Well it’s been a while! January is my busiest month of the year because I was hanging out with teenagers for three weeks! Any of you parents therefore know that I was up extremely late trying to get them to go to sleep and up early to begin the slow process of getting them up! But the days were full of so many beautiful moments that it made it all worth it! Global Redemption partnered with a local organization here in Uganda called Mto Moyoni for a youth camp is designed to reveal God’s heart as a Father and to reveal to youth in Uganda that they are no longer orphans, but instead deeply loved with a tangible, powerful force. These youth came from all over Uganda and even one from Tanzania. Their backgrounds are all different and filled with so much pain. I will not describe in detail their past because each has been made new! These youth saw their lives change through hearing the voice of God, receiving His love in memories of pain and offering forgiveness to those who brought pain in their lives. One youth lost both parents at a young age and the rest of his family completely abandoned him. Through the love he experienced at the camp, he made a choice to forgive these family members. After the school, he then took it a step further and went to visit each one to vocally offer this forgiveness, express a desire to reconcile and to offer them Father’s love!! Wow!! This from an 18 year old!! Another youth had wanted to become a soldier so that he could hurt those in his life who had hurt him. During the camp he took a step of faith to forgive these people. Now he sees Daddy has given him a passion to protect and rescue others who have experienced similar situations as he did. But he knows his options are more than being a soldier, he can become a social worker, a lawyer, a police officer, etc. His dreams are no longer rooted in pain and his future is bright!
Both these young men are extremely gifted in guitar and voice. They work hard to improve their gift. When they first arrived worship was seen as a part of what must be done as Christians. Now worship is a part of the love coming out of their hearts for their Father.
Trust is a difficult thing to learn once it is broken as children. Our first few days of the camp are about fun, building trust and connecting as sons and daughters
I’m so filled with gratitude for those of you who have donated finances towards these programs. Lives are being transformed and His Kingdom is being revealed! Our land project continues in the search and raising of finances. Do you want to help us reveal His love to these youth? If you are in Bend, Oregon we are having a fundraising event on the 21st of this month. If you are unable to attend, please visit our website www.globalredemption.net/donate so that you can discover ways to donate. The cost for land is $3,000/acre. You can help be part of the change this world is laboring for. (Romans 8:19-22)