3894 pairs of shoes collected in under two weeks of shoe drive at Monticello Middle School. The occasion was concluded with a very festive celebration in the school’s auditorium. Principal Jeff Scherber was joined by three other school staff to put on a once in a life time performance to the exciting students. Checkout the videos and pictures on our Facebook page. Search “Making a Difference International” and maybe you can like on too. What a moment!!!!!!!
Many times, many people do go things to make the world a better place for all to share and live. Most of these deeds are little gestures like giving out a pair of shoes to someone who needs it, or sharing you meal to a hungry stranger, praying for someone and see God transform their life, picking up litter on the street, helping your neighbor with that chore they can’t get to it in time, visiting the poor and sick and praying for them, opening that door for someone, connecting others to resources they need to survive, and the list is endless.
I invite you to take a moment and share your Making a Difference moment in someones life or lives or community by responding to this blog post. Say it here proudly and that might just be enough to inspire others to follow your example. At MADI, we love MAD experiences. So now, What is your M.A.D. EXPERIENCE????
In 2014 God is bringing exciting events to MADI. In August of 2014, MADI and Riverwood Covenant Church in Greenfield Minnesota are partnering to undertake the first ever short-term mission trip to Uganda. The informational meeting took place at Riverwood Covenant on December 1st 2013.
The mission trip is aimed at building relationships with the Ugandan community of Christian believers through evangelism, children ministry, youth camp, medical outreach, and capacity building. The team will spend time in prayers, worship and fellowship with local churches and christian groups.
In the next eight months, the team will immerse themselves in spiritual, physical, psychological, and cultural training to be ready for the mission in August.
Matthew 9:35-38. Then Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of diseases and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”
The family of Riverwood Covenant church are answering this call to work in the field of God in Uganda which is ripe and ready for harvest. It is our duty as believers to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ through love ad compassion. The short-term mission team of the 2014 MAD Experience in in Uganda is being equipped by God to do just that.
Uganda is a developing nation where many still live in abject poverty. Consequently, it is difficult for many to see past their misery and suffering and acknowledge the gospel of Christ. At MADI, it is part of our mission to support and promote the gospel where and when ever possible as we work in Africa. Just like Jesus, we show compassion for the plight of the people by acknowledging and addressing their needs, which become good testimony to the gospel of Jesus Christ because they see that we preach what we do.
Many churches in our communities in the United States are struggling with evangelism and outreach because there are limited opportunities to practice their faith. We live in a society that is so complacent and passive about the things of God. We have so much opportunities right here in our own neighborhood but i also think that the need is more in other parts of the world like Africa. If you are experiencing the burden in your heart put there by God to serve his people in Africa, we invite you to join us for a mission trip. If your church is looking for opportunity to be a blessing and be blessed by serving and building relationships with the christian community in Africa, we can help facilitate that for you and with you. It is worth noting here that none of this is about MADI or those who are called to serve. This is about the will of God being fulfilled through us his servants. Make a Difference in someone’s life today and let God be glorified.
What’s your M.A.D. Experience?
Two days ago i visited a family deep in one of the villages outside of Soroti Town. There i met Esther and Alice who have just arrived from a place called Amuria the day before. Esther and Alice were brought here by someone who needed help with his garden. The garden has been growing a lot of weeds and he needs workers to weed and harvest when the time comes.
Esther is 15 years old and Alice is 14 years old. Esther has never been to school and she has four brothers living at home. Initially there were 11 siblings in her family but six of them have since passed because of hunger. She will love to go school despite her age as long as she gets the support to pay for it. Alice is in primary six but have to suspend school to travel to this village to make some money to support herself. She has nine other siblings and hope she can continue her education because that is the only hope for her family.
Esther and Alice live in a make-shift grass thatch house currently occupied by a herdsman and his family of six. They spend their day weeding and digging in the garden or traveling a long distance multiple times to fetch water for the herdsman’s family. They told me they are lucky if they get a meal for the day. They were dressed in clothes held together by threads and some not fitting at all. They told me the clothes they have on are the only one they have and that they will have to wash and wear it wet each time because there is nothing else to cover themselves with.
Shelter, clothes, and hunger are not the only dangers facing Esther and Alice. These girls, as young as they are susceptible to sexual predators in this region. Where they currently live offers them no protection at all. The person who brought to work in his garden lives many miles away in Soroti town and will seldom come to check on them. Because of the degree of financial needs facing them, they are also vulnerable to becoming prostitutes. With very little money, girls like them are taken advantage of and eventually will end up with a pregnancy or HIV.
It is because of people like Esther and Alice that MADI works in Africa. Hundreds and thousands of girls are currently in the same situation. If you are reading this blog and feel compelled to change the fate of these two girls, please i beg you to not hesitate to do so. They are desperately in need of your help and for $45 a month for each girl, they can enroll into a boarding school where they can be offered shelter, food, and clothing and most importantly, protection from a destructive life style and a chance for a good education and the means to end the cycle of poverty.
During our conversation they begged me not to forget them when i go back. They asked me to help them and get them out of that village which i was not able to at the time. I prayed with them and as i was leaving, i could see them crying and i felt so helpless that all i could do was also cry. I am hopeful that someone will read this and have compassion in their heart to help Esther and Alice. Please make a difference in someone’s life today!
