Child Labor (Madelene Metcalf)

The words strike at the heart of everyone who hears them and have such an insidious connotation. To us, they indicate self-righteousness, slavery, and an absolute lack of value of human life. But when you hear the words come out of a mother’s mouth about her own children it takes it to a new dimension. Veronica is a 51 year … Read More

A Light Bulb Moment

Because of my love for music, I grew up going to lots and lots of Christian concerts. In each of them I heard the artist pitch a missions organization and well, it was always this thing that I knew to expect but usually the story didn’t resonate within me. It seemed more going through the motions and a necessary evil … Read More

Gala & Lillian Updates

A video posted by Madelene Metcalf (@madelenemetcalf) on Dec 2, 2015 at 7:46am PST Thank you for helping us make the Sweet Sleep Dream Gala a huge success! It was an honor to spend the evening sharing stories about how something as simple as a bed can so dramatically change the life of a child. Our hope was to take … Read More

My 39th Birthday (Jerry Miele)

It’s been an adventurous and exciting trip so far. I celebrated my 39th birthday waking up for my first full day in Africa. That day my best friend, Alex, and I began our journey to meet up with the rest of the team who was already in Gulu, Uganda, which was to serve as our base of operations for the … Read More

Open Our Eyes (Tammy Pryor)

Our day began as I stepped out of my comfort zone by leading the morning devotion. I chose Exodus 3:11 where Moses feels incompetent to lead God’s people out of Egypt.  This scripture I found fitting for the ones where this is their first mission trip but equally fitting for even the seasoned missionary.  Each time I gear up for a … Read More

Eyes Opened (Karen Padgett)

Today was the beginning of my eyes being opened. In Matthew 25:40 the Bible says, the king will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did this to one of these brothers of mine, even the least of of them, you did it to Me. I have never thought of myself as wealthy. Comfortable yes. Today, … Read More

The Start to Uganda, November 2015 (Eddie Humphrey)

What a special day this has been. As I write this entry, it is hard to know exactly where to start. Our mission team is comprised of (10) participants from Texas, Tennessee and Indiana, plus (3) members of the incredible Sweet Sleep Staff. A personal sidebar real quick, this is my fourth consecutive year to travel to this dear African … Read More

Hopes, Fears, and the Love of a Perfect Savior (Lannette Burlingame)

There are so many words which travel through my mind as I reflect on my experiences in Moldova. As our team interacts with the children and adults here at our “first of its kind” summer camp in the beautiful southern region of Moldova, two words stand out in my mind…hope and fear. People hope for many things in their lifetime. They often have hopes and … Read More

Now That You Know

I’ll never forget my first mission trip. It was my first time out of the country, first time to see abject poverty, first time to serve outside of myself. It was a Sweet Sleep mission trip to Kampala, Uganda and we constructed bunk beds for 250 kids in two orphanages. I ended up on that trip simply because a few months … Read More

Frustrated & Fired Up (Savannah Koehn)

I’m frustrated and fired up. I have a new passion and a deep love for the vulnerable people of Uganda, and I miss them. I felt helpful, I saw the hurting, and I want to do more. The people I encounter back home have not experienced what I have, and I cannot explain or show them exactly why I feel … Read More