Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Note of Thanks

I recently received this note of thanks from a pastor in Kenya.  He received a mama kit for his wife from the nurses at Uganda Baptist Seminary in Jinja. 
"I thank God for UBS (Uganda Baptist Seminary). Through UBS God has blessed me so much in different areas.  I love children's ministry very much. 
My special thanks goes to our nurse Sis Evelyn for a birth kit last term. It helped me very much that I don't know how to express it.  God blessed us with a baby girl called Faith Ushindi/Ever on 7th May, 2013.  The nurses enjoyed the work and they were touched with the kit as if it was the first time to see such a kit. 
  May God bless you,
  Glory to God,

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sneak Peak...

I apologize for not posting more updates or stories from our recent trip to Uganda.  I promise they are coming.  I got home from Uganda and then turned around and left again for a few days.  So, I'm trying to get life back on track this week in the midst of the summer craziness. 

I did want to give you a sneak peak at some of the photos from the trip.  These are from our Mercy for Mamas Facebook page.  If you haven't "liked" the page yet, make sure to do that so you can stay up to date that way too.

A few stats from the latest trip... we visited four crisis pregnancy centers, two orphanages, one medical clinic, and hosted two dinners for missionary women and four community outreach events.  We ministered to approximately 2000 women and we passed out more than 1500 mama kits. We even were featured on Ugandan TV (or so I am told, I didn't see it).  We prayed with many, many women, we did some basic medical checkups on those most in need, we loved on lots of babies and children, and partnered with missionaries and ministries doing the hard work in Uganda each and every day.  We shared information on prenatal care, breastfeeding, nutrition, and even massage.

And good news... I ordered 1,000 more mama kits last week and they should be delivered later this week.  We ran out of kits during several of our events.  We were not prepared for SO many pregnant women to attend.  It was a great problem to have and I am excited that we can now get the rest of the needed mama kits in their hands.

I'm already getting stories from the frontlines of the mama kits in action.  I can't wait to share these stories and many of the other stories from the trip.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

That's a Wrap...

Our last day of ministry here is complete.  In 8 days we passed out 1500 mama kits to women all over Uganda.  We have waiting lists at several places for more kits.  Thank God and thanks to all of you, I have enough money to buy more kits as soon as they become available.  So please pray for the company that makes they to get more in stock very soon!

Tomorrow we'll do some shopping and packing before heading home in the evening.  Pray for us to have smooth flights and safe travels.

It's been a great trip of meeting old friends and forming new relationships and partnerships.  I have many stories to tell, but right now I'm sure my roommates are sick of hearing the clickety-clack of my typing and I probably should get some rest.

Please know that although you are not all with us on the trip, I always tell the women about the wonderful donors back home in the US who love them and pray for them.  Many of them seem surprised that people on the other side of the world care so much about them.  They are truly grateful for God's provision and your support.


Sunday, June 9, 2013

On the move...

Wow, it's been a busy three days.  Friday we got to take a fairly quick tour of The Suubi Project.  They run an orphanage, school, church and medical clinic in a village outside Kampala.  It's neat to see all of the progress that's happened there since my last visit two years ago.  We got to visit the children in the classes and see some songs with them.  They also have a small clinic for the school and then people from the village come by it as well.  We were able to load them up with some medical supplies and also mama kits.  I know women in this area will definitely be blessed by these kits.

After that we went to so SOS ministries (Sufficiency of Scripture).  This was my first time to visit this ministry, so I did not know what to expect, but I was so blessed by them and the work they do. We held an outreach clinic for women in the area and surrounding villages.  About 200 women attended, with some of them walking very far to get there.

The sound system at the church was not working and so it became difficult to hear.  The great people on my team quickly jumped up and took most of the children outside, so that the mamas could better concentrate.  It was such a blessing that my team could babysit and give these mamas an opportunity to learn.  And the team loved getting to play with the little ones.

The women listened very attentively to the prenatal education seminar.  They asked lots of great questions.  We also shared the gospel with them and we were able to pray over all of them.  Afterwards we presented mama kits to all of the pregnant women and invited them to get a prenatal check from our nurses. 

Friday evening we stayed in the home of the SOS missionaries.  They were such wonderful hosts!  We had a great time visiting with them, learning about their work, and encouraging them and praying for them.

Saturday, we talked through the village surrounding SOS and learned more about all that they do. I was very impressed with this ministry and the way they operate. 

