Friday, August 24, 2012


I wanted to share a little about why I am taking this trip. 

Romans 15:13 is a blessing that says "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."

I love to think about that phrase "abounding in hope."

 When I heard Luis Palau speak a few weeks ago at Mount Hermon, he shared that hope in God's terms does not mean "hope so" but instead is a "sure expectation" that He is here and He is at work in our lives, no matter what we are facing. 

I am going to Uganda because I was challenged to use an unexpected 3-months off in my life to travel. And Uganda came to be at the top of my list because it is a country I have heard so much about in the past few years thanks to Invisible Children and other organizations documenting the atrocities of the LRA. This is a country that is entering a period of needing true forgiveness and reconciliation as they hopefully enter into a complete end to this violence. (Here is a video that touches on this subject, and the need for genuine forgiveness:,AAAAmtVJIFk~,TVGOQ5ZTwJbeMWnq5d_H4MOM57xfzApc&bclid=0&bctid=1215876482001

As Jesus has turned my life around by teaching me about His forgiveness and reconciliation, I hope to be able to share my story with others and walk alongside people who are learning the same lessons in very different circumstances. 

As I go to Uganda, I eagerly expect God to teach me many things. I am working with the Street Child Project, a small Christian organization that provides children who used to live on the streets with individualized tutoring, psychosocial support (through art therapy and mentoring) and spiritual guidance. I will be meeting the 11 boys who now live at the Street Child's facility, and getting to know other boys who still live on the streets and are not yet ready for change or waiting for a sponsorship. I get to teach the boys arts and crafts and games, provide tutoring, play soccer with them, and teach them what I know about Jesus and the abundant life that He offers to each of us. 

And no, in many ways it is not "safe" to take this trip, but it brings me such joy to know that I am living life to the fullest, placing each day in God's hands and care. I believe that God uses our prayers very powerfully, and so ask you to pray for this country, and the boys I am going to meet, and for me as I prepare for this experience. I eagerly expect that God will use my life to bring hope to others, and fully know that this experience will stretch me and change me in many ways. 

Monday, August 20, 2012


I never have been quite a journaling person, that is, until I started doodling my favorite quotes and verses. I found that I enjoy having a blank white page in front of me and seeing something unfold as I create.. I am discovering that the same goes for blogging

I started this blog to collect my thoughts about moving to Africa for 2 months,
 and to share about the trip with you, my friends and family

Lately, I have been an occupational therapy intern for a pediatric facility. It has been a growing, breaking-my-heart for those who are hurting, kind of experience. I love it and am exhausted by it, and depending on God each day for strength and wisdom.

On October 15th I leave for Jinja, Uganda (on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, near the source of the Nile) for 2 months to work with 11 boys who have lived on the streets but now have a home, and food, and an education, 
and who are learning about loving Jesus and His overpowering love for them. 

The Nile River near Jinja, Uganda

I know that I have a little to offer, and very much to learn on this trip- 
about living in another country and culture, about the complex systems that create poverty and homelessness, about worship and joy and the freedom of living simply 

I know that I do not have to travel overseas to see God work mightily, but have felt His tug on my heart to travel and expand my understanding of this world 

I invite you to support me through your prayers first and foremost- for traveling mercies, for a heart that is ready to learn, for peace as I prepare to leave what is comfortable, 
and for the boys and staff that I will meet in a few weeks

I am hoping to bring a bag or two of donations as I go.
If it would bring you joy, please consider sending me:
  • Art Supplies: white board markers, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners
  • Fun Things for the Kids: playing cards, soccer balls, soccer pumps, kids books or music, watches
  • Things the Boys Need: pillow cases, towels, band-aids, neosporin, any medicine, stethoscope
  • Clothes: neck ties (they are all the rage in Uganda), boy’s black shoes sizes 7-10, boy’s tennis shoes sizes 7-9, boy’s shorts sizes 10- 15, boy’s underwear sizes 10-15, socks
  • Financial Support (for the Street Child Project or me)
~My address is p.o. box 616, mount hermon, CA 95041~
or you can drop any donations by in person

Visit to learn about the organization I will be staying with. And feel free to share my blog with anyone who would appreciate it!

Peace to you all, and thank you for your support,
Lindsey ( :