MADI is anticipating to launch the start of an Annual Youth Camp initiative as part of its Moral and Spiritual Growth program. The program is intended to guide and lead young men and women to become followers of Christ and to help them lead a life that reflects the love and light of Christ. Last Sunday, we began forming junior and senior youth groups in Life Renewal Ministry, Soroti.
Life Renewal Ministry , Soroti, has agreed to partner with MADI to act as the host church for MADI’s Youth Camps. The youths will start to prepare themselves to be God’s vessels ready to be used to reach out to the youths who don;t know Christ. Youth camps will target young people who have not heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and even those who are struggling with their walk with Christ. Youth camps will run for one week at a time during which attendees will be introduce to the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ and as the spirit of God leads them, will be invited to give their lives to Christ and be born again.
MADI is highly depending on support from churches back in the United States to make this program possible. We are inviting churches to join us or support us in any ways possible (short term youth mission trips, camp counselors, material supplies for the camp, Bibles, financial help, or helping to construct our campsite), and we will accept all and any help that directly support this initiative.
The field is ripe for God’s word in this region but there are very few of those who are called to serve Him here. I invite you to join MADI to make sustainable spiritual investments for the kingdom of God in this region. The younger generations are thirsty for God’s words. Their souls are searching and their minds have burning questions for guidance and direction. This makes them vulnerable to the world around them which is readily available to offer them the convenient choice. HIV AIDS among the youth in Teso sub region is growing. Drunkenness has become the order of the day to the extend that even as young as 12 years old are already consuming alcohol.
The youths need urgent rescue and MADI is willing to lead the charge but can really use some support from the christian community. Join us and let’s take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost souls and bring them home to Christ.
To God be the glory!
Last week i had the chance to meet with the enthusiastic students of the MADI Club at Wiggins Secondary School Kumi, to listen to their plan for a sanitation outreach initiative in Kumi. The students will commit themselves to an all-day cleaning exercise including the local health center, streets, and their school grounds. The exercise is meant to sensitize the public about the importance of a clean environment and a healthy life style.
During this campaign, the students will seek to talk to the locals, pass out fliers, and present a skit about the different options and the need to keep homes and surrounding areas clean. The Kumi City Council will be partnering with MADI to support this activity by providing a truck to haul and dispose the garbage collected.
It is time for Africa to wake up from its slumber and start thinking about community building and investing for the future. These students are an example of such calls and it is our hope and prayers that it will mark the beginning of a new era at least in the city of Kumi where communities invest in clean and healthy environment. Please show your support for the youths. They are the vehicle for sustainable change that Africa, and in this case Uganda, is so desperate for.
For many years people have imprisoned themselves in their mindset. Circumstances have caused millions in this continent to simply accept the status-quo acknowledging that poverty is the way of life. Instead of utilizing the scarce resources to make life better, they fail to do so because their ability to think outside the box have been chained in a prison cell of which they have the keys to unlock.
Little gestures like cleaning up the community’s environment by young people is meant to indicate to the public in these region that yes, we can do better if we put aside our egos and selfish ambitions, looking ahead for better tomorrows not only for thier generation but for those generations to come. Then Africa will begin to have the hope that someday they will break free from the chains of dependency and start creating resources and wealth to self sustain. These young men and women at Wiggins understand this concept and will like to prove it. They are the hope for Africa’s future and we can never go wrong to nurture and support them.
My sincere appreciation to all of you who have been supporting and praying for me and the ministry in Africa, Uganda. If you can please take a moment and update yourselves with what has been happening so far by checking the pictures uploaded on the Flickr account on our website. I will post more as time goes on and when internet access becomes available.
God bless you all!
Two nights ago I landed at the Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and was greeted by the warm and humid air blowing across lake Victoria. I am glad I can access the internet today in Kampala as I plan to take on my trip to the country side later on today. Many thanks to all of you who have prayed for and supported this mission in various ways.
Once again, I will join the MADI team of volunteers here in Uganda to conduct outreach activities in the villages and districts of North Eastern Uganda otherwise known as Teso sub-region, in an effort to meet the needs of the poor by distributing items of clothing and shoes as well as providing medical supplies to needy local health centers and clinics while encouraging the youths in maters of spiritual and moral growth. Stay tuned and I will be updating my activities as time and internet access permits.
The students of Hudson Middle School came all out to show their support for MADI. After an emotional welcome and a show of creativity by writing the letters “MADI” using collected shoes on the bank of the field, the students of Hudson Middle School proved to me and hopefully to the world that they do count in making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. With hundreds of pairs of shoes already collected, the students and the club members behind the shoe drive are even more determine now than before to collected more shoes after listening to my presentation. “You don’t need too much before you can make a difference in someone’s life” I told the crowd of listening students gathered outside by the lockers. A pair of shoe donated Is sufficient to save a life as seen in the case of Jiggers that are killing children and rendering them immobile in North Eastern Uganda. And yes they are not “spoiled American kids” but blessed and opportune to be a blessing to the poor.
MADI is making great strides on the ground in an effort to alleviate poverty in Uganda. They are baby steps but a big indication that we are on the right track. Please, if you feel like being a part of this cause, we will greatly appreciate your support. Feel free to leave us a comment as we seek better ways to be of service to the very poor.