I think one of the most rewarding things about advocating for the Deaf in Uganda is that I get to meet SO many people! I’m naturally very extroverted so I feel this God given talent comes in handy.
There is a school called Broadfording Christian Academy (BCA) here in the US that supports BDI. They’ve done drives for socks, toothbrushes, art supplies, and money for various needs. The kids at BCA have written letters directly to the Deaf kids at BDI. I was given the honor of hand delivering all those letters, and their replies! Both schools have the same amount of pupils in grades 1-5. Both schools have curious children who ask great questions to better understand the world around them. Both sets of children are amazing little people who will grow to do great things!
I love bringing reports of progress and overall information back to the states. I love sharing pictures of everyday life in both cultures so the children can see they aren’t really so different after all.
Recently I’ve been working on a pen pal program so children without sponsors can receive letters of love and encouragement. There are still more kids without sponsors than those with. However God is faithful to help the doors of BDI stay open. We are completely sponsor run/donation operated, but quickly becoming self sustaining. Will you pray we find new sponsors?
From farming, to trade school lessons, we are working toward the goal to be self sufficient. Rabbits were recently added to the chickens, ducks, and pigs we already raise.
Being a voice to those without one is an honor and responsiblity I never intended to have. Being a bridge between worlds is something I never thought I could be. However, looking back, I see God’s hand in it ALL the way. I see the thread of experiences, training, and drive that brought me to where I am now. I have been forced WAY outside of my comfort zone. I’ve been stretched, broken, and molded in ways I never dreamed were possible. It’s a crazy wild ride, but I’m thankful to be on it! 🎉✝️🎉