Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Peek Into Our Foundation...

is so very excited!

We are preparing to open our doors 
to our very first 'Gems' 
and we can hardly wait!!

We are in the final preparation stages of being officially 
ready to open our doors!

Mainly we have been organizing, cleaning, 
final decorating and arranging the office.

Besides all of the little details we also have many bigger details,
such as interviews and hiring staff for the home.

We have been so blessed with such tender-hearted people,
 who love the Lord and love special needs children. 

We still have several positions that are open and we continue to pray
 that God would bring the right people to join our staff.

Long ago when this ministry was laid 
on my heart, 
I began to feel that it had to be founded 
firmly on Christ.

We want the ministry to fully glorify Him.

Every Monday morning bright and early we sit together 
and read scripture, discuss it and
then we pray together.  

We have seen many, many, many of our 
prayer requests answered!

We are so very excited to continue to see this ministry unfold 
and all that God has planned,
pray for us and please pray that God will 
bring the right people for the positions that
still need filling.

"Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
I Corinthians 10:31b

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Anonymous Rain Jacket...

Before moving to Uganda,

I was asked by several of you sweet friends,

 to write a blogpost of my needs.

I prayed as I typed and hit publish.

Before I could blink,

emails began to pour in from many of you,
my precious friends!

God began to provide for my needs.

And the rest is history.

First one package arrived, and I was amazed of what He was doing!

Then another package, followed by another,

and another!

You all blessed me so very much!

I was in awe of the way He had provided.

One day I received a package,

as I prepared to open the box -

I saw that it was from a very large company.

I could only imagine what was inside as I opened the box...

what would I find inside?!

There it was -  a beautiful, stunning, rain jacket
and just my size!

This rain jacket was something special.

It was purple just like I had been asking for!

I was so amazed!

As I searched in the box for a name, none could be found..

With now living in Uganda for over a year, 

I go regularly into my closet and grab my jacket!

I smile to myself wondering who ever you are - wherever you are.

Rainy season in Uganda is very wet.

This jacket has kept me warm and dry from the pouring rain.

It has been such an incredible blessing to me.

I don't know who you are or if I ever will.

But you my sweet-purple-rain-jacket-given'-friend 
have blessed me beyond compare.

Because of you sweet friend,

I am safe, warm and dry!

Thank you for blessing me so incredibly!

I pray God richly blesses you for your generosity!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Prayer Answered: The Washing Machine

Since I first moved to Uganda 15 months ago
 life has had many changes.

One of the changes is that I wash all my laundry by hand! 

What a year it has been - first, learning to wash by hand!

But I've actually come to love the simplicity that comes with it.

No doubt, some days I longed for a washing machine...

Especially as I'd stand bending over in the sun with a mound of laundry.

But then God would quickly remind me how much I truly have to be thankful for.

*Welcome to my Laundry room!* 

Some days my chickens would peck at my feet as I wash,

other days the dogs would run chasing each other

and my water would splash everywhere.

But oh how I've learned to love it.

I'd realize how much I'd taken for granted when I lived in the states.

Many days I'd wash late in the afternoon and hang my laundry on the clothes line.

Only to later be followed by a rain storm,


That just meant that some days my laundry got
more than one rinse cycle.

Got to love rainy season in Uganda!

Soon my love for washing laundry and our busy schedule,
grew into a hope.

A dream.

I dreamed and hoped that I would be able to
wash my laundry in a machine!

One day at the staff meeting for 

We began to pray together that God would provide a laundry machine.

We knew it was a huge financial need and also a necessary item for our home...

to make life a bit easier on our staff and
also better for our 'Gems'.

We made it a matter of prayer.

Together we agreed and asked the Lord to provide.

Then the most incredible thing happened.

Across the ocean God began to stir someone's heart...

Macey was in preparation to move here to Uganda to serve on staff at,

Before leaving the states, Macey began to share her heart and
 how she would be serving here at our home.

That's when God began to stir someone's heart...

and unbeknownst to any of us...

an anonymous donor


a washing machine!!

We were in awe...

not only was our prayer answered,

 We then found out that it wasn't only a washing machine.

They had also donated the resources for

 a Dryer!!

I was in shock and amazement as Macey shared with me
all that God had done and provided!

Little did this person know,

that across the ocean in Uganda we had been fervently praying.

Yet God had whispered to this person our need.

God did exceedingly abundantly above
all we could think or ask for!

Imagine the joy as I shared with the staff that God had answered our prayer!

He is faithful.

He cared about our hope and dream.
He cared about our littlest desires.

Macey and I with The Gem Foundation's 
very own washing machine.

My sweet friends, I hope and pray this shows you
how very much God cares about your needs.

He loves to answer our prayers!

 He is a faithful God.

He loves you.

He will answer you..

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; 
knock and the door will be opened to you."
- Matthew 7:7

Sometimes the waiting seems to last forever.

But my sweet friends, He is working behind the scenes
long before we see the results.

He does answer prayer!

Do you have any prayer needs?

Our staff gathers together once a week and we have a time of prayer.

Leave your prayer request in a comment below and we will pray for you.