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Friday, February 24, 2012

So Much More


So Much More:



Day 1 in Uganda and already many have discovered that there is so much more….  So much more than words can express.  So much more emotion than one can possibly process in a day.  So much more need, poverty & hunger, than you can imagine.  So much more we can do!

We began our day at the babies home and finished the day there as well.  I will share those stories another day.
  
The majority of our day was spent at the Front Lines feeding program that IVO sponsors in partnership with API.  Children lined up to be fed who are part of the program, which has grown recently from the normal 50 to up to 70 children.  The plate consisted of rice, beans and a large piece of fresh pineapple.   To each child fed -a meal worth so much more than it costs! 

They waited with anticipation for their plate and then ran to sit down to gulp down their plates as quickly as possible.
      
 We could literally read the pain in their young eyes.  Many sleepless nights in the streets and many days of hunger have written their history in the eyes of these children.   It is hard to look at these kids and not be broken.  

I understand that when I say goodnight, they go to the streets, I go back to the Guest House.  Unfair!  Unjust!

They then wait for the next meal - two days from now.....I go home and eat.... unfair, unjust!!  Tears fill my eyes now as I write this knowing WE must do more.

Currently there is only enough resources to feed the 70 children 3 meals a week.   

Feeding is not the only things provide, there is so much more.  

On Monday’s they teach these children, who are unableto go to school how to read and write English.  Weds. they train them in crafts that they might be able to use someday to start micro businesses.  On Fridays’ they have more of a gymn class playing an organized football {soccer} and sing and dance and dance.... I lost a dance competition to one of the young boys!  {I guess there goes my 8th grade recognition as "Best Dancer"!}

Each day they are taught about the love of God.  Today I followed Pastor Greg's {Pastor Greg and his son are part of the team} teaching and about 12 children received Christ!  Yes, they receive so much more than food. 

The Uncles, those who in charge of the program, truly love these kids.  For a few hours…. three times a week… these kids are safe.  They sometimes fall asleep on the dirt floor of building in which they gather.  But there is so much more….



Today one of our team members, Amy, was able to use her nursing skills to bandage wound after wound.   She was using her gifts and talents to the max!  The smile on her face told everyone how thrilled she was to use her gift.   The staff of API does this each time they meet, and you who are part of  “Front Lines” giving are part of their story. Thank you and God bless you!

 But there is so much more….

Your gifts to "Front Line", also pays for hospitalization for these boys when they need it.  There is no family to care for them but "A Perfect Injustice", uses your gifts to hospitalize when needed.  These young boys have never had anyone care for them with such love.  

 And yet, there is so much more….

As International Voice of the Orphan takes over the costs of the feeding program by raising support and sponsors, API begins to take some of these boys off the streets permanently and take them into group homes to be loved, cared for and educated. To be part of a family!  Can you imagine?   They know they have been chosen!  That someone wants them.... that they now have a family!

Notice the cross on my back!


So much more….   

There is so much more we can do if we have more sponsors and more support. Maybe you’d like to partner with us!   Simply click on the "Donate" button and support Front Lines…. 

Yes, there is so much more!!!  

Let's Roll!

Lovin what I am called to do.... Loving  Kids!
  
Dwight from Kampala, Uganda
February 2012 GO Team

29 comments:

  1. Absolutely wonderful post and heartbreaking reminder of how much there is to do for God's children. Keeping you wrapped in prayer!!!

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  2. Shelley in OklahomaFebruary 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    De-lurking here...my Pastor, Greg, and his awesome son, Louis, are with you. I'm drinking in EVERY word and EVERY picture you send. Prayers avail much and I'm praying for your team and the people you meet...Every. Single. One. ... Old. Young. Sick. Healthy. I pray that through your team, they will be touched because of the One who loves...every single one of us. So grateful.

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  3. God Bless You D.W.! Your post made me cry! I have an boy I have adopted in prayer at A.P.J.I am praying about coming to Uganda next Feb. Lord willing. Praying Them Home. Janet

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  4. God Bless You D.W.! Your post made me cry! I have an boy I have adopted in prayer at A.P.J.I am praying about coming to Uganda next Feb. Lord willing. Praying Them Home. Janet

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  5. Thank you for opening our eyes to the needs and to the work you are doing. Praying for all of you and for the Lord to bless your ministry and to multiply the donations.

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  6. I can't find the "donate" button!! Please help!

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    1. Sherrie,

      On top of page, right hand side there is a donate link and on that page there is a Click here to donate.
      Blessings

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  7. I'm lovin what you are doing too!
    AWESOME!!

    GO GOD!!

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  8. Tremendous ministry taking place! I'm sharing the link on FB so that other friends will find IVO.

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  9. Thank you so much for the post!!! Praying for the whole team. So excited to see the picture of Amy. Yes, I know, that girl just keeps smiling!!
    Amy's Mom and DAd

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  10. Awesome God! I am praying for u & Linny as u serve in Uganda (knee team). I awoke briefly last night and began praying for you. LOVE the cross on your back b/c part of my prayer was for "Jesus to be your rear guard." He is your lamp at your right hand, He will not let you slip, the sun will not harm you by day nor the moon by night. NO weapon formed against you shall prosper.
    In His Grace, Maureen

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  11. Am I missing something? I can't find a DONATE button...

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  12. Here is the link to the IVO website where you can donate http://www.internationalvoiceoftheorphan.com/

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  13. Wonderful post! The Lord bless you and your team. Will continue praying for you and others.

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  14. Wonderful post! The Lord bless you and your team. Will continue praying for you and others.

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  15. Love your heart...love how God is using you.

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  16. Three days a week. Why do we just waste money when we could be feeding a child?

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  17. Wonderful post to see all that is happening there. Hugs

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  18. Lord God, Help us to help them. In Jesus Name

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  19. I just became a follower of this blog today & I took time to read all the posts. I loved this post, the stories, the work the team is doing, the pictures. I am confident that God will use each member of this team to accomplish all He desires there. I look forward to following along on your journey there and I will be praying for you, Emma and the rest of the team.

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  20. I love the cross on DW's back! Is that a God thing or what?!?!

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  21. It is so awesome to see what the GO team is doing and I pray that there will be an abundance of support so that these children can eat 7 days a week and know that they are loved! The cross on Dw's back is an amazing reminder that God is there with the team and He cares for the orphan more than anyone!

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  22. In the background playing form my blog is God of this City as I read your post. So fitting...I think you need to add it to this blog.


    You're the God of this City
    You're the King of these people
    You're the Lord of this nation
    You are

    You're the Light in this darkness
    You're the Hope to the hopeless
    You're the Peace to the restless
    You are

    There is no one like our God
    There is no one like our God

    For greater things have yet to come
    And greater things are still to be done in this City
    Greater thing have yet to come
    And greater things are still to be done in this City

    There is no one like our God
    There is no one like our God

    For greater things have yet to come
    And greater things are still to be done in this City
    Greater things have yet to come
    And greater things are still to be done here


    DW through you, your team Greater things have yet to come!

    Loving you and yours!!! Go team!

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  23. Absolutely amazing, heartbreaking and eyeopening. There is so much to be done. These are His children and I know He will direct.

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  24. How much would it take so all the kids can eat 7 days a week? I would like to talk with my family about what we could do to help.

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  25. How much is it for the 70 meals? Maybe a group of us can get together and donate a 4th day?

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