First of all, I need to say that the experience we are having here in Uganda has been nothing short of amazing. I am so blessed to have the opportunity not only to go on this trip, but also to tell the stories to all you who will read them. These are important stories. Ones that might have never been heard. There are lots of stories from today that I could choose to tell you about, but one story has stuck in all our minds today. I’m humbled to be able to share it with you in hopes that somehow you will be impacted by it. Here goes…
A young girl stood up holding a sweet baby in her wrap on her back. She started to speak, “We would never dream of having anything this big, this nice. It is overwhelming. We just can’t wait to touch it.” Wow. Really, you’ve never dreamed of sleeping on anything other than the dirt floor of your hut? This is your biggest dream? To have something like a comfortable bed and the safety of a mosquito net? My heart sank along with the rest of the team’s. I began to compare my dreams with hers and examine the things that I dream of and hope for. The lists are quite different, obviously. We were giving this child this bed, and it was a dream…come true. The joy in the woman’s eyes and her heart just poured out on us as she continued speaking. That’s the moment that I fully realized the impact we are having on these people. I don’t have to worry about the general health and safety of my child on a daily basis. I don’t have to worry about having access to my very own Bible (good grief, I have more than 5.) I don’t have to worry about being cold at night because I have nothing to cover me. This was humbling to say the least. And I will never forget it.
Give a Net Now
Sweet Sleep is distributing 1300 beds this week but crowds of people have come out of hiding on to register and receive beds. They will have to wait until our teams return this summer. We are committed to giving the children a life-saving net NOW. Will you help us make this possible by donating at least $8 today to www.sweetsleep.org/donate. Note “Gulu net” in the comments box.