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!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Embassy of Egypt Calling....

I'm so excited to share with you all an amazing story of how God works!

Recently I was outside in the front yard playing with the kids 
when I realized I'd left my phone inside.

I came inside to check my phone only to find a ton of missed phone calls from a number I didn't recognize.

I quickly dialed the number back thinking that someone must really need me to have dialed so many times.

The phone rang and then on the other line I heard someone answer,

"Hello This is the Egyptian Embassy, 
how can I help you?"

I was completely shocked.

Did she just say what I thought she said?

"Um did you just say the Egyptian Embassy? I received a missed call from this number."

I waited as she responded on the other end,

"Oh is this Emmalee Director of The Gem Foundation?"

"YES!"  I responded.

She then proceeded to share with me that
we had been nominated by another home and that 
the Ambassador wanted to meet with me!

I was speechless. And said,


She sounded joyful as she asked me why I was shocked.

I said "Well it's not everyday an Embassy calls and an Ambassador wants to meet with me!"

We arranged an appointment for the following day and hung up the phone.

I was still shocked and overjoyed.

Could it really be? The country I love where my favorite missionary and hero served?


Several years ago I had read a missionary biography,
 that had grabbed my heart. 

Lillian Thrasher
 was a brave single woman began the journey to Egypt
to serve as a missionary.

Later on she would find that God would call her to start the very first orphanage in Egypt.

And it still runs today.

It has cared for more then 20,000 orphans and widows.

To Read Lillian Thrasher's Book Click Here

Reading her story had inspired me and I longed to someday visit Egypt and see her orphanage and love on the precious Egyptian people.

For years since I had read and reread her biography as God has done things in my life that sometimes mirror the events and struggles of Lillian.

She was a woman of great faith as she trusted Him and
He always met and provided every need she had.

I longed to visit Egypt and for this very reason it has held a special place in my heart.


When the Embassy of Egypt called I felt God in some small way was using my love for Egypt and the Egyptian people - I can just imagine God smiling saying
"Wait until you see what I am going to do!"

I arrived at the Embassy and was ushered into a waiting room, 
where I waited to meet with the Ambassador.

So excited to see what God was going to do.

I was called in to meet with the Ambassador and ushered to another seat in front of his desk.

I introduced myself.

I found that the Ambassador,

to be a kind man with so much compassion and grace.

He is passionate about Orphans and wants to make a difference.

He has a heart for people and the Orphan.

I shared with him all about The Gem Foundation and what we do.

I showed him pictures on my phone of some of my precious Gems.

He shared with me that in Egypt every first of April they host an Orphans Day -
An event to raise money and awareness for the Orphan.

He then proceeded to share that he would like The Gem Foundation to be one of the homes they support through this event.

We were so humbled and honored.

Before leaving of course I had to snap a picture with the Ambassador of Egypt!

Stay tuned for part 2!

To see all that God did!