Dear Team Village2Village Project,
Too many Ugandan children have gone through changes that bring feelings of grief, deprivation and fear for the future. Loss of a parent means not only personal tragedy, but also loss of stability…and daily food, education and medical care. Deep in rural villages in northeastern Uganda live more than 130 children who have gone through that loss. It would be easy to overlook their poverty and grief. After all, there are millions of orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa. And yet…these are children, not statistics. They have unique personalities, painful memories, and daily joys, hopes and dreams.
And you reach out… paying for casework staff who love these kids…for food to fill hungry bellies twice a day…for medicine for malaria and emergency surgery…clean water, shoes, school uniforms, desks, books and tuition fees…sweaters, mosquito nets…the list goes on and on. Thank you so much for your prayers, your packages and your letters…your encouragement and your ideas. You are continually there. And little lives are transformed.
God has brought us on an amazing journey together over the last fifteen years. Who knew when the first bag of rice and beans was delivered on July 4th, 2003, that it wouldn’t run out? Who knew that our first little group of nine children would grow to more than 130 children and their families over the years? Who knew that they would become doctors, accountants, lawyers, teachers and business professionals? The answer is, God knew. Like the destitute widow who made bread for Elijah out of her handful of flour and little jar of oil, (1 Kings 17) resources to care for a growing number of children have not run out or run dry, even when we couldn’t see how the provision would happen. He is the ultimate caregiver and has a special love for the parentless child.
Please continue to care, continue to pray, and continue to share the mission with others. Please continue to support these children, for in uncertain times, it is hard to keep up with the increases that are so desperately needed. Every month costs go up…and every day there are more people desperate for help who need us. In painful decisions when resources are limited, our focus has to be on one child at a time. But together we are helping one more…and one more…and one more. Caring people like you truly change the world. It is a privilege to partner with you and with God in this work.
Grace and peace,
Laurie Kroll, Executive Director