Last time we shared Tami’s Story, one that I hope you have taken the opportunity to read and check out the link provided and let God speak to your heart as to what He wants  to do through you:  pray, give, correspond, or something else that will benefit those suffering through a cancer diagnosis.

However, since then, I received an email from another dear friend I don’t often hear from and this is what she had to say:

Dear Family and Friends,  

Am I ever surprised!! God is sending me to Uganda for the month of October to help out in a Christian orphanage. Yes, I am excited and pleased beyond what words can express!! I am pinching myself to be sure this is really happening to me, a 67 year old homemaker from Citrus Heights. I’d better back up and fill you in on how all of this came about. 

As a child I dreamed of travel and seeing new and unusual places, studied geography and collected stamps. After college graduation I planned to visit Europe with friends and meet my Austrian pen pal in Vienna. The Lord had other plans; instead three days after graduation I married the man of my dreams. Over the next 45 years I read missionary stories and was inspired and awed by these amazing adventures of God doing the impossible through human lives. However fearfulness and caution ruled my life. There was absolutely no way I could imagine leaving my comfort zone! 

During the last few years I have been deeply challenged and affected by our Pastor’s messages and the Word of God as I have studied the scriptures at a whole new level in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship). My faith has grown and I am ready to take the leap! I desperately want to be a world changer beyond anything I have ever done. 

So why am I going to Uganda? Well, I met an amazing woman while attending a seminar sponsored by BSF in 2012. She shared that she and her husband had started an orphanage in Uganda in 2006. I was all ears and eager to read about her adventure in her book Twinomujuni, Uganda Chronicles. I fell in love with Uganda and the people, completely mesmerized by her captivating journey. She invited me to go along on their next trip; Fred agreed that I should go! (Please keep him in your prayers. He is the one who will sacrifice the most.) I have my passport, (first one ever), am getting my shots, shopping for suitcases and skirts, and most importantly planning activities for the children. I will be paying my own way. However I could use extra funds to buy the children toys and craft items. If you can help with this, even a few dollars would be welcomed. I also ask for your prayers. International travel and living in a third world country will not be easy. I need God’s physical strengthening. I also desire for His love to pour through me to the precious people of Uganda. I pray for opportunities to pray for the brokenhearted and physically ill, to speak words of comfort and encouragement, and to serve in any capacity the Lord opens to me. 

I’d better close for now. Thank you for taking time to read this and to support me in any way you feel led. 

With a heart for Uganda, 

Judy”

So, what does that have to do with anything, you might ask?  For me, this was a challenge from the Lord:  “What are YOU (me) going to do about this opportunity I’ve placed in front of you?  She is your friend.”   (I chose to help in any way I could so this is why I’m sharing her story with you as well as helping as God directs with the toy fund.)

Now, as she mentioned in the email, my dear friend has had quite the bout with fear over the years and the fact that she is going to a foreign country absolutely astounds me!  To God be the glory!  Outside of all the things God has done in my own life, this is a yet another great example of why I’ve got confidence in Him!  He gives us strength in our weakness and heals us in every area of our lives as we give Him permission.

Secondly, I wanted to let you know that we will be following up with Judy for more of her story as the weeks progress.  She will be sending her personal experiences during her stay there, if she can, and I’ll be sharing them with you on this blog along with photos when possible.   In the meantime, she suggested a couple of books that have been inspirational and helpful to her, which you might find of interest as well.  Twinomujuni, Uganda Chronicles by April Dobbs or her website:  http://www.shepherdslove.com/.  In addition, you may wish to read further on another blog about Uganda:  http://www.kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com/  as well as a book by the same name, Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis.

I hope that you will hang in there with me to hear more about Judy’s incredible adventure.  I know God will do great things through her!  Should you be interested in hearing more, contributing to her toy fund, or praying for her, please let me know and I would be happy to forward your information to her.

God is so good and loves you and all the people of all countries so much that He is even seeing fit to send a grandma from California to minister His love to a few children thousands of miles away from her secure home!  Wow!  I know she would appreciate your prayers and encouragement as well.

Let’s go with her and see what God will do!

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