{Uganda} Africa Update

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Did you know that we might get to meet the little boy we've been sponsoring for the past 2 years? His name is Moses and he lives in Pader which is close to the trade school we will be visiting in Uganda.

Moses' father was killed in battle in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and has since moved to Pader where he lives with his mom and three other siblings. We've been writing him letters and praying for him often these past 24 months. Next month he turns 11 and we'd love nothing more to kiss and hug him if our travel schedule permits. After reading The Hole in Our Gospel, When Helping Hurts, and Kisses from Katie, I'm convinced more than ever that we can truly change the world one child at a time.

You may think that sponsoring 1 child won't really make much of a difference in eliminating world poverty, but it's about so much more than feeding the hungry. Chances are you and I are wealthier than 90% of the rest of the world. We need a perspective shift just as much as those children need a warm meal, school uniform, and the opportunity to get an education. "To whom much has been given, much will be demanded."

Katie often talks in her book about how caring for the poor can often feel like "emptying the ocean with an eyedropper ... just when you have about half a cup full of water it rains." May we not grow weary in doing good as we seek to be faithful to provide for those in need. Let me know if you need information about sponsoring a child and I can connect you with a trustworthy organization.

Love to you, Homies!
Em

22 comments:

Georgia and Jordan said...

Amen Sister!

Joel Herrey said...

This is just too sweet! Not to mention VERY inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Awesome post! I love how you said it so perfectly - Tracie

Kelly said...

My husband and I did the same thing!.....We sponsor a boy in Uganda and got to meet him this past August. We were able to coordinate with the organization (Compassion International) and meet him along with the leaders from his school and church. It was an amazing experience and I pray that you will get to do the same. Beautiful experience.

Brent said...

Ive been thinking about doing this for a while now, which organizations do you recommend to check out?

Carol B. said...

I <3 Compassion International- have been privileged to be involved with 2 lovely Bolivian girls for the past 9 years and hope to meet them someday.

S said...

This is a wonderful post and very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your experience. I really do hope you get to meet Moses! :)

Sierra said...

I sponsor two students in Kenya and I have seen their growth immensely over the course of the past school year. It's an incredible feeling.

D W said...

It is also important to take care of kids in America. There are around 202, 065 children currently in foster care.

jkiger2001 said...

What a wonderful post. I hope you do get to meet Moses, and I can't wait to hear about it.

I would love more information about a reliable organization with which to sponsor a child.

Sweet...Savvy...Lovin! said...

A year and a half ago I started working at Howard Books in Nashville. At this time the office was buzzing about a girl named Katie Davis, we were hoping to sign her book deal so that we could spread her amazing story of adopting 13 Ugandan children and starting Amazima Ministries. Well, a year later and her book was being published and hitting the New York Times...she's an amazing woman to meet and work with. I'm glad you were inspired by her book as much as we were. I too, since reading about Katie have adopted a compassion child, Tusnar, in India.

p.s. I love your blog-it inspires me to do so many sweet things with my fiance.

Brianna Soloski said...

Love this! I hope you get to meet him. What you are doing is so honorable.

Today's Letters said...

so encouraged by how many of you already sponsor kids!

for those of you who are interested in sponsoring a child i'd highly recommend going through food for the hungry. you can get more info here: http://www.fh.org/give/sponsor

d.w., we couldn't agree with you more! it is as equally important to love those in your own back yard. every day we are on a "short term mission" trip. being faithful at home will in turn alow us to be faithful abroad. either way keep loving the "least of these!"

Carrie said...

Emily,
I am a recent fan, and LOVE the work you do. I am a college student and have been sponsoring a Yohannis, a twelve year old boy from Ethiopia through Compassion International. He is such a blessing. I clean one house every week for three hours to pay for his sponsorship and it is so wonderful to see what a difference 30-some dollars each month can make for someone. I pray that you and Tim have an awesome trip and that you're able to meet Moses! It's definitely a dream of mine as well! God bless!!

Carrie

Anonymous said...

i love your 'letter' to Moses!
the construction, the material - how original and unique--just like you, Emma! truly creative you are. you need to have an 'etsy' shop of some kind...:) Moses is indeed a fortunate child to have you and tim as his sponsors! may you 'open his door' a little wider to God's love and grace...you would find inspiration going to www.aholyexperience.com and search for 'Compassion Trips'...

Taylor said...

I visited Uganda with a friend during during my Christmas break of 2010.. We visited missionaries from our church and it was a life changing experience! What a memorable experience you guys are going to have..

Haley said...
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Haley said...

Emma,

I got to meet my sponsored child twice when I went on missions trips to Rwanda in high school. A translator and I drove our to her hut in the boonies and spent some of the afternoon with Alphonsine and her older brother who takes care of her. It is a SURREAL experience (and one i felt SO HONORED to have) to meet your sponsored child.

I am so excited for you and Tim! I will be praying this happens for you.

love one of your many readers,

Haley Bargery

Diana said...

This is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing and reminding me of how much I truly have.

Maria F said...

You two are so sweet! I loved the card you made for the kid you're sponsoring. :) So cute.

Erica {let why lead} said...

I couldn't agree more. It's the perspective change that is essential. I wen to Zambia a few summers ago and what I saw and learned there will never leave my heart. We have been meaning to sign up for a sponsorship, so thank you for the reminder!

Donny said...

Last June I was fortunate to go to Tanzania (via Entebbe, Uganda) and it was wonderful. The book Kisses from Katie is great and gives an honest look at the lives of most in the East Africa region.

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