In a couple of months, I will be traveling to Uganda on my first overseas mission trip. My trip will be in support of a non-profit organization called Hands4Uganda.
The Mission of Hands4Uganda:
To make a positive difference in the lives of the children and youth of Uganda, primarily through a faith-based education, and to assist them in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults, by providing compassion, love, economic, and spiritual support.
Rock of Ages School
One primary way Hands4Uganda influences children and youth through faith-based education is by supporting Rock of Ages School. Betty Wasswa, founder of and teacher at Rock of Ages, opened the school in the village of Mbiko, Uganda a small suburb of Jinja. Sadly, Jinja is known for drugs, prostitution, and high levels of AIDS infections. Over 1.2 million Ugandan children have been orphaned by the country's devastating AIDS epidemic; Jinja has contributed to the count.
Betty wanted to open the school to physically, emotionally, and spiritually help children without parents, children whose mothers are prostitutes, and children from families that have been overcome by other tragedies. In Rock of Ages School, children are taught the word of God and are given the opportunity to become responsible, fulfilled, Christian adults.
Rock of Ages currently has approximately 150 children from kindergarten thru second grade. Unfortunately, education is not free in Uganda and families must pay fees for uniforms, books, and other supplies. The average monthly income in Mbiko, for those who are fortunate enough to have a job, is only three dollars per month. Needless to say, this makes it very difficult for families to send their children to school.
Hands4Uganda has specific goals in place to support the Rock of Ages School: To obtain sponsorship of all the children enrolled at Rock of Ages, to add classrooms to the current Rock of Ages building to enable more children to attend, to build an entirely new school for Rock of Ages that meets government requirements and regulations that will also host preschool through eight grade.
While in Uganda, I will be assisting Rock of Ages School by providing supplies, teaching classes, documenting stories (in writing and photography), and helping in any other way I can.
How You Can Help:
I've had several friends and family members ask how they can support those in need in Uganda; I'd like to encourage them and you to consider sponsoring a child to go to school. Each tax-deductible contribution of just $20 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based child sponsorship program that provides: food & clean water, educational opportunities, important life-skills training, and, most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.
Click here for more information on sponsoring a child.
For more up-to-date information, visit them on Facebook.
As I continue to pray for my trip, for those I'm traveling with, for those I will be meet in Uganda, I feel God carving out a big place in my heart for all of them! I know my life will be changed on this trip and I will come back seeing the world through different eyes.
"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples." Psalm 96:3