Let me just preface this by saying that the last few nights have been pretty sleepless. The images from my time in Korah have been running through my head tirelessly. My goal was to get all of my pictures edited before this weekend so I could start telling the stories and using the images to raise awareness, prayer and financial support for these beautiful people. Sitting down at my computer the first two nights of the week to edit these images, I just wept. It was like I was reliving the stories, my heart was breaking over and over again. All I could do was cry out to God and pray for these dear friends. But last night, after a 3+ hour coffee date with my friend Katie, I returned home full of strength from God to edit the images. I think I’ve been trying to delay what I know I want to do because I’m afraid that I won’t get a response, or that people won’t feel as connected to these kids as I would like, or that what I set out to accomplish won’t be accomplished. (key word: what I set out to do) I’m just being honest. But God has been good to me and has put a burden on my heart for the children of Korah and a passion to see them all get sponsored to go to boarding school this fall (they start September 30th) and to get all the supplies they need for school. It’s my prayer that as I tell you the stories of these precious ones that the Holy Spirit would move you to act, pray and to give.

The Lord gently reminded me Monday that I have to live with open hands & that I can’t make these kids idols. He cares for them more than I ever could, He wants them to go to school more than I do, He wants them to have food & shelter more than I do – HE WILL TAKE CARE OF THEM! We were created in this world for one reason: to bring glory to God. That’s what I want. For Him to USE ME, for Him to use these gifts and passions that He has given me, ultimately for lives to be changed.
I wish I could sit down with everyone of you and tell you the stories face to face like I have done the past two weeks with a handful of friends. I wish you could hear the passion in my voice, see the love on my face, and cry with me as so many have already done. I want these stories and these images to come to life! I want these people to be REAL PEOPLE to you and not just a face from the other side of the globe. I am praying confidently that God can USE me and USE these images and stories for His purposes, to bring Him glory. It’s time that I stop being afraid and start believing in the power of my prayers and know that ultimately, the Holy Spirit will do the work. I’m just an instrument – use me Lord! So I’m going to start telling you the stories and continue to PRAY BIG that God can use us right where we are in America to reach the nations. Get ready:)

For more info:
Project 61 website http://p61.org/
Project 61 on facebook http://www.facebook.com/project61
to donate to Project 61: www.p61.org/donate.html
{way more on how to get involved to come!}

  • SarahR - Girl, I’m right there with you. I left Uganda/Ethiopia on July 27 and haven’t gotten around to blogging (or even starting a blog for that matter). I find excuses like my kids keeping me busy, etc. I want to tell the stories of the children I met, but Satan keeps whispering that I’m not a good writer and there are other blogs out there that all say the same thing. Well God didn’t send me on this trip for me to point to other people’s blogs. My voice needs to be added!

    Praying you will find the words and I’ll be reading it :) I’m making a goal of getting something started this weekend!ReplyCancel

I’m starting a class TONIGHT (yes, in 45 minutes!) at our local college called Perspectives! (http://www.perspectives.org/site/pp.aspx?c=eqLLI0OFKrF&b=2806295) It’s a class on christianity and missions. I first heard about it on my mission trip to El Salvador over spring break this past year & my heart was moved to take it. I am actually really proud of myself for saying no to a few things this fall so I could devote a lot of time to this class. To study, to read, to do the homework, to put my whole heart into it. To see where God is leading me (and us) in the future.

My good friend Ansley asked me this weekend what my thoughts were about where my heart is towards missions. It’s pretty crazy that besides a mission trip to Mexico in college & to New Orleans in High School that I hadn’t really ever gone on an international mission trip and in the past 5 months I’ve been to El Salvador, Uganda & Ethiopia. A new world has shown itself to me. My heart is drawn towards missions and I hope and pray that this class will give me some clarity about what that looks like.
God is moving. and where He is, I want to be. Praying that this class will help me gain knowledge, wisdom and perspective. Will you pray with me?
Can’t wait to tell you about it. I’ve got my 147 orphan bag packed with my new notebook from Target and I’m ready to go:)If you know me well, you know when I mean when I say I have the BPs. EEKK!!! Time to be a student again!

  • Chantel Klassen - Hey Wynne -was just searching your blog for this post because I’ve been thinking about taking this class. Jared and I have been talking lately about getting into missions full-time. All in God’s time but it makes me so excited. I can’t wait to see what He has planned for you!ReplyCancel

This was the face.
This was the face among many other faces that stared up at me begging for me to hold her, to pick her up, to love her. The morning we got to Return Ministries was the first official day of our trip. We had spend 2 days traveling, unpacking, shuffling donations and it was time to “charge the kids” and to LOVE BIG.
I’ll never forget that first morning getting out of the van. Having about 300 kids all sitting down in their chairs – singing, clapping, waiting for our arrival. We didn’t know our team very well at this point, but after that day we were like family. I just remember looking around and seeing my team members come to life. Seeing big grown police officer Brady having 3 kids climbing all over him, sweet 16 year old Josh loving and holding onto a baby like it was his own, grown men’s faces just lit up with love and affection for these children.
The songs and dances they did for us were priceless. Almost everywhere we went in Uganda the children greeted us with a song. And about all of them had songs about welcoming the visitors. They were so thankful that we were there. in the flesh. not only loving them from half a world away but loving them right where they were. and we loved them!
I just looked back at my journal entry (those were pretty scarce on the trip) from this day and I said that I cried off & on all day because I realized that all the children want and need is LOVE. They long to be held, loved, looked at, smiled at, picked up, LOVED. We were challenged to LOVE big on this trip and this was our first opportunity.
What we did with the kids was nothing out of the ordinary. We sang & taught them a dance (well, Chloe and I tried), we did some crafts, painted their faces (which turned into them painting our bodies), made balloon animals, served them lunch, played with them, danced with them and simply loved them. For us, it was nothing out of the ordinary – but for them, it meant the world – that a group of people would come to visit them! to love them! to give them our full & devoted attention!
I have to say one thing: they sure know how to dance in Uganda! I’ll try to post a little video foryall to see the dancing. and don’t worry that everyone on our team got to try our hand at the traditional dance.:)
We all made many new friends this day. The names are written in my well worn journal: Angela, Jeremiah, Sophia, Olivia, Emmy, Asher, Ester, Shadrack. Their faces are etched on my heart. After spending all day with these beautiful children & Pastor Samuel and his family – it was time to leave. I can’t forget the feeling and the sight of going back around the bus to get in and seeing many of my team members (myself included) just crying our eyes out. How were we supposed to do this? How can we get so attached to these precious children and leave them? And how we were supposed to do this every day for the next 2 weeks?
I keep having to hold on to the hope that being there, actually being there, brought them hope and joy. A hope that only the love of Christ can bring. A hope that comes from fulfilling the scripture when it says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans…” If you want to experience this sort of love, and be able to give this sort of love to these children: check out the Visiting Orphans website. There are so many trips to Uganda that you can sign up for! I pray that you take seriously the command in the bible (James 1:27) and know that you can make a serious difference in the lives of these children and in the Kingdom of God.
If you are moved by the work that Return Ministries is doing, check out their website to see how you can help. http://www.returnministriesuganda.org/
There are many opportunities to give a one time gift, to sponsor a child ($35/month) or donate to their new building fund. Pastor Samuel & his family are salt of the earth kind of people and we are so blessed to have been able to serve with them even for just one day in Uganda. Praying that their ministry continues to bless the children of Uganda!
(more of my images from Return can be found on my facebook: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100145100808703.2455493.9202063&type=1)