Uganda Mission Trip// Testimony

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” -Isaiah 6:8

7,075 miles away from home. Away from the noise and lives demands. Going on my first mission trip was indeed a blessing and so fulfilling. It was everything my heart desired and God packaged it well well.

From a very long flight, to rainy days, to morning devotions, worship sessions, to water not running and having to shower with water bottles and jerrycans. To top it off, when the water was running, it was so cold. If I could bring a sample of Ugandan water, God knows I will. From van stopping on the road, and mosquitoes sucking the blood out of us, God still showed up and proved Himself faithful throughout the journey. He didn’t just send us but his presence was so evident on the mission field. Every moment spent at Caring Heart Breakthrough Ministry was precious and eye opening. From taking pictures, and engaging in conversation with a child, partaking in Medical Missions and VBS as a team, showcased a glimpse of heaven here on Earth.

Each day held its own beauty as well as challenges but through it all, we persevered through the help of the Holy Spirit. Before registering for this mission trip, I didn’t have a job so I had questions for the Lord in regards to where I was going to get the money to pay for this mission trip. I was a recent college graduate without a job for a year and a half. I applied for jobs, went on a few interviews and nothing amounted out of these experiences. Without a doubt, I knew this mission trip was mine. For as long as I can think back, I was always wanted to go on a mission trip and visit an orphanage. God has a way of reminding us of our heart desires just when we think, he has forgotten. On November 12th, 2018, while looking for more items to put inside the Hope Bags for the orphans, I came across a journal from 2013, where I wrote that I wanted to visit an orphanage. I was so blown, I couldn’t help but cry; so amazed at the faithfulness of God. After 5 years, what was written was being manifested. While in college, I will look into opportunities for missions but nothing really caught my eye. After graduating, when I couldn’t find a job, through a text, someone I know but not personally asked me if I ever thought about going on a mission trip. I was so surprised. So like I mentioned before, God is Faithful.

Before putting my deposit in, there were already signs that this mission trip was mine. From airplanes flying in my neighborhood everyday, to hearing an album in my friends car on our way to her ministry school in regards to going to all nations to preach the Gospel. There was a continuous emphasis on who will go to Africa and the nations to preach the Gospel. The following day, I listened to the album. Only to find out the title of the album was “Refresh Worship Live II: For The Nations: Psalmist Raine”. There were signs and God surely did wonders. At the time, August 6th, 2018, I hadn’t put my deposit in yet. No one knew I was going on a mission trip besides the Lord. Fear crippled in as the days passed on by but when I went outside and saw a plane, I will point my finger at it and declare, Uganda 🇺🇬, see you on December 2nd. I told a few friends. At the time, my parents didn’t know because I didn’t know how I was going to tell them but I prayed about it and eventually told them. It took a few moments for my mom to receive the news but all in all, she was happy for me. My dad on the other hand had a mouthful to say. From do you want to be a nun to do you know the history about Uganda, and how I have to Start looking for a sponsor. It was a lot especially coming from a parent but to God be the Glory, He saw me through it all.

With $500 in my bank account, the amount that I was using to pay for my student loans bit by bit, I was just wondering how Lord am I going to pay for this mission trip. I didn’t know where the money was going to come from but this I’ve learned, when you are obedient to the call, provision will come from the north, the south, the east and the west. God will make way for you and it will showcase his glory. I gave the Lord a set date on when I will make my deposit. I told the Lord August 17th, 2018. That day came and passed on by. I ended up putting my deposit in on August 25th, 2018. There were setbacks but God showed up continuously reminding me of his faithfulness when it seemed like things weren’t going to work out. He increased my faith in the wilderness and he hasn’t stopped increasing it. When God gives you an assignment, not everyone around us going to understand but you have to be obedient to the call. I found a part time job that I love and to top it off, being there for just one month, my manager gave me a leave for my mission trip. I mean look at God. I also created a GoFundMe page that a friend insisted for me to make. I didn’t want to because I’m aware that money can be a touchy subject for people. I shared it but yet still it was difficult. I ended up paying what I could and my friends and loved ones donated towards this mission trip. I’m grateful for the prayers and donations that were made. I am sharing this to remind you that God wants to partner with you too. God is not worried about your bank account after all, He is the provider of all that you have. The Lord is waiting on your obedience. Your disobedience can hinder others from seeing the hand of God in their lives. We serve a God Who is Faithful. He will provide for you. Going on a mission trip is not for Jesus phanatics. Missions is for everyone. It is the heartbeat of the Lord. The cost of following Jesus is the costly. The entire cost of the mission trip was costly but God is looking for available hearts. What is your heart beating for? There are people who need to hear about the Gospel. God has deposited so much within you. There are gifts that need to be unwrapped. The least you can do is say Yes to the call. God is waiting on you. Stop reminding the Lord of the other sheep in the His pasture that He can use. You are one of them. Will you be the hands and feet of Jesus wherever he calls you?

Brief Overview:

Brussels, Kigali, Entebbe

Day 1-Day 8

Arose to birds chirping and prayers at the nearest mosque and church.

