Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Celebrating TWO Years of Gems

On July 10th we gathered together to Celebrate all that God has done here at The Gem Foundation.

Celebrating TWO years of Gems!

Two years ago we opened our doors and our hearts as we welcomed home 12 precious Gems through our partner organization Watoto Childcare Ministries.

In just a matter of 24 hours we went from being an empty building to being a fully running 24 hour care home for 12 special needs kiddos. Watoto was gracious and spent many days and nights training us on night feedings and schedules. We laughed as Caleb and Collin would have crawling races on the mats in the living room.

{Hamza one of our newest gems and his nanny Carol}

Our Staff family began to grow as well through the months and many more staff would join the team.

{We had delicious local food buffet! What's a party without some delicious Matooke?}

Wheelchair rides and races would fill the sunny, summer days as we laughed and rejoiced in all that God has been doing.

{Josh pushed Johnie and Justin in their awesome wheelchair swing that Josh helped design!}

Over the coming two years we would have the incredible joy of loving and caring for a total of 34 children! Five now live in Heaven: Arthur, Jason, Elisha, John Moe, Samuel - safe in the arms of Jesus.  And our sweet Claire whom we had the joy of reuniting with her family.

We jumped and jumped! I mean a party wouldn't be a party without a jumping castle right?!

Over the two years God has been so faithful to us. He has given us favor every where we go. With the Ugandan government, officials, and this year He has even given us favor with the diplomats! 

We have had the joy of having the Ambassador of Egypt as well as his wife, his family and his officials visit.  We have also had the Ambassador's wives from Cameroon, Ethiopia, and even Germany come to meet The Gems!!  

{Joan our social worker sang a song dedicated to all the Gems and special needs children in Uganda! She is amazing and we are so thankful to have her as part of our team!}

I would like to take today to proclaim God's faithfulness and His deep love for the special needs children of Uganda. All glory to God!

{Nanny Paul and Joey!}

{Our nanny Liz wrote a song about The Gem Foundation and sang it with her friends for us!
So proud of you Liz and so thankful to have you as part of our team!}

We rejoice and celebrate in all that God has done here in The Gem Foundation and all that He is going to do in the coming years! All glory to God!

We danced and danced celebrating all that God had done! Such a joyful celebration it was!

Isaiah 61: 1 - 11

“All who see the Gem Foundation, 
will acknowledge that they are a people that the Lord has blessed!” 
Look at the joy Opio has!! He is thriving - thanks to many donors!! 

Psalm 33:1 - 22 

says “Sing Joyfully to the Lord”

All glory to God and all the great things He has done!!

We can't wait to see all that God will do in the coming years!

1 comment:

Thandi said...

Two years already? Wow, congratulations. May God keep blessing the work.