Monday, December 14, 2009

And finally, a blog . . .

This is my initial post for Redeemer House, a small orphanage in Uganda, East Africa that was opened in October, 2008, with 7 children. We now provide a loving, Christ-centered home to 15 children. These beautiful children, along with our wonderful care providers, Ugandans Gracious and Noah, and Elysia, a young lady from America, make up the Redeemer House family.

My connection? While in Uganda in 2008, asking God to show me how He wanted me to serve His children there, I clearly heard Him ask me to open an orphange. On the morning I left, 10 days later, we dedicated Redeemer House to the glory of God and the rescue of Ugandan orphans. Gracious and Noah have done a wonderful job caring for the children, while I have been able to share here in America and help raise awareness of the plight of orphans in Africa. God has provided for the orphanage in awesome ways, including sending sponsors for each of the children. I returned to Uganda in September, 2009 with Elysia, a young lady from Prineville, OR, who is doing an amazing job as Country Director, care provider, and tutor. We were able to move to a beautiful new, larger facility, take in more orphans, and hire 3 women to help part-time with cooking, laundry, and gardening. I am currently working as a nurse in America, helping with the financial obligations of the orphanage, but my heart's desire is to soon be working alongside Gracious, Noah and Elysia in Uganda, caring for the children God has entrusted us with.