Showers and morning devotions. Some mornings, the water didn’t run so I ended up using water bottles and jerrycans to shower. I had to ask the hotel if they had water preserved so that I can use to shower.

We stayed at a hotel but some will describe it as a guest house because some things weren’t functioning. Wasn’t much of a problem to me because we didn’t come on a vacation, we came to do the Lord’s work.

Breakfast: Omelette & Sausage, samosas, Bread 🍞 and blue band butter, French toast, lemon leaf, Water, Ugandan tea and etc.

Arrival at orphanage. Spent 10 hours at the orphanage each day. VBS (Vacation Bible School), Medical Mission, Conference, Spending time with God’s beloved and so much more. We served 360+ kids. It was a very long day but a blessing in itself. Lunch was always good. We ate the same food every day but I still enjoyed it. There were variety of food selection. You select according to your preference. The food was really good 😋.

After lunch, we debriefed and went straight to Medical missions, which consisted of taking blood pressure, weight, eye check up and regular physical. Many children had ringworms, sores and etc.

We were also given a tour of the orphanage and where the children slept 🛏 and etc. It was heartbreaking. Over 70+ people slept in one room. The girls slept in one room and the boys had their own section too.

Every moment was precious. We are so blessed in America. If only we appreciated our privileges, we will see things in a different perspective. We know what we have but many times we take it for granted. People are struggling all around the world. These orphans didn’t have anything. Below is a picture of the children standing on line for food. The line was so long.There were children who wore the same clothes for two-three days straight. The sight of seeing these children who had any parents still overflowed with joy will blow your mind.

Everyone has a story. We all need each other in this life. It was a blessing every moment I got to spend with the children. Capturing and documenting each moment was priceless. I was assigned to be the scribe but I also volunteered to be the photographer. We all captured pictures as well as videos. We visited Victory Church in Kampala, Uganda. What an awesome time of fellowship it was in the presence of the Lord. I am so in awe of God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout this mission trip. He kept us, strengthened us and saw us through it all. My heart is full of joy. I can’t explain it. It’s uncontainable. If the Lord made it possible for me to go on a mission trip, He will surely do it for you too. I can’t help but to testify of what the Lord has done. He alone deserves the Glory.

“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy. -Psalm 126:2-3

Thank you taking the time to read this blog post. I pray that it was a blessing unto you. God bless you 🙏🏿😊

© Karen Owusu

 

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Strength Amidst The Trauma

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Mission Statement:

We’re a nonprofit organization that educates children and adolescents in Ghana about Child Sexual Abuse prevention. Our safety lessons educate children from ages 4 to 18. The organization visits schools to educate children on the topic of Child Sexual Abuse and its prevalence at schools, homes, and on the streets. We let children know what touches are deemed inappropriate. At schools, we focus on safety lessons. Students are educated in interactive group settings with handouts and informative videos. The organization also host various “Street Editions” where young traders and hawkers are educated on the prevention of Sexual Abuse.

Establishment: 

CSA was established in 2016 in Accra Ghana. This vision of Combating Child Sexual Abuse was birth by Emma T. Akuffo. The founder states, “there’s an immense inattention to child sexual abuse in Ghana, this topic brings discomfort to many but we must acknowledge this as a problem and educate our young ones”. The organization utilizes young dedicated volunteers from various universities in Ghana to educate Children in schools and streets.

Goal:

The organization visits school and conducts sexual abuse prevention workshops. Each week the organization focuses on one school and educate on average, fifty students about child sexual abuse and how to prevent it. Our trained teaching volunteers present safety lessons to students. We let children know what touches are deemed inappropriate, and how to avoid and deal with leading situations. Students are educated in an interactive group settings with handouts and informative videos. The organization also host various “Street Editions” where young traders and hawkers are educated on the prevention of Sexual Abuse.

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Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to my homeland Ghana. Today we have turned 60 years old. For the first time, I actually didn’t do anything to celebrate. I didn’t eat any African food. I wasn’t home. It was a beautiful feeling seeing the amount of posts that people shared online on how they were celebrating this day. I miss Ghana very much. I haven’t been there in 16 years. Soon and very soon, I will go. I’m telling you the plane ticket is like someone’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. To think of it, if we allow money to get in the way of going somewhere, we will never travel. Tell me, how did you celebrate this Independence Day? What did you chop today? Fufu & Light Soup, Banku & Okra or straight Ghana jollof rice?

Here are a few pictures I came across online on Ghana.

Picture Credit: All photos were found on Tumblr. P.S. Happy two years to my blog. (March 6,2015). We are in 2017 and we will continue to flourish 🙂

Questionnaire:

  1. Were you born in Ghana or another state/country?
  2. What do you like about Ghana?
  3. What do you dislike about it?
  4. What are some of your favorite foods?
  5. Do you see yourself living in Ghana if your not there?
  6. If there’s one thing you can change about Ghana, what would it be?
  7. What are some of your childhood memories living in there?
  8. What day of the week were you born?
  9. What tribe are you from?
  10. If there’s one place in Ghana you’ll like to visit, where would it be?
  11. What are some good restaurants you have visited?