Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Kisses From Katie - Amazima Ministries (click here)

Today's blog has been a favorite of mine for several months.  This is the incredible story of an incredible girl.  Katie felt like she needed to go on a mission trip when she was 16 years old.  She looked online and found an orphanage in Uganda to visit over her spring break.  Her parents thought she was crazy, but consented to let her go.  While there, the orphanage asked her to come back after graduation to teach kindergarten for one year.  She went home, but left her heart in Uganda.  She went back to teach for a year...and ended up staying.  She has now adopted 12 girls!! in Uganda and is working to help a very poor region learn to support itself.  Katie is not even 25 years old and is one of the people I am most excited to meet on my trip.

Warning...even I cry when I read her beautiful posts.  She challenges me every time I read.


Simply Love Shirts - only 8 left!!

If you want a Simply Love t-shirt, here is your last chance!!  I am sold out of Small and Medium.  I only have three Large and five XL left.  These would make great Father's Day gifts! 

The shirts are unisex slim fit and are super soft.  They are $25 each, and I will pay for the shipping!  Proceeds go to my July trip to Ethiopia (the birthplace of three of my kids) and Uganda.

Thanks and God Bless!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

61 days until Africa!! (Click here for Korah link)

I got my itinerary for my Africa trip today!  I am so excited about this...and my heart is also breaking as I read the stories of the places and people we will visit.  I am planning to provide you one link per day over the next week to show some of the places I will be serving.

The first is called Korah.  This is a dump that was originally a leper colony.  Now, I have a vision what a dump looks like (I had several "adventures" at the dump with my dad as a child. When he was working construction, he would unload his trash while I looked for treasures).  This dump in Ethiopia is much different than my experience.  They estimate 120,000 people live in this dump, fighting each other for rotten food each day.  120,000 people!!! That blows my mind.  Many of these are orphans.  The ministry we will be helping offers lunch, a Sunday school lesson and a craft to many of these children.  They are also trying to raise money for beds so the children will not have to sleep on trash.  Wow.  I can't even imagine what it will be like to be there.

Take a look at this link and pray today for this ministry.  Pray that all they need will be provided.  I also ask that you pray for our team...that our one day of ministry will really make an impact for the Kingdom of God.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Drum Roll Please...

And.....I have raised all the money I need to get to Africa!!! Woo Hoo!

Thanks to all of you who donated!!  But, don't stop now!  If you wanted to buy a shirt and just haven't had a chance yet, I still have several left and all the money donated now goes directly to the orphanages I will visit (I will either buy supplies here and bring them with me or find out what they need when I get there).  

Thank you all again for your donations!  I can't wait to see what God will teach me when I arrive.  I am praying that we will really impact these kids for a lifetime, not just for a day...because I know my life will be changed by meeting them!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Simply Love Shirts are in!!

Well, it took a little longer than I had hoped, but the Simply Love shirts have arrived.  If you ordered one, they will ship out first thing in the morning (packaged them this afternoon and made it to the post office at 4:05...5 minutes too late).

I do have some extras if you have not yet ordered one.  I only have one Large left, but have plenty of XL, Med, and Small.  They are $25 each, you can send me a check or pay with the Chip-In button on my blog.

Keep praying for my team and the kids we will be serving.  Pray specifically for health for the team, safe travel and financial success in our fundraising.

Love you all!!