Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mercy Mission Team Back From Uganda!

Our amazing mission team of Mercy Ministries’ graduates and staff made it home safely after spending two incredible weeks serving in Kampala, Uganda! The group of 16 graduates and 2 staff worked with Watoto Ministries – a community that provides a holistic home environment, as well as quality education to children that have been orphaned due to the AIDS epidemic in Africa (http://www.watoto.com/). Mercy Ministries has had the privilege of financially supporting Watoto ministries through the construction of two homes for orphans, but this was the first time we actually sent a team to do the work! All team members raised the financial support to cover the cost of the trip as well as everything needed to build four classrooms for the children in Kampala.


The team was led by Mercy staff members, Nandi and Katelyn, who wanted to share this special message with you:

We are back! As we look back over the last two weeks, there are so many incredible memories that come to mind… holding the babies at the Bulrushes, attending the service at Watoto Church, laying hands on the building to dedicate it to the Lord and visiting the HIV positive women at Living Hope. We were all forever changed by our time in Uganda and serving alongside one another at Watoto! The word “life changing” has come up AGAIN and AGAIN as we try to put words to what the last two weeks were like. We went to Uganda to love and serve the children at Watoto, and in doing that, WE ended up being the ones that were blessed beyond our wildest dreams.

As we met for the last time as a team, we gave the graduates an opportunity to share their highlights from the trip. We were completely overwhelmed as we heard these young women from different states, backgrounds, ethnicities and Mercy stories share how God had personally answered prayers and stirred a new sense of passion and purpose. It was clear, as the graduates shared with tears and such tenderness, that God had done “exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask, think or imagine..."

We came to Uganda to pour out God’s love and compassion on all we came into contact with. Not only did our graduates do that, they were ALL walking examples of hope restored and true freedom! Everywhere we went, we saw our graduates praying for the house moms of these orphans, sharing their testimonies, and loving on people through a hug or smile—these graduates truly LIVED OUT their faith and were used so tenderly to partner with God to bind up the brokenhearted and proclaim freedom!

Thank you to the prayer partners that covered us in prayer during our trip. Your prayers were definitely answered! Thank you to the Mercy graduates that attended this trip, you are truly our heroes for serving so tirelessly, being transparent and for carrying the penetrating love and heart of Christ to all that you came into contact with. We also want to say a huge “thank you” to Watoto and its founders, Gary and Marilyn Skinner, for allowing us to come to Uganda and serve such an incredible ministry. We pray blessings over the entire ministry and that God would continue to multiply the work of your hands. And of course, we are thankful to the Lord for allowing us to partner with Him to serve such an amazing group of young leaders and future world-changers!

What an incredible blessing it is to see Mercy graduates have a heart to give back and share the hope they have found, not just in their communities, but around the world. We hope you can see how your investment in these young women produces a ripple effect that has a global impact. If you would like to read more from our staff and graduates about the trip to Uganda, check their blog at http://mercygoestouganda.blogspot.com/. We promise you will be blessed by how these transformed lives are transforming lives!