Uganda be kidding me...I'm going to AFRICA!!
Organized by: Rebecca Fogarty
First off thank you for clinking on this link. You rock so incredibly much for that. I am elated, over the moon excited, to share with you the hard work the Lord has been doing this past year in my heart and in my life. Through all the fear and anxiety, the scheduling conflicts and plans falling through, He has remained steadfast in His decision to take me on a journey to Uganda. This beautiful ripple in my story started a year ago at SharpTop Cove, a Young Life camp in Jasper, Georgia. I had the pleasure of serving as the camp's summer P.M. Kitchen Intern. Oh, but little did I know that Caroline Flippin, the summer Nurse Intern, who happened to also be my bunkmate, would become one of my best friend, and invite me on a trip that I have no doubt will change my life.
Caroline told me at camp that she was preparing to move to Uganda in August of 2015 to work with Sixty Feet, a ministry that desires to “bringing hope and restoration to the imprisoned children of Africa, in Jesus’ name.” They offer immediate care consisting of medical care, mentoring, food, water, and shelter. For long-term restoration they strive to offer justice, counseling, education, and spiritual guidance through the sharing of the Gospel. Caroline is doing just that by leading, loving, and serving the citizens of Uganda through her love for Jesus Christ and with her medical training. Sitting on the floor of our little room at camp, I could not help but admire everything about the woman standing in front of me for the way she said "Yes" to the Lord's plan for her. We had the crazy idea that I should fly over the next summer (now this summer of 2016) and server alongside her.
Yes, flying by myself across the world to a country I have never been to before is crazy, but if there is anything that I have learned from what I have walked through in these short 21 years is that I refuse to keep myself in a box. I refuse to let the anxiety that has crippled me for the past six years keep me from taking this risk and trusting the Lord. On my foot I have a tattoo that reads "on Christ the solid rock I stand." I got it when I was 18 years old when I truly became a Christian, and that is where I plan to stay. He is the cornerstone. I refuse to let fear keep me from living.
So I am going! On July 3, I am flying to Uganda to serve with Caroline. It is actually happening!! I will have the privilege of going to the different facilities with Caroline and loving on the kids that are there. M3 is the government orphanage for children under 12 and children with disabilities. Here I will play games, sing, dance, and love on these young kids. At the national prison, known as M1, I will get to worship with the children there and do bible study with the girls. These children are so worthy of hearing the Gospel, innocent or guilty they are children of the most high King. Heck Paul wrote half of the Bible while in prison. When God wants His Spirit to move, it moves. And finally I will get the opportunity to help Caroline in the clinic, tending to wounds and assisting her in any way possible.
I know I am asking a lot of you all. I have no idea what your finances look like, but I would be forever grateful if you would consider supporting me on my journey to Uganda. If you are not in a position to donate I completely understand, but I ask that you include the children of Uganda, the Sixty Feet team, Caroline and myself in our prayers. And man oh man a lifetime of thank you's goes out to my parents who have supported me in this dream for the past year both financially and prayerfully.
I want His will to be done so badly in my life and in the lives of His people.
"But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord's praises, for He has been good to me."
-Psalm 13: 5-6
Thank you for helping me be the hands and feet of Christ!