"Yes I finally got the certificate." Receiving these words from a friend in Uganda resulted in a loud happy dance in my room. Global Redemption has been approved as an NGO (non-government organization) in Uganda. WOOHOO!!!! Nearly two years after we began. To give an idea of why it has taken so long, BBC recently did a study of the level of corruption in political parties throughout the world. Uganda's currently reigning political party came in 2nd.... Just behind Pakistan. The level of corruption runs deep and has caused many problems. But with our core values being honor and integrity we decided long ago that we would not corrupt ourselves by walking according to the culture of corruption. It took a lot longer but as Jesus told me, we have remained in His Peace and for that I am so thankful!
So what's next?!?
Well as you can see from the photos above, these are two very common views of mine recently and will be for the next couple of months. I am still in the US (until the end of July) and will be continuing to travel a lot in order to connect with you! :) My travel plans for the next few weeks are:
May 29th-May 31st Portland, OR
June 1st-4th Drayton, ON
June 5th-7th Toronto, ON
June 8th-10th Niagara, ON
June 11th-13th Portland, OR
June 13th Salem, OR
June 14th-19th Fort Jones, CA
June 20th-25th Redding, CA
June 26th-July 1st Bend, OR
If you are in any of these cities, or nearby, please let me know so that we don't miss each other! I am still coordinating July but those details will be released next month sometime.
What can I do??
If you are in any of those cities and would like to help Global Redemption but aren't sure how, here's an easy idea. Invite friends to your house for a meal or tea time to give Kelly an opportunity to share about Global Redemption and Daddy's vision for our future. We have brought a lot of Ugandan arts and crafts which are for sale as well which is a wonderful opportunity to help us raise finances while buying a beautiful scarf, bag or pair of earrings. We even have cool bottle openers that look like gavels!
In Central Oregon???
Come join us for a fun time learning and improving your garden at Whistle Stop. Bring your own pot, the planting type, ;) and receive a plant and dirt as well as some educational info about your garden. Proceeds of ticket sales go towards our programs in Uganda. We will also have some crafts for sale as well! Spread the word and invite your friends!
Another easy way to help!
Do you shop on Amazon??? Do you want to help Global Redemption but aren't able to financially? YOU CAN!! Amazon Smile will donate to Global Redemption every time you purchase an item. No need to sign up for a new account! Simply click this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-1360227 which will take you to the Smile Amazon page where you can sign up Global Redemption as your desired nonprofit for Amazon to donate towards. Then, instead of shopping from amazon.com, shop from smile.amazon.com. Same website, same items to purchase from, same shipping methods, same account. The only difference is that a percentage of the money you spend, Amazon donates towards Global Redemption! This is a HUGE help to us and it doesn't cost you anything! :)
Am I missing home?!?
You bet! I am loving being in America (except the food keeps making me sick) but I am also missing Uganda. And I am also getting excited to return due to our approval. The next step will be to continue searching out a plot of land. So far I have viewed about 20 plots. I have been given the advice to at least triple that number. So our team has lots of land shopping to do! Currently our funding in savings has reached enough for this purchase. Our continued fundraising will now go towards building material and labor costs. We are researching a few options for those materials but we are looking to raise around $60,000. I'll provide a breakdown of that in a future email. Our monthly donations are also needing to increase in order to provide salaries for new Ugandan hires I am hoping to do when I return to Uganda. Click the donate button below to be transferred to our website for information on how you can be involved in what Daddy is doing to bring Kingdom Culture to earth.
Thank you all so much for your hugs, hospitality and generosity!!