“This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord.” -2 Kings 3:18
I am just returning from a wonderful time and trip again to Uganda. It was here in Uganda that the mission organization I lead (ServeNow) began with its first project, a new toilet facility at one of the school locations! It was humble beginnings, and yet, just six years later, we never could have imagined all God would allow us the privilege of being a part of.
My first trip with ServeNow after I agreed to this role, was also here in Uganda. Our Founder and I stood on a pile of dirt where a classroom had collapsed because of a storm. There was talk of closing this entire school center as all the classrooms were in such bad shape. However, our partner here decided to trust God and not close it. Then, as we stood there, our Founder, sensed God saying, “Do something about this” and so we went back to our hotel room and had a little competition to see who could raise more money to help rebuild that school! Six years later, we have restored six entire school buildings, are working on a 7th, and the number of children has increased from 200 to 1,000 just at this school location. It has become a testimony throughout the country of a dramatic reversal and God answering prayer!But during this trip, God began to challenge my heart not to settle for what He has done, but rather to use what he has done to compel greater confidence and faith for the future. This year my faith was encouraged by the largest single gift we have ever received as an organization. But now I am believing for ten times that amount just for Uganda alone. Interestingly, I found out on this trip that that was the very same number our leader here told me he is asking for! Additionally, it is also what would be needed to make all the main dreams a reality that we had discussed and put on paper about three years ago.
One of those dreams that most resonated with our hearts on this specific trip is the dream of one of our partners adopted daughters. She wants to run a trade school for widows and young girls who either can’t go on to college or want to work with their hands. This young woman is just graduating with a degree in fashion, has already started her own business, and is very capable and gifted. Additionally, she wants to use her talents to help others. Along with her, and her sister who is working on her art/teaching degree, we stood on the land where that trade school could be built and believed God for the finances that would be needed for this dream.
“I love the Lord, for he has heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” -Psalm 116:1-2