Then we made the long trek to Jinja battling two different construction zones.  But the long ride was worth it when we got to enjoy a lovely dinner overlooking the Nile River.  We are truly suffering for the Lord. ha!!

Today (Sunday) we attended church with the children from Redeemer House Orphanage, then we treated the kids to lunch back at their place.  We had sodas and rolex (a chapatti rolled up with eggs, cabbage, and tomato).  Yum!  We played with the kids and had a nice visit with some of my favorite kiddos in Uganda.

This afternoon we went for a quick boat tour of the Source of the Nile River.  Then we rushed back to get ready for our Missionary Encouragement Dinner.  I think the dinner was a huge success.  I love getting to visit with the women and hear about all of the amazing work they are doing.  I know the night was a big blessing to me and many of the women commented on how much they needed and appreciated the night.  I also made some great future contacts to use mama kits.  I'm excited to see where God takes us in the next year.

Thanks again for your continued love and support!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Trip Update

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support.  We are having a great trip so far.  Our travel here was not like we planned.  We had lots of delays and we ended up arriving in three shifts, but everyone kept a good attitude and stayed flexible, so it all worked out. 

Wednesday we visited three crisis pregnancy center.  We did some prenatal education with them.  We also did a session on diet and nutrition.  We had devotional time with them, and we got to pray with each girl.  We also had some great question and answer time with some of the women on single parenting, delivery, diet, and lots of other interesting things.

Thursday we visited a village about an hour outside of the capital.  We were told to expect about 100 women.  I knew to overestimate, so we brought about 150 mama kits.  We had more than 200 women show up.  It always amazes me, how many pregnant women can live in one small area.  These women were all different ages and faiths, but we joined together for a great time of teaching.  I can't wait for you to see the pictures of how many pregnant women we had crammed in this tiny church building.  Again, they seemed to really appreciate the teaching and learn from it.  One of my favorite times was when Jenny our massage therapist taught us all a new technique to help with digestion.  We had all of them up and practicing it.  It was so fun to watch.

After the teaching time with them we passed out mama kits, and of course we ran out of them.  We were able to write down all of their names and we promised to send someone with the rest of the kits on Monday.  We ate lunch with the women and then a couple of the medical people with us on the trip, did some basic exams and checks on those most in need.  Thankfully everyone seemed in pretty good shape, just dehydrated.  We used the dopplers on them and it thrilled my heart each time we heard that precious little heart beat.  We set up our makeshift "clinic" on our bus.  Not ideal, but it worked.

Last night we hosted our first missionary encouragement dinner.  We had about 60 ladies show up.  They were from all over the area and so many different ministries.  We ate a wonderful meal, had a time of worship, I share about Mercy for Mamas, and then we broke off into groups to share and pray with one another.  The women all seemed to have such a great time and repeatedly told me how much nights like these are needed.  I even had one of the missionaries mother's (that I know) send me a message last night in tears and thanking me for ministering to her daughter.  So sweet!

Today (Friday) we are off to visit two villages to do more outreach clinics.  Pray for God to give us the right words to say and for God to use us to minister to these women in a special way today.

I promise to try to upload some pictures today or tomorrow. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

It's Time...

In just a few hours the 2013 Mercy for Mamas team will begin the long trip to Uganda.  I can't wait to get my feet back on Ugandan soil.  I long to hear Ugandan voices, see their beautiful smiles, hug my dear friends, and eat some yummy food.  I'm anxious for us to get to work and I'm curious just what exactly God is going to do through this team.
Our needs have been provided for every step of the way.  I once again must offer a huge word of thanks to everyone who has given to the cause.  Each goody bag item you bought, mama kit your purchased, and donation you provided makes a difference.
Although you may not be traveling with us, you are a part of this work.  I encourage you to follow along with our trip and to pray for us along the way. I'll be posting on here as much as time allows.  But your best bet may be to follow us on Facebook, so if you have not "liked" our page yet, please do so.  The link is here It is often much easier for me to post a snippet here or there on Facebook than to write out a blog.
Pray for smooth travels, for us to stay healthy, and most importantly that we'll be obedient along the way with whatever situations and conversations come our way.  Pray for us to show Jesus to all that we meet and for His love to come through in each mama kit we pass out and with every smile and hug that we share.  Pray for us to be an encouragement to other believers and to bring refreshment to those serving full-time in Uganda.
I can't wait to share with you the many stories we will make once we return. Now, it is TIME TO GO!