Thursday, November 29, 2012

Because So Many of You Asked

Recently I posted a story about the iPhone that God provided.

He is always so faithful to me.

Many of you read the story of exactly how God provided it.

If you haven't read, it check it out:


Faithful God - He always provides more then I can think or ask for!

When I posted the story of how I'd been praying that  God would provide, 

I received many emails, messages & comments from my sweet Bloggy friends,

Asking that I do a post listing my needs for moving full-time to Uganda in January.

With so many people responding, I decided to give in and post my list of current needs for moving.

When moving full time to Uganda, the things I have to pack are quite rare or a bit strange.

They are random and a little weird to post.

But since you all insisted here is a list of my most needed things.

Many of you may even have these items around your house or feel called to donate them.

Remember each item would be a tremendous blessing.

I've been praying for these items for awhile, and now since you all are so generous I've been encouraged to post

  my need list

#1:
I've been really needing a backpack, something lite-weight for carrying my things to and from the village and daily into the slums with supplies.

This is my ultimate dream backpack.

It's durable and lite-weight and an added bonus:  it's really cute.
It's even called "Traveling Soldier" backpack. 



This backpack is found on this site:


#2:

One of my other really big needs is Sheets.

To be honest I don't know a lot about sheets.

They've always been there and I sleep in them and don't give it another thought.

The best sheets would be 100% cotton size queen - I really need two sets of sheets.

I have no idea what size bed I will have however that's where pins can always work
 if turns out my bed is smaller.



#3:

Another huge need on my list is a rain jacket.

Rainy season is very wet and with walking being my main mode
 of transportation it's bound to be very wet.

My friends who already are based in Uganda suggested I get an REI rain jacket.

My favorite color is Purple so that'd be my dream rain jacket - size XS.


This REI jacket is found on the REI website:



#4:

With living in Uganda the drinking water is always an issue.

I've gotten sick many different times and it's not unusual to get food poisoning.

Thankfully with living full-time I will be preparing many of my own 
meals over a little Charcoal stove.

It's bound to be quite an adventure.

Due to traveling around villages and in the slums I really need this water bottle.

It's made by camel bak and can be found in most outdoor stores.

It's a purifier and cleans the water with a laser.

Which means the water is a lot cleaner and safer.



#5:

It's very dark at night in Uganda and often you will find me without Electricity.

There is often no power so you are found sitting in the dark.

In the villages where I will spend many nights with out running water or electricity,
it's really dark to walk to and from the latrine.  

{If you get what I mean}

A flashlight is a huge need.

Maybe you have an extra laying around the house that you would
 contribute to help me move to Uganda.
{Spare batteries would help as well.}




#6:

One need I have is for devotional books and life changing books or even a pastor dvd series to study with fellow missionaries as well as to use as teaching meterial.

Like Joyce Meyer or Billy Graham

I long to have some for personal use, as well as for the people I will be working with.

Maybe you have some you've read or your favorite you'd want to pass on?


#7:

One of my biggest needs is large suitcases.

The bigger and lighter the better.

I need them to carry my supplies and things to Uganda.

They also will be used for ministry as well.

I've been praying and searching the thrift stores but then I wondered if one of you,
 sweet bloggy friends,
 might have some you no longer need or maybe you'd want to help buy bags!

My dream would be a set of luggage matching. 

But I also happen to love mismatched things.

Below is me pictured with my beloved Green vintage suitcase
{compliments of our favorite thrift store!}.

However I would love if it had wheels.

I'm not nearly as strong as I look :}




#8:

I would love to have some board games and card games for long rainy days.
 as well as days off or days and evenings spent at the boys home
 or at the big kid orphanage.

Maybe games like UNO or scrabble or a deck of cards.




#9:

Towels and Washclothes  -  I need at least three sets - since all my laundry is hand washed by myself
and during rainy season it takes forrrrever to dry.

I really need these to take with me because they are very hard to find in Uganda.



#10:

My final need is an Umbrella

for rainy days and rainy season.

Somedays it pours and doesn't stop. 

But with walking to and from the slums I will be drenched without one.

The only preference is that it is lit weight and small enough to fit in a purse.





Thank you all so much for your time and for doing this for me! 

You seriously are the best of friends!

If you feel called or compelled to give,
 just send me an email and I will message you my address.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Caring for the Orphan and Widow.


Looking back I see all the moments of my time spent in Uganda from 2008 till now.

I see flashes of his face as he sits on the street all alone.


I see flashes of her face no more then skin and bones.



I see the worry on her face as she struggles to sell fruit
to feed her family.

I see him as he sits with no legs on the sidewalk and begs for money.

I see her as she longs to be loved by a mommy and daddy.

I see him as he tries to cover up his bruises and burns from his stepmother.

I see the shame in her eyes after being rescued from being sexual abuse at the hands of her father.


I see the pain and the sorrow.

Sometimes I ask myself why others don't see the pain that is in this World.

