Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Packing my suitcase



I have always been a late packer a person who puts it off and puts it off. 
I wait and wait as if waiting will make it go faster! 

But today with just 2 days till I leave for Uganda and Ghana and Togo,
 I opened my bag and started putting clothes and supplies in my suitcase.

Finally its close enough for me to pack my suitcase.

I can hardly believe its coming so soon! 
I am so excited I jumped up and down up and down as I packed my bag!

Its not finished but its a good start:)



Okay well I guess I should get back to packing!

Sunday I hold my babies...ahhh...

okay I really am gonna go pack now:)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Soon I Will Get to Hold my Babies!





In just 7 days I zip my suit case closed.

I will glance behind me in the mirror one last time and head towards the door.

I will walk down the stairs and hug my brothers and sisters and my Mommy goodbye.

I will hug my team members and open the door .

I will walk to the car and load my bags in the back.

I will drive and drive four hours and arrive at a hotel.

There I will lay in bed awake and count the hours till I fly away..

I will wake up excited as ever. Its the day I have been waiting for!

I will head to the aiport and board countless planes.

I will smile as I look down from my last plane into the darkness.

It's there down there   - my babies!
I will land on My Ugandan soil again!

I will be in Uganda in 9 days!

It will be night when I arrive and hug my Ugandan brothers and sister! 

I will ride home in the Matatoo {Van} and count the hours till I awake bright and early.

I will arrive at the guest house and hug all my friends that I have missed! They will welcome me home and tell me how "thankful" they are that I am back!

I will climb the stairs to my favorite room and shut the door. 
I'll go to bed waiting and waiting. 

In 10 days I will wake up early early!
 It will be the day I have been waiting for! 
I will run and run and rush to get ready and head to the baby home!
I will run to the gate,
sign my name "Emma" in the volunteer book
I will run up the walk
searching for their faces!
They will see me,
I will SMILE and
Hug my babies!!!!!!!!! 

Really I can not believe it is coming so soon until I get to hold my babies!!
Woot Woot God you're so good to me!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Car Wash Fundraiser

On Saturday we did a car wash at one of our local gas stations
We prayed together before we started and 
God totally provided!! 
We washed car after car after car they just kept coming:)

I was so bummed I didn't get any pictures of us washing some cars but we took these of us cleaning up



  Savannah and me:)
 She is not only my brothers girlfriend but an awesome friend!

                                                  Hosing up the dirt! One of the cars we had was so covered it took about  a half hour to rinse the car! Not even kidding, the guy had gone back country jeeping!
     These are my friends Savannah and Taylor
  We have so much fun together and I can't wait for us to go to Uganda together:)



After the car wash we had to clean up and the dirt was a mound so we had to shovel it away!
 here is my brother Graham shoveling the biggest pile of dirt ever!


We raised a huge amount and God just kept the cars coming.
We even just had a people who were getting gas ask us about the trip and then hand us money and they never even got there car washed! 

We prayed and he provided,
Yep thats my God for you!

Matthew 18:19 
"I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on 
earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Uganda and GHANA! NO WAY HERE I COME!




I am so excited to be able to tell you all that after my trip to Uganda in just 2 1/2 weeks I will be boarding a plane back to Belgium and then I will be on my way to GHANA! 

YES. 

You heard me right I am also going to Ghana!

God is so good!

My Dad will be leading a pastor's conference in Ghana and after praying about it my little brother 
{who is not so little only 18 months younger then me}
 decided that he thinks I should be the one to go with my Dad.

He said this:
 "you're the one going to move to Africa in just a year, so I think you should be the one to go to Ghana this way you can see more of Africa"

Really I was shocked. 
He wanted me to go!

It turns out that my Dad thinks its a great idea for me to go
and my flight has been booked and I am going to Ghana!

I could not be more excited I will be spending 3+ weeks in Africa! 
Not only will I be going to MY UGANDA,
But also to Ghana!

I am so thrilled I will be visiting West Africa for the first time!

God has definitely some secrets up his sleeve!
I can't wait to see what he will do.

While I am in Ghana I will be working in Orphanages! 
Exactly where my heart is - with the orphans!

Who knows maybe God has plans for me not only in Uganda but in:
 ALL OF AFRICA!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Meet my friend Juliet - longing for a Family



Juliet is the sweetest thing.

I met her back in Summer of 2010.
When I was visiting the orphanage that she is at.

She was precious. 
She hangs around me and never leaves my side.
We quickly became the best of friends.

She's 3 years old.
But she talks so very much.
She speaks good English and so we got to talking when I was back in April.

I had already visited her several times since my first time meeting her so immediately she came over to me with such Joy on her face, seeing that I had come back to see her again.

She walks around calling me "Auntie Emma"

Auntie is an endearing term so I felt so privileged that she would call me Auntie along with the other children. They have seen me come back time after time so now I am known as there "Auntie" 
No longer am I just a visitor!


 We played and played when I was there in April. 
We played ball.
We rolled it back and fourth and she kept hiding it in her shirt and she would say in her adorable English Accent "Where'd it go?" 

Then she would tell me "Its gone." 


{Notice the ball behind her back}


                                                            {The balls under her shirt now}


 We were talking and playing the whole day and then she said something I will never forget.

She said  her friends name then "went to America"
She proceeded to tell me name after name of her friends who had left her.
They had "went to America"

Her whole attitude changed  as she became sad and she told me all of her friends who had left her.
Then a mama came up and said "You want to go to American to Juliet?"

She said "Yes"

This sweet precious girl has watched all her friends leave her.
She has watched them leave. 
Never to return she would think.

Gone to America.

I can't imagine such a sweet little girl watching child after child walk out the door.

She's left alone with the other children wondering why she can't go to America.

Wondering why she isn't chosen.

Today pray for my special friend Juliet to get a family.
For her to have her wish come true.
That she could go to America.
That she would have a family that loves her and cherishes her sweet spirit.

With every second of her telling me about her friends I wished I could just grab her and run for the door 
To say "I will take you in my family - you can come to America with me".
But I couldn't.

With everything I wished I could.

So when you think of our country please pray for Juliet, just a little girl in Uganda,
 longing for America and longing for a family.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bake Sale Fundraiser


We held a bake sale at church to raise money for going to Uganda!

We had  tons and tons of delicious treats all made and waiting to be sold.
We sold literally like everything.
We barely had a thing left.

GOD IS GOOD!

We raised somewhere around $427.00 :)

It was an awesome time and God totally provided!
{Destini,Savannah,Me}

Yippee Jesus!


We still are trying to raise the money so please keep praying we leave in just 3 weeks!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My Edith goes.




Today I logged on to Facebook and there in the news feed- I read the news.

My Edith has gone home.

Its hard news to take and my heart feels like its breaking,its crumbling in millions of pieces.

I know the situation in her family life so I imagine it can't be easy for my sweet girl.

She's so innocent and little.

She doesn't have a relationship with the aunt and uncle that have taken her.

I imagine my girl must be so scared. 

Afraid and unsure of what to make of her new life.

Will you join me in praying for peace and comfort for my precious Edith?
That God will provide a way for me to find her family and keep up to date with her?


My darling girl, I will pray for you everyday,
I'm going to miss you forever Edith.
I will love you always.
Don't forget me.
Love Mama Emma