Each week I get requests from people I know and don’t know who are motivated and eager to travel to Uganda and serve with the people, and specifically with our children. After last summer’s mission trip I knew for sure I wasn’t capable of doing the work I need to do for two organizations, at the same time that I plan and lead a mission team. Last year the grace of God carried me through, but honestly it nearly killed me. It was one of those experiences where I look back and see I wasn’t very good at any single job I tried to do…parenting…leading the team…organizing logistics…getting to know the children in our home…or handling difficult cultural issues.
I came away from that trip feeling defeated, exhausted and mostly depressed. I knew months before the trip began that I wouldn’t plan a big mission team this year. I knew I was in over my head. My life had lost all balance. I saw there is only so much one girl can do. My family needs me too. I drew the line. No more team planning for Mama Tonya.But there is still a surprise opportunity for this year. Read on.
There are people who contact me and they are going to Uganda on their own for their individual purposes and want to go share some love with the children in our home, and I connect them with Phiona, like in these photos. This is Megan who contacted us and wanted to go play with our kids! Of course they love all her energy and enthusiasm. And our team is getting a nice break from planning all of the activities.
Sometimes adopting families want to serve at our home while they are in Uganda finalizing their adoption. I encourage that so much! We are even willing to assist adopting families find safe housing and other help. Some day we might start our own guest house for adopting families so they can be close to other children when they bring their children into their care. And I think it’s great for adopting families to use their adoption as an opportunity to serve and share with Ugandans. It’s important for them to get to know people like our team members who are all Ugandan and accustomed to helping Americans find their way in their country.
There is a team from the organization YWAM who will spend two days with our Kirabo Seeds family in early February. I love it when others plan their own mission team and contact me to come serve the kids! That’s the way of the future for me.
Something miraculous happened recently in regards to mission teams. A friend introduced me to a shop owner who was eager to sell our merchandise and help us raise funds for the orphanage. ( I need more shops to consign our things if anyone knows a tender loving hearted soul) Jennifer owns Woodley Cottage here in San Antonio. Happily this shop is in Garden Ridge only a mile or so from where I stable my horse. Jennifer introduced me to her friend Donna who has a nonprofit organization that has been serving in Uganda for five years. Donna’s organization focuses on planning mission trips. She and I have met a few times and she’s feels God is leading her towards working with our Kirabo Seeds family! She has an orphanage in Gulu who she works with and she’d like to bring her team to our children’s home in Kampala. She is planning to lead a team this July and she is now open for interested people willing to take the trip. She has five years experience leading teams. I am convinced it will be an experience never to be forgotten. So if you are interested in taking a mission trip this summer contact me and I can connect you with Donna Rullo as she begins to finalize her plans. She is welcoming anyone who has the heart to go to Uganda and serve! She is an answered prayer for me. Her full time job of planning and leading a trip is such a vitally important role. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you are interested in joining a mission team to come work at our home and in Gulu this summer now there is opportunity for you! I’ll write more about Donna Rullo and these summer plans as they unfold.