Part of YWAM Hopeland's campus in Jinja, Uganda. Clicking on the link will take you directly to the page where I'm raising funds to go.
Time to step out
When I left Denver in 2012, I didn't know exactly where my road would take me. I loved being there, loved being a part of developing young leaders, but had a burden to work directly with people in struggling communities in the developing world that I couldn't explore and be there at the same time. Now after 2 years of preparation, training, waiting, praying, and seeking the Lord for direction, I get a chance to do what I set out to do. YWAM Uganda is trying to ramp up their focus on training young people to be able to walk out their faith in a way that impacts every life they touch. Part of that push is running a YWAM school called Foundations of Community Development. It's chief aim is to help change the way we think about poverty, and to help crystallize a biblical worldview in the way each of us operates so that those principles dictate everything we believe and do. Having taken this course as a student qualifies me to help run the school anywhere in the world as a staff person, so it is a great 3 month opportunity for me at this stage of life.
I've not been to Africa yet, so this fulfills a desire I've had for quite some time. It's a special place with unique challenges and beautiful people. I'd appreciate your prayers for me as I prepare to go to a new culture and learn more about who they are and what God is doing there.
Here is the link to the Gofundme page where I will be receiving donations. Since this is a short term opportunity, I haven't yet figured out a way to process tax-deductible donations, so this ends up being a convenient way to do it for everyone. You can also read more about YWAM Hopeland or Uganda by clicking the links here. Thanks so much for following me every step of the way! If you would like more information about any of this- fundraising, YWAM, Uganda, FCD - I'm more than happy to email, give you a call, or skype and would look forward to the opportunity to connect. Talk to you soon!
Texas Longhorn Cattle are HUGE! I hope you have a hugely great week and had a happy Easter. Praise God! Jesus is Alive! Thanks for reading.
God Bless, Michael
PS - You may remember this Marigold from the last update. This one is doing well, but apparently they are not as distasteful to pests as I'd hoped. Several of them have been mowed down by something, I think maybe snails. I wouldn't be much of a teacher if I only shared the good stuff, so here you go. Messing with nature doesn't always go as smoothly as planned :P My next step is to crush up eggshells and sprinkle them around the base of these to try and discourage snails/slugs from crawling across all those sharp points. Gardening- always an adventure.
Thanks for thinking of me! Please keep the following requests in mind: 1) Preparations for Uganda trip 2) Provision of more regular work 3) Health/Health Insurance 4) Continue opportunities to invest in what the Lord is doing here.