Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Embroidery floss= HOPE?

Many of you have asked what else I "need" to take on my trip to Africa. Well, this is sort of last minute, but the opportunity has just come our way and we are JUMPING ON IT! While coordinating the details of our trip, one of our leaders got a suggestion from Pastor Andrew who works with the Karamajong's in Uganda. The are LITERALLY the "least of these"...the poorest of the poor. The last Visiting Orphans team was heartbroken as some of the Karamajong arrived at Katie Davis' ministry- they were just tiny, malnourished and greeted you with such Honor. They were not able to actually go into the village and minister to these people....but our team WILL!

(Karamajong women making the paper bead necklaces)

Pu-lease take a moment to go and read the blog post here that Katie Davis of Amazima wrote about these people. They make the beautiful paper bead necklaces that we all LOVE, but as she says, it only scratches the surface of the need in this area.

So, somehow the idea came about to teach the women there to make friendship bracelets to sell in the US and create a sustainable income so that they can feed their families and have money to send their children to school. This money will literally prevent starvation as well as keep young girls from prostituting themselves for food. Here are a few words from Pastor Andrew:

Again glory to God for that yet anticipated and wonderful ministry due on 1st July in Kikaramoja. I have no problem with having the whole day ministry. In fact it will give us more time to do many things.

Ministry ideas during the day: I am thinking of including a few home visits to pray with these families, bringing together widows in different groups to speak to them with the word of God, playing and sharing with the children, children will also be ministering to the visiting team with music, etc.
Is there any other item that you want me to include?

As you may have seen that place, these are mostly widows, single mothers, grandparents, some of whom have lost their partners to HIV. Their income is real miserable and almost there is no hope for a breakthrough future. Some of their children (girls) have turned to prostitution due to lack of school fees.

One of our strategic plan is
-Sharing the love of Jesus and his power to change their lives, -Contributing the their school fees and scholastic materials, -Contributing to their medical assistance, -Income generating activities for the women, -Sensitization programmes to the entire community.

I will be telling you more for the mid term and long term plans and the entire vision.

Kind regards in Jesus' name.
Pastor Andrew.

(Katie and her girls ministering to some of the ladies in the slums)

So, this is clearly a great opportunity. Rather than go in to this village and love on these people and tell them about Jesus....then leave them to continue to suffer with no hope.....we have been given the GREAT priveledge to provide these people with HOPE.

If you feel led to give financially to this people group, please contact me at jennymo@jennymo.com or simply make a check out to Visiting Orphans and get it to me. But do it soon because I leave NEXT SATURDAY the 25th of June!

Also, if you happen to have any embroidery floss lying around your house that you don't use, or would like to pick some up in the next few days please do so! If you are a Crossbridge person, you can bring it to church on Sunday and I will get my mom to collect it. I would LOVE to have to stuff my pockets and every nook and cranny of my bags with enough embroidery floss to keep these women and girls busy until the next team comes with more supplies! Will you help?!?! What an amazing way to have a direct impact on the least of these!



Dear friends, do you think you'll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, "Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!" and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn't it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
James 2:14-17
The Message

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