A home of hope and love. A place to come just as you are and never leave the same. A place you are instantly family. My heart grew by a mile my first day in Kampala. Who knew you could love a new place and faces so quickly?
The work that is being done through Project Orphans and their team is truly remarkable and a honest testimony of trust and obedience. I only had a glimpse of what Project Orphans was through the last year of sponsorship, but to go and see and experience...wow!
To see these remarkable children in person and to see the care and love they are given and to see where every dollar is spent and the many prayers answered was such a blessing. I was so impressed with how things were run, planned and managed. There were many bumps along our journey and time in Uganda, but that is life. You roll with it and do the best you can.
That is a lesson that so many of these kids have learned at an age they should not have to. Life is not always fair, there are many things out of your control and there are things we may never understand, but we always need someone to be there, to encourage us, to love us, to speak truth into our lives and to stand by us no matter the circumstances.
For so many children and their families, this is what Project Orphans is. They are shown by example day in and day out how to live a godly life and the importance of spiritual growth and unity with one another and to not give up.
Someone to take them by the hand and to show them they are worthy, valued and loved deeply by their Heavenly Father.
There is no doubt that God is over this precious organization. Things that only He can do, things that only He can orchestrate are taking life and flourishing due to the commitment and faithfulness of Project Orphans and its co-founders.
I’m blessed to have been apart of this journey and my heart only grows bigger for this family.
The definition of Joy describes the children in the Project Orphans program perfectly.
JOY: [joi] noun. Gladness not based on circumstances.
"You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; you rejoice with glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls." - 1 Peter 1:8-9
These children have so much joy and they now have hope, support and someone who not only believe’s in them but to help them pursue their purpose and calling! What greater gift in life could amount to this?
Love and hugs to my Ugandan family!
Deanna Swope, Project Orphans Missionary & Friend