The Uganda family was up’an’attem early this morning for a fun excursion to Jinja.
The drive, though it be early, was breath taking. As we got out of the city we got to see a new side of Uganda. Lush forests, fields of tea and sugar cane, and our favorite no city traffic! It was such a peaceful drive as we passed through small villages and taking note of the simple life.
We took the team on the top of a lovely hill to have quite eventful quiet time overlooking Jinja, one view of the vegetation, the other overlooking Lake Victoria! We wish we could take photos, but because of (unknowingly) private property we weren’t allowed to, but lucky you I’m a quick shot! 😉
After quiet time we went back down into the city of Jinja. Our wonderful bus driver James, took us to a home/market to experience yet again another ministry. WEID.
Women Integrated Empowerment Development Group.
An empowering craft market that all products are made, manufactured, sculpted by women who were left behind. Widows of husbands who died from AIDS, leaving behind no way to make a living. A group of dynamite and brave women, got together and brainstormed a way to make a living from things that have been thrown away and forgotten.
Cow horns. These women worked hard to come up with creative way to make jewelry and pottery out of cow horns!!
Our students loved hearing their story of how they found hope in-spite of their sorrow and found a solution to their situation. Now we have the opportunity to support them by “purchasing” their lovely handwork! Be ready for some awesome gifts (that support this small group of women) y’all!
Onward we went to dip our feet in the Nile River, unfortunately we didn’t make it that far. Somethings in Africa come up unexpectedly, for example downpour rain which prevents us from using certain roads due to slick muddy roads …. which ended up happening in our case. Our students were awesome and though they were excited they were flexible in waiting till our debriefing time when we would encounter the Nile once again!
So, our journey continues to Amazima.
Has anyone read the book “Kisses from Katie”? All hands shot up in the air.
A lot of our students were inspired to come on this trip in hopes to catch a glimpse or maybe to be inspired just like Katie was! And now our ladies are excited to TOUR the grounds—they all screamed with excitement.
For those of you who don’t know…
In December of 2006, 18-year-old Katie Davis traveled to Uganda for the first time. She was immediately captivated by the people and the culture, and knew she would be back. Less than a year later, Katie returned to Uganda and it has been home ever since. Despite her own plans, God led Katie to found Amazima Ministries in 2008 and made her a mother to 13 beautiful girls by the time she was 23. The word “Amazima” means “truth” in the native Luganda language and speaks to Katie’s desire to see relationships restored, lives transformed, and communities changed through the truth of Jesus Christ.
Every outreach of Amazima Ministries, whether education scholarship, vocational training, or medical care, is built on a biblical perspective with an emphasis on relationship and disciple-making.
They do this in five main divisions, THE AMAZIMA SCHOOL (A Christ-centered Primary and Secondary school in Jinja, Uganda), SCHOLARSHIP (Amazima’s Scholarship Program provides a safe learning environment, daily meals, extensive medical care, and discipleship for every student), THE BEADING CIRCLE (a self-sustaining vocational program for mothers in the community), FARMING OUTREACH (a sustainable and profitable vocational program for Farming God’s Way), and MEDICAL OUTREACH (from basic hygiene education and malaria prevention to HIV testing and counseling).
Woah! That’s a mouth full, but just goes to show you how intentional and great influence this ministry has.
I speak for all of us when I say we are totally blown away. Their model of ministry for students and education is incredibly humbling. They are 100% in it for building sustaining the community and not enabling. Their philosophy of blending schooling/education with mentorship and discipleship is what makes this organization astounding and fruitful! What an incredible ministry. I would encourage you to check out Amazima Ministries online for a more in-depth look. We hope and pray that this inspires our students to think twice about not only their education but to find the value of intentionality, sustainability, and learn to help others without hurting them (in the long run).
After a long day, we are finding ourselves ready to go “home” to our apartments! As we journey home and reflect on what we learned, what we saw, and what inspired us in the last week of ministry! Share This Post!