many donors!! 

Psalm 33:1 - 22 

says “Sing Joyfully to the Lord”

All glory to God and all the great things He has done!!

We can't wait to see all that God will do in the coming years!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Opio's Urgent Surgery

Recently our precious Opio began to be very sick and weak.

His body had gotten weak and so we met and saw many doctors and specialists over the last few months.

He has had tests upon tests and many emergency appointments.

Just last week we finally met with a doctor who shared with us the urgent need to have three operations one to put in a gastronomy tube called a "Peg" where the food will be able to go directly to his stomach.

This will Lord willing help his body begin to heal and put on weight. 

He also needs to have a throat surgery to remove a hernia and reconstruction of his throat that causes his frequent vomiting and congestion.

He's a fighter our little brave 5 year old Opio.

He is such a tenderhearted little guy and loves to be carried in my sling.

It doesn't matter if he is sick in bed he never fails to give us the most charming smile!

We have begun meeting with specialists to see how to best move forward for our Opio.

 The cost for these operations are overwhelming..But we know that God is faithful and He will provide every need that our Opio has because He loves him.

Due to Uganda not having the specialists here in Kampala - he will need to travel to Nairobi  Kenya where the specialist is in order to have these operations.

We currently need to raise $5,000 USD for the above surgeries.

 Would you please pray and considering donating? 

The doctors have told us that if he doesn't have these three surgeries his life will be short..  
The reality of this is not easy.

But I know that God has good plans for my Opio!

" For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11

Our precious Opio needs these surgeries and he needs them urgently.

Would you please pray about being apart of helping Opio have a hope 
and a beautiful future?

On behalf of our Opio thank you, thank you, thank you.

Please be praying for our Opio in the days ahead and for wisdom for the doctors and healing and protection over him.Pray for provision and that God will direct our steps. Pray that we will have favour traveling since in the past they have given us trouble at the border. 

Thank you sweet friends.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Ambassador of Egypt comes for a visit!

{We even made the newspaper!}

I am so excited to be sharing with you part 2!

Following the meeting we received a formal invitation to a bazaar to be hosted at the Ambassadors home to raise awareness for orphans! 

We were so honored to be able to attend.

We arrived at the event greeted by the Ambassador and he introduced to many other dignitaries from other countries!

We later found out that the money raised from the bazaar was going to be used to benefit,

How amazing is that? So in awe of how God works!

I can just imagine God smiling saying " Do you know how much I love the gems?! This is just a small glimpse of my love for them!!"

To think that even the Eygptian Ambassador's heart would be stirred for the special needs Orphans of Uganda

We were speechless and so very honored!

Only God!


A week later we received yet again another phone call from the Egyptian Embassy.

Asking if they could come for a visit and meet our precious Gems!

Of course we agreed! 

Excitement filled the air as we welcomed the Ambassador and his wife 

and many other offcials from the Embassy.

They came bearing generous donations and gifts for our Gems!

There were diapers and formula and coloring books galore!

Such a blessing to our home and children!

We love watching how generously God provides every month for our Gems!

This was truly only something God could do!

The Egyptian people are so generous and truly have a deep love for the Orphan!

The Ambassador of Egypt meeting some of our Gems!

Hudson was all smiles when he met the Ambassador and received a gift!

                                      Baby Joshua was a big hit with his "BONGA!" {knuckles!}

The Ambassador of Egypt was so open-hearted and kind!

He enjoyed meeting each and everyone of our Gems!

Meeting Collins and Caleb -

They were so excited with their gifts!

We stand amazed at just how much God loves our precious Gems and how much He loves to surprise us with little gifts from Him!

We were so humbled and honored to have the Ambassador visit and meet our precious Gems!

Thank you, Thank you, thank you for caring for the Orphan!

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress!" - James 1:27a

Still smiling of the sweet surprise and blessing God gave us having the Ambassador visit and love on our precious Gems!