Yes Please!

20 07 2010

Hello All! It’s the long awaited Uganda post!  image I spent two weeks in this BEAUTIFUL country. I stayed in an orphanage with around 70 kids and two “House-Mother’s.” There are kids anywhere from 2 months to 17 years (and older!!). I lived with them, got water with them, dug for the retaining wall, handed out mosquito nets, fed them, etc. etc. This mission’s trip involved a lot of hard work, but more importantly, the goal was not to WORK, but instead to build relationships! I absolutely fell in love with these children. They have pretty much next to NOTHING, yet they act as if they have EVERYTHING. They have such a joy, such innocence. I cannot even began to describe how they worship the Lord. It’s like nothing I’ve ever, EVER seen. It puts American church to SHAME.

I can honestly say that I am truly changed. The perspective on life that I once had is SO altered.

I know everyone has seen the commercials about orphans in Africa, help feed them, etc…But to be UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL to such need, such utter poverty, it is SO tough. I just wanted to FIX it, but I know that I, myself, cannot save all 2 million of Uganda’s orphans. But that doesn’t mean I will ever stop trying. Even if I only change ONE kids life, isn’t that worth it? I think so.

I have felt very numb, almost depressed since I have gotten home. I am constantly thinking “7 hours ahead” (that’s the time difference). Like, right now (10:30 here, 5:30 A.M. there) they are worshipping and getting water. The babies are crying, and the children are singing.

I feel guilty knowing I am HERE and they are still THERE, with no mom, no dad, and very little HOPE. I know that through GUILT—>MOTIVATION to change something.

My mission for the next time I go back is to go back armed with supplies for the nurseries (babies & toddler’s rooms). They don’t have toys, enough diapers, enough cribs, adequate clothes…and a bunch of other things. I’d LOVE to paint the nurseries and make them a place where the babies and house mom’s can rest and enjoy!

Anyways…enough TALK. I could go ON & ON…if y’all have any specific questions let me know via email: jess.havefaith4ever@gmail.com

PICTURES!

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This boy is MINE.

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I love you ALL. Back with a food post in the near future!

❤ jess

xoxo

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12 responses

20 07 2010
crazylittlethingneela

jess, i can not even say with words how amazed i am by your kindness. going to uganda to help these poor children is such a wonderful and caring thing to do. i have always dreamed about going to africa one day to help the people there but since now i have never found the courage and strength to do so.
i hope that once i am fit enough to go i will have an adventure that comes close to the wonderful things that you have experienced
xoxo

20 07 2010
julia

What a beautiful things you have done. You’re so young and yet so inspiring for many people. Thank you for sharing this!

xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

20 07 2010
Amanda @ HopeHasAPlace

Oh, this is spectacular! I love it! Thank you for sharing your amazing experiences with us. xoxo

20 07 2010
april

What beautiful pictures! Thanks so much for sharing- those children are just precious!

21 07 2010
Sarah

Wow, sounds like such an amazing trip. I’m sure you made a difference in these children’s lives just by being you. Glad you’re home safe and sound!

22 07 2010
Katie

What an amazing post and how beautiful the pics are, it really makes you realize how lucky and how grateful you are when you go experience something like that, and how other people live, it is very sad, I wish one day I would be rich and I would go to a poor country like that and do whatever I could to help, you are a true gem girl, so kind and beautiful! love u! xoxo

22 07 2010
Kris | iheartwellness.com

What gorgeous pictures! Your kindness is helping so many people, doll. This is truly amazing and I think you are a beautiful person!

xxoo

22 07 2010
lemontreesandsillythings

Oh my!! Everything is so beautiful!! Wow!!!! I am so happy that you got to go and experience that!! I hope to go one day as well!!!

❤ Kaity

22 07 2010
Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)

Wow, what a life changing experience! How wonderful that you got to go and make a difference! Good for you! Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

26 07 2010
Lele

Oh my God, Jess, what a life changing experience that must have been! And what amazing pictures you got. I hope you do more posts about the things you did there (because I’m sure, despite the guilt you feel, that you brought the awesome can-do personality we see in your blog and did some awesome things).

21 08 2010
adifey

Holy crap girl, I am so jealous. How did you get this opportunity?

24 10 2010
Tara Savage

You are such a beautiful person, and I’m emailing you!! ❤

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