It’s A Boy

“It’s a boy.” That’s what you say when the baby boy arrives, right? So, if I say “It’s a boy” regarding Francis, that’s ok, right? Or maybe it says a little something about me. Maybe I just see this precious little boy with withered legs crawling up to me on two hands and two calloused knees as a thing, thereby … Read More

This Is Not Like TV (Mary Jo Bagley)

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)

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

Does It Even Matter?

I might have taken on more than I anticipated, when I set out to give beds exclusively to children with special needs and disabilities. Two years ago, in a village called Unyama, my eyes were first opened to the plight of children in this region who suffer from rare diseases, physical deformities, mental handicaps, paralysis, blindness, and deafness. Their disabilities … Read More

Uganda Team Stories – Sherry

As we prepare for our upcoming trip to Uganda to minister to children with special needs, we will be sharing some of the stories of our volunteer team members who are going with us.  We are so thankful for these special people and their commitment to Sweet Sleep’s mission. It’s easy to think it takes a special kind of person to go … Read More

Make Every Day Count

Although it started like all the other days, day 3 on our Ugandan mission trip was entirely different than the other days. Brooke led the morning devotion then we were off on a one-hour drive to the northwest. As we arrived, the people were assembled and waiting out on the main road and escorted the van into the village as … Read More

What a gift we’ve been given…

As I reflect on the trip to Moldova in December of 2011 and January 2012, I’m struck with the fact that I have never begun a new year in another country before…at the same time, I’m overwhelmed with the fact that I’ve never started a new year without a warm, safe, comfortable place to sleep. Oh, I’ve gone to bed … Read More

Words are not adequate

Spending Christmas in Moldova has been incredible! I am at the point in the trip where I am processing all that I have experienced and can find few words that are adequate. I will do my best share a few thoughts. I am learning that one of the things I will never regret is loving people well. Loving people well … Read More

What A Blessing It Is…

Oh, where to start? I keep looking at my watch to remind myself that today is Friday. I could tell you that two days ago we were visiting a special needs orphanage in Transnistria (a scouting trip for us to see the shape of the beds in this orphanage). Transnistria is a portion of Moldova that still wants to live … Read More