Just this week I got a request from a missionary for mama kits. This is a critical need and one that I need your help to meet. Many of you have heard that there is a civil war going on in South Sudan. You may not realize that this war has forced thousands of Sudanese people to flee their homes. They are now living in refugee camps (or IDP camps) in Northern Uganda. This missionary, Curt Iles, and his team work with these people and they are trying to help them through this difficult time.
|Refugee camp in N. Uganda|
Side note... We supply the kits to the seminary. The seminary's nurse gives a kit to each student who is having a baby during the next term. She teaches them how to use the kits and asks them about prenatal care and such. The students then bring her back reports about the babies during their next term. They also include precious thank you notes written to Mercy for Mamas. It's been a great partnership. I got to meet many of the pastors who have benefited from the kits during my recent trip to Uganda. What a blessing.
|Meeting one of the students who used our kit last year.|
|Chapel service at the seminary. There are students from all over East Africa|
Curt estimates that there are at least 500 pregnant women near term just in one camp alone. My friends, the need is great. For more insight into what life is like for these precious people read Curt's post here and check out his other stories.
I cannot imagine fleeing from my home with no plan, no job, no resources... let alone doing so while in my third trimester.
|Collecting water at one of the camps|
|Outreach last year at the church in Muyenga|
The global issue of poverty is beyond me. I cannot fathom how to solve these deep seeded issues. I don't know the best way to handle refugees or how to make sure children don't go to bed hungry. It is overwhelming when I consider all of the people and serious needs that I have seen during my time in Uganda. I do not have the skill set to take over their medical care or to give great economic advice, but I can do something and so can you.
I'm really not trying to sound like an infomercial here, but for just $7 you can show mercy to a precious woman. Your simple gift will make a difference. All money goes directly toward the purchase and distribution of the mama kits. If you'd like to give you can use the "Donate" button below or it is on the upper right side of this page. You can also give through our partner non-profit, The Hope Venture. Or you can send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can tell you where you can mail a check.
I think the woman under the mango tree who has had her life turned upside down by war and strife deserves to have clean supplies for her birth. Don't you?
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