Lofty Campaign Slogans

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Sweet Summer 17: Week 1, Day 4 Companies have long used lofty campaign slogans to sell their products. They promise a better life, freedom, happiness. They’re idealistic and sell a lifestyle more than the attributes of the product. Can sharing a Coke and a smile really teach the world to sing in perfect harmony? I’m not so sure. A few … Read More

Video: Living On A Dollar A Day

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Sweet Summer 17: Week 1, Day 3 Before being empowered by our Economic Development Program, our members would earn about $0.80 to $0.90 for a full day of hard manual labor — less than half the International Poverty Line, according to the World Bank. Sweet Sleep president, Madelene Metcalf, talks about what it’s like to live on a dollar a day. … Read More

Tears of Joy

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Sweet Summer 17: Week 1, Day 2 I’ve been in Uganda with Sweet Sleep President, Madelene Metcalf, for four days now. We have a team coming next week to distribute 800 beds to orphaned and vulnerable children, but before that happens, we’re spending a few days visiting eight new groups in our economic development program. This is a program that … Read More

A Mile In Their Shoes

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Sweet Summer 17: Week 1, Day 1 This week we’re in Uganda, visiting our newest graduates of Sweet Sleep’s Economic Development Program. These women have, on average, 5 children — both biological and adopted. With no opportunity for an education in their childhood, they’ve had to resort to low-paying, hard, manual labor work to simply feed their kids one meal … Read More

Going Beyond Beds – Margaret’s Story

Sweet Sleep’s ministry is evolving. Margaret’s story is the perfect example of how your gifts are expanding our mission beyond beds. Our mission statement is “Sweet Sleep exists to demonstrate God’s love and hope in Christ to the world’s orphaned and abandoned children, improving their quality of life.” Providing beds, mosquito nets and bibles to these orphans greatly improves their … Read More

This Is Not Like TV (Mary Jo Bagley)

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At the end of the day, I sit here under my mosquito net in Gulu, Uganda, pondering the events if the last couple of days.  I’ve seen pictures on Discovery Channel and National Geographic depicting the simplicity of the lifestyle in Uganda.  Yet nothing could prepare me for the surreal experience of seeing it first hand. Special needs children hold … Read More

Beds, Smiles and High Fives (Kailey McNeal)

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When we arrived at the distribution site the celebration that occurred was elating. The songs, dancing, yelling and hello handshakes were overwhelming. Seeing the colors on all of the fabrics the people were wearing was exhilarating. Seeing the children’s smiles and hearing their laughter was intoxicating and instantly created an atmosphere of excitement. However, the most exciting thing that happened … Read More