This year I’ll ring in the New Year 8-11 hours ahead of most of you as I continue to spend time in the northern region of Uganda. As 2009 draws to a close, I want to thank you, in the most sincere possible way I can from across the ocean and over email, for all you have done to bring hope to thousands of orphans around the world through this ministry.
Sweet Sleep has made a bigger difference this year than ever before. Through your prayers, partnership and financial support we have been able to respond to God’s call to care for the orphaned in new places around the world. And we have no plans to slow down, thanks to you.
Since 2003 Sweet Sleep you have given more than 21,000 volunteer hours and ministered to over 16, 500 people with nearly 200 decisions for Christ made. And, we have given beds and Bibles to 2,583 orphaned and abandoned children.
Here, in Gulu, I’ve spoken to the children importance of using their nets. I’ve also told the children we want them to spend time in their new beds praying to God each night and dreaming all the big dreams God has for their lives (Jer. 29:11). I tell them to imagine, as they pull their covers up around them, that they are feeling God wrap His arms around them in love. I also talk about God’s created of the heaven and the earth (Gen 1:1) and then read to them Jeremiah where God says, “before I formed you in the belly, I knew you.”
That’s the message we share with each child when they receive a Sweet Sleep bed. Be encouraged, be thankful for all of the little ones sleeping sweeter each night, knowing they are loved by their Creator.
I’ve met with many child protection people, human rights and religious leaders, orphanage directors and NGO administrators who have desperate needs for our beds and bedding. Just this morning I was meeting with a children’s services director with the same story: many well known and world-wide organizations have been in the trenches with these people through the last two decades of this war. Now that there is peace many are focusing their attention elsewhere. This means the children have been victims of rebels in years past and might now be victims of abandonment and poverty now. Thousands of children are in immediate need of having a bed, mat, blanket and mosquito net for their “resettlement kits” so they can begin a new life as they move into their new villages and out of the displacement camps they’ve spent their entire lives in.
By making a tax-deductible donation today to Sweet Sleep, you’re investing in a child’s life as you help to provide him/her with a mosquito net and hope through their new beds and Bibles.
I feel extremely blessed this Christmas to have spent time in Uganda with hundreds of children who have soaked in as much love as we can give them.
Together, we’re changing and saving lives. In Uganda more people now die of malaria than from AIDS. The ministry opportunites for our ministry are incredible. However, no love can be shared, no hope can be given without our friends like you.
Make a secure online donation today and it will carry one into the future….the future of these children’s lives.
Thank you, again, for helping to make a meaningful difference in our world.
Happy New Year,
PS. I encourage you to consider setting up a reoccurring monthly gift which you can easily do on our website at www.sweetsleep.org/donate. You will know that each month of the year you are helping to give a bed to a child around the world. What a blessing to them, and to you.