I'm very excited to share this wonderful outreach project with you!
In 2017 I was presented with the opportunity to spend a month traveling through Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. As the planning for this trip got underway it hit me that Be-In-Couraged had to be a part of this. At the time I didn't know how but I knew God would show me, when I presented the idea to Jan she immediately said yes.
So in 2018 I took the trip of a lifetime with the mission to find a mission for us.
To read a little about my personal experience on my trip CLICK HERE
Where does Be-In-Couraged and our tribe of amazing women fit in?
Well, there are two things we are excited to share with you.
The first is the sponsorship of a child in the Watoto Ministries in Uganda and the second is the Huruma Centre Children’s Home in Iringa, Tanzania. We encourage you to join us on this journey.
How can you help?
-Pray for these beautiful children
-Sends us your notes to share with them
-Donate to our Outreach Program
Watoto Ministies Sponsorship Program
Jan and I have decided to sponsor the cutest little boy and we want you to get to know him too!
Meet Mathias Musinguzi
Mathias was born prematurely and soon after abandoned by an unidentified person, outside a children's ward. A good Samaritan noticed him and notified the hospital authorities who later contacted Watoto Child Care Ministries as there was no one to give him care. Mathias was brought to a Baby Watoto Home where he was lovingly nurtured by caring nannies.
Mathias was later moved to a spacious Watoto Village. A devoted housemother and Watoto brothers and sisters made him feel welcome. Mathias' housemother showers him with love and care, giving him all the attention, he desires. Soon, he will be old enough for nursery school and then many years of quality education await him in Watoto Schools. Mathias loves to jump and sing. He has such a good appetite that he will eat anything put before him. He also actively participates during prayer time.
On Sundays, Mama takes Mathias to the Watoto Church, where he is learning about Jesus' love for him. Please pray for Mathias to receive the Lord into his heart when he reaches the age of understanding.
Huruma Centre Children’s Home
Huruma is a children's home in Iringa, Tanzania, which provides a safe home, nurture, nutrition, and education for children who, for a variety of reasons, have no family or others to care for them.
Our visit to Huruma was an experience like I have never had before and my heart is drawn back to this place every time I think of my trip. I saw a home that was filled with the love of God. I was amazed at the many examples I saw where they used the resources available to them to build a home for these children. They are a living example of the age-old saying “You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.” They have used past donations to invest in things that will continue to provide for them. They built a daycare on the property that provides services for the children outside of the center generating an income for them. Instead of purchasing food they purchased livestock and crops so they can provide food for themselves and also sell for a source of profit. They have been good stewards of the support they receive and in the process have created a home for the children that otherwise would have nothing.
“In a few short words tell me about your experience in Africa?”
“What was the one most memorable part of your trip?”
“Tell me what stood out for you?”
“How would you describe the things you saw?”
These are such simple questions and only a few of the questions I have been asked since I have been back. I have struggled to find the words to answer these questions. My struggle is not because I don’t have anything to share its quit the opposite, I have so much to share I have no idea where to begin. To take an experience as amazing as my trip to Africa and break it down into a few words seems like an impossible task. The stories I can share of the experiences, relationship, sites and sounds can’t be put to justice in just a few words. Every time I sit down to write something I am overcome with great emotion and words just don’t seem to exist to describe those emotions.
Our journey took us to the three countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Within these countries we visited hospitals, schools (from secondary through university), orphanages, villages, homes and so much more. The word that continues to play over and over again in my mind as I think of these things is complete “awe”. I am in awe of the pure joy I saw in people, I am in awe of the resilience I saw, I am in awe of their faith. I think you can see the pattern that I am establishing, while my emotions range from all over the spectrum I was continually amazed by the people we met. The superficial things that are so easy for me to see as a “problem” where not even on the radars of these people because they saw an awesome God that continued to provide for them.
My 6-year-old (at the time of the trip) daughter, Marley, was on this trip with me and this provided me with the unique opportunity to see the adventures of this trip through her eyes. I found that her innocence gave me a whole new perspective. As we visited children in many different scenarios, my first instinct was to see the “problems” that needed “fixed”. What Marley saw was a child to play with, she saw a friend. That innocence allowed me to step back and see the same. Time and time again I was thanked for bringing Marley on this trip. Not only did her presence show to the children of the community that they mattered but it also showed the mothers of the community that I don’t see my daughter and myself as different from them. I was literally there with my child to walk alongside them.
If I had to pick one thing to take away from this trip it would be that I hope that I exude the same joy, love, faith, grace and gratefulness that I saw when I was with these wonderful new friends of mine. I want people to see God through me as I did in the people of these amazing countries.