Back in October, I had the privilege of going through a Leadership Forum through my church, Grace Point, here in San Antonio. During that time, I began to establish what it is that I felt God has wired me to do. My purpose. What I exist to do. Through tons of introspection and evaluation of my life, I determined that I exist to show love and bring hope to boys that need guidance and direction. I realized that that had been the undercurrent, the driving force, behind everything I chose to do and to be involved in throughout my life. That’s what energizes me, and that’s what I know I can do to bring glory to God’s name. So, if that’s what I exist to do, then I realized that I must intentionally seek out opportunities both in my community and abroad to accomplish that.
Fast forward to about a month ago, and an opportunity to do just that falls in my lap. My friend JT Dick contacted me about this trip to Uganda that he would be leading in June. During the trip, he and the rest of the team will be partnering with a missionary friend of his to love and disciple orphaned street boys of Kampala, Uganda. This missionary felt called to build a rescue home for these boys five years ago, and now the ministry is building their third home. These boys have been orphaned due to civil wars, AIDS, neglect, etc. and they are left to fend for themselves and are often left without hope. This ministry seeks to restore that hope and to show these boys that they are loved. The team will actually be staying in the orphanage with the boys. As if this wasn’t enough for God to get my attention, JT also told me that this ministry is seeking teachers to serve their community by working within their school system for a few weeks over the summer. As many of you know, I started teaching this past January. My heart is pounding and my eyes are on the verge of welling up just thinking about it all.
I fought the idea of going for almost a month. I almost let my fear of uncertainty get the best of me. To say that I’m not scared or that I’m sure everything will work out how it should work out would be far from the truth. Truth is, I’m terrified. Not terrified of going to Uganda at all. I’m stoked about that part. But I’m terrified of what I don’t know. I don’t know how I’m going to raise $4,100 in two months. I don’t know how I’m going to pay for grad school since I’m not going to be working summer school to make enough money to do that. I don’t know how I’m going to have the time, energy, mental capacity, etc. to focus on raising funds and tying all the logistical loose ends together before heading out in June, all while I’m already being stretched pretty thin in work, church, and life in general. I don’t know how I’m going to pay for all the shots that I need to get before going to Uganda, since I don’t have health insurance.
But if there’s one thing that I do know, and one thing that the Lord has taught me, both through personal experience and through Scripture, it’s that He is faithful. That’s one thing of which I can be sure. I’ve also learned that the most important things are often the scariest things to do. And I also know that if I knew all the ins and outs of every detail of my life and of this trip, then I would have no need to trust God. So here’s to trusting God and embarking on this adventure with Him leading the way. I would love for all of you to have a part in this journey with me to help restore hope for these street boys of Kampala, Uganda. I ask that you pray over this trip and over the team as we make the necessary preparations. And as you may have already assumed, considering the distance and length of the trip, there is a definite financial need. Below are the details:
Money Due: End of May
Dates of Trip: June 10-July 16
I ask that you prayerfully consider donating to this trip. No amount is too small. If you wish to donate $5, great! If you wish to donate $500, great! Everything is greatly appreciated!
You can donate either by following this link or by mailing a check to:
1129 E Loren St
Springfield, MO 65807
IMPORTANT: Make the check out to Ichthus Ministries, but address the envelope you mail it in to the address listed. My name shouldn’t appear on the check at all. As long as you address the envelope to me, it will go toward my fundraising goal.
Thank you all in advance!