News from our Director of the Hope + Sisterhood in Uganda continues today with this message:
Today I cried. You know those full body, all over, really ugly cries. Yes, that was me. Let me tell you about it!
Yesterday we gathered with all the sisters….old and new. Our hope is that the sisters from the first round would be able to encourage the new sisters entering the program. I wasn’t prepared for the feelings I felt when I saw them all sitting there waiting for our arrival.
As the van pulled up and we began to exit, the women started clapping and jumping and shouting. When I ran to great them, I could feel my emotions begin to well up to the point that I couldn’t contain it. I literally felt my body collapse into one of the sisters. It was too much. But too much in a very, very good way.
We sang. We prayed. We danced. Sisters shared their testimonies about what God has done in their lives. One sister shared about how she had never felt loved by anyone in her entire life until she entered the sisterhood. She encouraged the new sisters to be strong and to be wise with their finances. She told them not to give up hope.
We distributed letters and photos to your sisters and the smiles on their faces were radiant. Sisters who could understand and read English translated for those who could not. They looked at your photos and their eyes lit up. Most of them simply couldn’t believe a woman on the other side of the world was willing to walk along side of them and bring them hope.
We are re-working our Uganda program so that the sisterhood is a one year program instead of just six months. We believe that to give the women the best chance we can, one year gives them the hand up they need to truly invest in their businesses and become self-sustainable. Having said that, we have approximately 25 women who went through the first round (6 months) who we would like to match with sisters for an additional 6-12 month period of time. Please prayerfully consider being part of this amazing ministry and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You WILL NOT regret it.