Actions Speak Louder https://www.actionsspeaklouder.net Wed, 19 Jun 2019 22:17:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 The Land We’ve Prayed Over https://www.actionsspeaklouder.net/2019/06/07/the-land-weve-prayed-over/ Fri, 07 Jun 2019 03:37:52 +0000 https://www.actionsspeaklouder.net/?p=364

On my last trip to Uganda, we toured a beautiful plot of land that is for sale. Look at those beautiful gates! We want to buy this land, move the orphanage here, and build a school.

The property is right on Lake Victoria, but still in the same general vicinity of where the kids are currently living. This particular piece of land is ideal for our vision. It’s already fenced in, which is extremely important for safety. It also has several standing structures we can easily tailor to suit our needs, instead of building from scratch. 

 

Being on the lake allows the opportunity to be more self-sustaining by catching fish instead of buying them in the market. There are also already several edible plants growing on the property that would alleviate the need to buy certain foods, such as cassava and popo fruit. This space would provide the opportunity to plant and grow many more foods. What a great chance for the kids to be involved in self-sustaining habits! 

This property is in a small, impoverished community where the only pace of worship is a small mosque. Our desire is to turn one of the buildings into a school with a chapel so we can invite the members of the community to come and learn about salvation through Jesus! 

The family who owns this land has no money to work on it. They are basically squatting there, barely hanging on. If we purchase from them, it will be life-changing for them, as well as for us. We pray this ministry will grow in ways that make it apparent God is at work and not just us. 

The cost of this property is only about $40,000 USD, buildings included. Pray with us that God provides and is glorified! 

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Meet Our House Moms https://www.actionsspeaklouder.net/2018/09/05/meet-our-house-moms/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:53:47 +0000 https://www.actionsspeaklouder.net/?p=199

Meet Justine (left) and Betty (right). Both of these beautiful women have been caretakers at Shiloh for quite some time. They are both the “mothers” of these children. Residing at the orphanage, they work 24/7 caring for them. They have continued to do so through months of not being paid anything. I don’t know a single person in the US, myself included that would stay and work in those conditions, but these two amazing women have. They love Pastor Josh, his wife, Esther, and their children. They love and care for all of the orphaned children as their own. I love them very much. They are a beautiful example of what sacrifice and working as unto to the Lord looks like.

Since launching Actions Speak Louder, we have been able to pay them all the salary that was owed to them! However, we are looking for someone to partner with us to ensure they never go without a salary again. Betty uses some of her salary to pay for her son, Daniel’s, school tuition. There is no public schooling in Uganda. If Betty goes without pay, Daniel doesn’t get to go and learn. It’s a sad cycle that I would love to help break.

Betty and Justine’s salaries are about $50/month each. This is part of what Actions Speak Louder is trying to raise. Our goal is to pay them every month so they are able to put away a little money and have their needs met instead of working for free. Will you or someone you know be willing to donate to ensure neither of them goes without pay? Please feel free to comment or contact me with any questions you may have. Thanks for reading!

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What Life is Really Like… https://www.actionsspeaklouder.net/2018/09/05/what-life-is-really-like/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:37:23 +0000 https://www.actionsspeaklouder.net/?p=195
In case you’re curious, this is a lot what life on “the streets” is like for children in Uganda whose parents don’t have money to send them to school. These two young girls are carrying their siblings on their backs so their mom can work in the market. After taking their photo we each have them what is probably the equivalent of about $0.75 and you’d think they won the lottery. It truly is like nothing I’ve ever seen. This was not an abnormal sight pretty much everywhere we went.

This photo was taken along the main highway with HEAVY traffic in Kampala. I count 10 young children there – the oldest not being much more than 8 or 9 years, responsible for all of them while their mothers are working. This is reality. It is everywhere.

I started Actions Speak Louder, a not for profit organization, to partner with Shiloh, an orphanage in Jinja, Uganda, in hopes to prevent this from happening to as many kids as possible. They have 17 orphans currently who are in dire need of basic necessities. All donations given to us will go directly to supporting Shiloh and will be tax deductible. We also have many ideas for helping single mothers earn enough money to support their families. Our dream is to put ourselves out of business by creating a sustainable economy there! You may be thinking, “Wait, how does creating an economy keep kids from becoming orphans?” Well, orphans aren’t only a result of parents dying. Often these children are rescued from brothels or other unsafe places they are being raised. Sometimes, mothers drop their children with someone they feel can at least feed them, which is more than they can currently do. It is a sad and desperate situation that feels hopeless for so many. That’s why our mission is simple – meeting needs, offering hope! 

You may be thinking, “I can’t give much.” Even a commitment of $10/month makes a big difference, as it goes much farther there. Please consider partnering with us and having a direct impact in doing good for someone else!

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Family Photo https://www.actionsspeaklouder.net/2018/09/05/family-photo/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 13:44:49 +0000 https://www.actionsspeaklouder.net/?p=192

This family just has my heart. I love them dearly. Can you tell the kids are much like yours and mine?? Getting them all to look at the camera for a photo at the same time is nearly impossible! 😂

We have almost enough support to make sure they have a roof over their heads, electricity, running water, and food for the month of September. Please consider partnering with us to ensure they will not have to worry about these necessities. I’m going to be blunt here – our kids have these things. They have much MUCH more than just the basics. With great privilege comes great responsibility. We are so privileged here in the US. Kids in Uganda don’t even know what a PlayStation is…they are happy wearing hand-me-downs and playing with an old bike tire. They deserve to be loved and taken care of as well. The great majority of us can afford to give even just a little extra to help those around the world who are less fortunate than we are – I strongly encourage you to pray and consider getting involved somewhere, even if it isn’t with Actions Speak Louder.

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