I ask myself time after time.

Some days the pain and sorrow lying in Uganda is beyond overwhelming.

I ask myself why others don't see the pain and sorrow.

But then I am reminded their eyes just haven't been opened yet.


God works in each of our hearts differently.

He opened my eyes as a little girl.

But not everyone is so blessed to see where God has called them at such a young age.

God might be using you as a key in opening others eyes.

Remember He has a purpose for each one of us.

Everyone can make a difference in this world.

I've had people ask me,

"Why Uganda?

Why not the kids here in the America?"

That's when I am reminded God called me to Africa for a specific purpose.

He called us all to do something for the Orphan.

You may not be called to Uganda or even to Africa.

But one thing is

  clear

He has called us all to do something for the Orphan.

The Bible tells us in James 1:27:

"Pure and Genuine religion in the sight of God the father means
 caring for the Orphans and widows in their distress."

God's word is

 clear

We are all called to do something.

For some He has called to spend our lives serving the Orphan.
Other may find their call a bit different,
like financially resourcing those on the field.

But everyone is called to do something for the Orphan.

I encourage you, if you are wondering where God has called you,

to leave a comment on my blog and I will be praying for you.


If you've ever felt called to GO and serve the Orphan check out:

International Voice of the Orphan





If you've ever longed to feed or provide for an Orphan then check this out:

{For just a dollar a day you can feed 3 children}

Frontlines feeding program


"You may not be able to change the whole World
 but you can change the World for one person"
-Mother Teresa

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday.



Post taken from:  A Place Called Simplicity


The picture says it all.

{Picture from the young turks}

Since January we have helped feed over 15,000+ 

meals to the orphans and vulnerable children of Uganda through our Frontlines+ Feeding Program


Please consider keeping your Christmas Simple.

Simple.

Simple.


*Be The Voice*

Where 100% of each donation feeds the children.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

He Answered My Prayer. Faithful God.




Preparation.

It takes a lot longer then I originally thought.

God has been preparing me since I was little.

He called me to Africa at just six years old.

I've been preparing more personally lately.

As in packing and preparing.

There are a lot of things that you need to live somewhere permanently.

Things you might not always think of.

Or at least things I don't normally think of.

I've always lived at home.

I've traveled to lots of places to Africa and Europe even to Asia.

But trips would never prepare me for what I'll need to live permanently.

I never realized I will actually need my own things.

Things that I use everyday in life.

For instance, I will need a bed.

Sheets and Blankets.

Towels. 

ETC.

Things I've always expected to be there.

I mean I know I need those things it's just not something I always think of.

I've just always thought it would be there.

But now as I prepare my checklist I realized I have a lot more needs then I thought.

I have a few things very specific that I've been praying for.

Praying that God would provide the most important items on my list.

My list is long.

But I've felt and dreamed of having this item for the purpose of getting a hold of my family.

Something so important to keep in touch with the World and my beloved family.

I have been called by God to in Africa.

 But there is an item I dreamed of having.

I've dreamed of having this for quite sometime because it can be used in Africa 
very easily to get a hold of my family.

So Monday night before going to bed I gave the wish/desire to God.

I prayed:

"Lord, would you please provide an iPhone and oh by the way God it'd be cool
 if you'd provide it free of charge, ya' know since finances are tight with moving.
 Thank you so much!"

You will never believe what God did in the matter of less then twenty-four hours!

Tuesday morning I spent some time with Jesus and then loaded the internet.

There on my Facebook page was the most amazing email.

Someone I don't really know had written me an email saying
they had felt called to give.


In the email they shared that they were going to send a check
 and that they wanted me to go buy an iPhone.

'
Can you believe it?

I mean, I hardly know this person.
At.all.

He had answered my prayer.

Less then 24 hours later and He had answered.

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the Lord and 
He will give you the desires of your heart.

 He is always faithful.

I love watching God surprise me.
He is just soooo good.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Childhood memories

Childhood memories.



                                           {my best friend growing up - Kelsi and Me}


Old journals filled with grown-up dreams.

I love everything that childhood brings.

Dollhouse and playing dress up.

Running with the boys and climbing trees.

Playing Army and having big brother make us carry bricks in our backpacks.

I loved everything about being a child.

I've been going through boxes of childhood memories trying to 
narrow it down to the things I may really need.

I forgot moving means you take everything.

But with moving across the ocean  I will only be able to take what can fit into three suitcases.

I've been sorting pictures and can't believe how fast life changes.

Going through box after box of childhood.

Boxes full of pictures, trinkets, dolls and old birthday cards.

Letters from my grandparents who will never write me another card.

I'm no longer dreaming of what I'll be when I grow up or filling journals with my dreams.

Now I am all grown up,

Or as grown up as I can be at 19 years old.



I am finally about to live out my biggest dream as a full time as a missionary to Uganda, East Africa.

I love childhood memories but I am looking forward to what the future brings!

Jeremiah 29:11
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.