St Michael's Kitamba Primary School is located four hours north of Kampala, Uganda. This is a poor rural farming area in the hill area of Uganda. The school consists of 50 girls and 10 boys, only two children own a pair of shoes, the other children come to school barefoot. These children have many needs, but despite them all, they believe that they are doing fine. Their attitude is pure and beautiful. They do not know that they are needy, they believe that is what life should be. Many of these children are orphaned due to the AIDS epidemic and civil wars. Many are raised by other family members or strangers. The average life expectancy in Uganda is 36. Family members sell fruits and vegetables to raise money for school fees which average $150-210 per child for the school year. The children receive one meal per day while at the school consisting of posho (grits), beans and rice and receive a notebook and pencils.
Matt and I want every part of our wedding to be a reflection of who we are. We wanted our passions, our personalities, our interests and our loved ones to be included in this special day where the two of us become one. And as so, I couldn't imagine not including some type of humanitarian effort into that day. Africa, more specifically the orphans of Africa, have always been a passion and huge part of my heart since I was young. Matt has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know and shares this similar passion with me. Both of us hope that one day God will allow us to include some of these forgotten ones in our family. Adoption has definitely been a topic of conversation in our family planning talks :)
The church I attend has been presented with an amazing opportunity of going over to Uganda to help out a couple orphanages there. St. Michael's is one of those orphanages and is located in such a rural part of Uganda that no one at the school has ever even seen a white person! (I wish I could be there to see the looks on their faces when a group of gringos arrive!) Amazing! A group from Life Church will be going over the beginning of September not to spread a religion, but to present the real and raw love of Jesus in a practical way. Not only will they be providing these schools with practical supplies like clothes, school supplies and money, but they will be letting the children know that there is a God out there who is real and loves them! They will be letting them know they matter to someone and that their dreams and hurts are not forgotten! What a powerful and amazing opportunity! I'm more than slightly jealous that I couldn't be joining them.
If you would like to join with Matt and I in this cause, donations and/or checks may be made to Life Church. Please be sure to specify Uganda Missions.
We will have a donation table set up at the reception. Or, any donation can be sent to Life Church at 3818 West 4700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84118. If you have any further questions, you may also call Life Church at 801.968.3715 or visit http://www.lifechurchutah.com/ .
Thanks for visiting us again and sharing in our enthusiasm about our BIG day! We can't wait to see you at the wedding! :)