These three simple words that stirred my soul also filled me with excitement, fear, hope, and purpose. Weeks later, I left with the first team that would work in Gulu, Uganda. We provided almost 800 resettlement kits to children living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, encouraging them to move out of the predatory camps and back to their family land.
Since then I have returned twice, those times providing beds to more than 1,750 children, all of whom were HIV+, protecting those already physically vulnerable children from opportunistic diseases like malaria and pneumonia. Not only that, but over 850 children living in secret with HIV came out of hiding and are now receiving the protection of anti-retroviral drugs and a mosquito net.
But those 850 children, plus almost a thousand more HIV+ children, are still waiting for their Sweet Sleep beds. And those beds need to be given to them this summer.
I love Gulu trips. They are unlike any other trip Sweet Sleep does. They appeal to me because, simply put, they are intense. The work is hard. The days are long. The stories are heart wrenching. By the end of the day I have literally physically, mentally, and emotionally poured every ounce of my being out over God’s children.
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Love the Lord with all your strength. Give Him it ALL. That is what you do in Gulu. That is why I love Gulu. After a week spent in Gulu I have loved my Lord with every ounce of strength I possess.
Prayerfully consider how God wants to use your gifts on a team in Gulu, Uganda this summer. Trip dates are June 1 through June 11. Applications are due now. Visit www.sweetsleep.org for more information or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
You will be blessed.