Monday, March 31, 2014

Sharing Our Joy

The secret is finally out!

I am overjoyed and so humbled that God would use me
and that all of you would share our joy.

It has been a long year of paperwork and we are so excited to officially be a registered
 non - governmental organization here in Uganda!

I'm so excited to see all that God is going to do through,

We have rented a home and our in the process of renovating it 
and remodeling to make it wheelchair accessible.

There are many things that need to be done in order 
to be ready for our 'Gems' to join our family.

Would you want to be a part of making our house a home?
Your contribution would allow us to get up and running
and would provide the foundation {literally}...
and just think, one day you could look back and say,
"I helped get The Gem Foundation started"...

Check out the list of our current needs here:

Above all else please continue to pray for us here at The Gem Foundation,
 as we prepare to open our doors {soon!} to the very first 'Gems'.

Thank you for all your love and encouragement - it means so very much to us!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Today We Are Celebrating...Introducing..

Today we are celebrating...

The day I have dreamed of since I was a little girl has finally become a reality..
I am so humbled, and honored to be sharing with you my sweet friends, 
all that God has been doing in my life.

As I adjusted to living here permanently, God clearly showed me that 
the time was 'now'...and that the dreams long planted by Him in 
my heart needed to become a reality. 
It has been a lengthy process gaining NGO {non-government organization} 
status yet it's really official and my lifelong dream is finally becoming a reality. 
Words fail me that I have the privilege of being chosen to have this enormous joy - 
I am thrilled that I can serve in a land that I have loved for as long as I can remember 
caring for His most precious gems - The Special Needs Treasures of Uganda!

As this story unfolds, God is the only one writing it and

 I am humbled and grateful that He would choose me to be part of it all. 
Please join me on this amazing journey of loving the forgotten, strengthening the weak and encouraging the weary...


Monday, March 17, 2014

Tomorrow We Celebrate...

I've been busy over here blowing up a mighty big pile of balloons.

But I don't even mind one tiny bit.

After all, The Celebration will be so very worth every last breathe.

After all God is always into the details, isn't He?

I've waited for this Celebration for so very long.

I can't believe it is almost time.

Off to go finish blowing up my balloons...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Getting Ready to Celebrate...

Mighty big pile of balloons waiting to be blown up
over here in Uganda...

Whatever are they for?

We are actually counting down to something 
very special.

What we are counting down to?

Well I'd love to share it with you. 


But I have so many balloons,
I best get started...

Until then countdown with us....

I am so excited I can't even stand it.

The waiting is almost over.


Friday, March 7, 2014

An Unexpected Honor...."Jeremiah"

Shortly after moving to Uganda,

 I rented my very first house.

First on the list: hire a night guard.
It's just a wise idea.

Of course, when hiring a guard you need to know that you can trust him
God provided an amazing Godly man through a friend's recommendation.

His name is N.

At night I can look out my window and see him sitting reading his Bible.

Studying scripture.

He truly is a blessing to me!

One day he shared with me about his family and 
he told me he and his wife were expecting their 3rd child.

Several weeks past and one day he came to me with excitement
to tell me that his wife was in labour!

We quickly got somethings together for the hospital!
 {In Uganda when you go to the hospital you have to
bring your own sheets, gloves, etc.}

Off N went to welcome his third child into the world.

That evening I got a phone call from N sharing that he had a son!

But thats not all he told me...

He proceeded to tell me that he and his wife
 wanted me to name their son.

I was shocked.

In Ugandan culture to name a child is the highest form of honor.

I was so overcome and humbled that N and his wife 
would want me to name their son.

I told him I would pray about it and ask God to give me a name for his son.

With much prayer God laid it on my heart to name him,


His name means,

"The Lord is Exalted."

I am so excited to introduce you to Jeremiah,

He is beyond precious and has completely stolen my heart.

{N, P with Jeremiah and I.}

They brought me a chicken as a gift to thank me for hiring 
N and also naming Jeremiah.

I am beyond blessed to call them my friends.

I can't wait to see what God is going to do in Jeremiah's life and
feel so honored that I would have
 the privilege of naming him.

Isn't Jeremiah adorable?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

God Provides for 'H'..

{'H' at the hospital after check-in with his coloring book 
that was generously donated from a GO Team}

On Tuesday morning I woke up to some very exciting news.

God provided incredibly!

Through my sweet bloggy friends generosity 'H'  
was able to receive his surgery!

I am in awe of your love and support.

Because of you, this sweet boy is not only receiving life-changing 
surgery that will enable him to learn to walk again. 

But he is also learning about the love of Jesus.

For the very first time.

Words can't do it justice.

The infection on his legs started in 2012.

With no finances and many other circumstances, he dropped out of school.

The infection took over.

Before he knew it, it went to his ankles and then exposed the bone.

Making him unable to walk.

He's 12 years old.

But because of you, you've given him a second chance.

I believe by God's healing he will walk again.
What a glorious, joyful day that will be!

Surgery was on Wednesday morning and they operated on both legs.

He is recovering well, 
but still has a long road of healing and physical therapy.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you for loving 'H' without ever meeting him.

Thank you for loving like Jesus.

Please continue to pray for him as he heals. 

Pray that He will come to know the true love of Jesus.

On Behalf of his family -  Thank You!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Meet 'H'

{All dressed up for the hospital}

On Friday Morning my cell phone rang with 
a phone call from a friend.

They had been walking in the slum when they 
had stumbled upon a little boy.

They were brought to tears at his condition.

His leg was so infected that it left the bone exposed.
Due to lack of finances and many other circumstances
 he had been unable to receive medical care.

They quickly dialed my number knowing that I 
worked with the medical care arm of matching children
 with medical grants through 
International Voice Of the Orphan's 
Ruby's Friends.

We set up a meeting and on Saturday morning 
I had the privilege of meeting sweet 'H'.

His infection was much worse than I thought.

Not only had the bone been exposed on his left leg -
but the infection had then spread to his right leg...
making him unable to walk.

He is 12 years old and as you can imagine he longs 
to walk again.

I had the privilege of sharing with him that I 
would like to help him receive medical care through 
Ruby's Friend's.

With some phone calls we had an appointment scheduled.

This morning we journeyed an hour+ away to the hospital.

At first the infection looked so bad that I wondered 
if the only way to 
heal would be to amputate his legs.

We prayed, others gathered together 
and prayed.

 Today, after meeting with the doctor I am so 
excited to share that the surgeon does not think that
he will need to have his legs amputated!!

All glory to God!

We now have surgery scheduled for 
Wednesday morning.

'H' fearlessly met with the doctors and was 
so very brave!

I was so proud of him.

Although he doesn't speak English,  I was able to 
share with him in my limited Luganda
that he did a good job.

He laughed hearing me speak in his local language.

At the end of our appointment he shared how 
he longs to walk again.

I told him not only will he walk but he will run!

Although he has a long road to healing and walking 
we are so excited and look forward in anticipation 
of all that God is going to do!

Would you be willing to be a part of helping 'H' receive the 
surgery that he so desperately needs? 


Above all us would you please join us in praying 
for 'H' and his family?

Thank you for your love and prayers they mean 
so very much to us!