The Field of Visions
In 2009, my husband Timothy died of sudden heart attack. In a season of loneliness and deep sorrow, God led me on a trip that would change my life forever. I found myself in Uganda praying with a team of ladies in a field for the many orphans who needed a place to live. Upon my return home, I reached out to a couple of the other women who were also praying in the field that day. Together, we prayed for the vision of Go and Tell to bring hope to orphans and desolate places in the world.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” -Isaiah 43:19
From Mourning to Dancing
Four months after we were praying in that field, Timothy Orphanage Home was erected. And in January 2013, our team of ladies flew back to Uganda for the commissioning ceremony. On January 5, 2013, dressed in the traditional Uganda “gomesi” and after a lot of prayers, speeches and dancing, we officially opened the doors to Timothy Orphanage Home. I couldn’t help but realize all that the Lord had done in my life and in the lives of the other women who were with me. Dancing with the Ugandans, joy overflowing, the Lord had truly turned my mourning into dancing.
“You turned for me my mourning into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” -Psalm 30:11
The Story Continues to Be Written on the Hearts of Many
The more time I spend in Uganda, the more I see the joy of the children captivating the hearts of all who visit. I also see that I am not the only one who has experienced heartache and tragic loss. These children have lost parents to murder, AIDS, disease and many themselves have escaped child sacrifice or survived other tragic violence. They are overcomers, fighting HIV and generational cycles of poverty. No matter the odds, I know the Lord can turn their lives just as he turned my heart. We are committed to not only helping these children live but to see God’s full promise come true: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.“-John 10:10We have built an incredible team of people who are devoted to planting hope in the lives of these children. What is even more amazing is the story that the Lord continues to write on the hearts of each person involved. And we know that he has just begun.
“To comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” -Isaiah 61:2-3
Let Hope Rise
In a nation with over 2.5 million orphans, there is no better place for the Go and Tell vision to take root than Uganda. We believe that something special can happen when we all come together in unity to share God’s love. We thank you for partnering with us, praying for us and more importantly, allowing God to use you to be a crucial part of this story. There is no doubt that when you open your heart to give, you will find yourself receiving more than you could ever imagine. Partner with us to bring hope to the nations.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevemore.” -Psalm 133:1,3