Wednesday, April 1, 2009

2 organizations you should know about:

Before I say anymore about our trip and what feels like a marathon of details Freeland & I have been trying to get done since we found out about it .. I wanted to tell you about the organizations we are going with.

The first part of the trip (that Freeland & I will be doing together) will be to Uganda. We are traveling there with Believers World Outreach.

BWO is a short term mission sending organization. They believe God made us all unique & want to provide an opportunity for people to use all their gifts. Their purpose is to "touch lives, make a difference, and leave His fingerprints on people & their communities while also witnessing true changes in our own lives by His grace, love & mercy." The organization sends people on short term trips every year. (to Africa, Costa Rica, and South Africa this summer) We love that they strive to meet people where they are & serve them. Helping people & serving them in practical ways is our heart and what we feel called to do so the fact that BWO is giving us the opportunity to go together and do that very thing really excites us.

Below is a video showing the trip from last year. If you wait until a little after a minute in you will be able to see more what Freeland will be doing. The man talking is Dr. Buck (Rusty & Kelly's dad - Im guessing :). It such a sweet sweet moment when they are interviewing him about his experience. I tear up every time I see it. But this will at least allow you to see what Freeland & I will be doing:

We currently have around 22 people on our team. If anyone is interested in going you should! There is still plenty of time! Let us know and we can get you in contact with them.

The second part of the trip Freeland will be going to Kijabe, Kenya. In Kijabe there is an organization called Cure International. CURE works with physically disabled children. Their mission statement says they are "passionate about the physical & spiritual healing of disabled children in developing countries" They specifically focus on the 100 million children in developing countries who are suffering with disabilities. For example, they help kids with Hydrocephalus, Cleft Palate, Clubfoot, Spina Bifida and other spinal deformities, and crippling orthopedic conditions. 700,000 children have already had their lives transformed by CURE... and their families have experienced equally miraculous transformations.

We found out about CURE and the hospitals they partner with through the Mendonsa Family because they are currently living there & serving. Did you know that these disabilities are often times viewed as a curse? And most children do not see the light of day, being hidden by ashamed parents? I read that (and the verses below) on the Mendonsa's blog. Click this link to read more & see the children.

“I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered, I will give them praise and honour in every land where they were put to shame.” Zephaniah 3: 19

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them." Mark 10:14, 16


  1. Cure International is wonderful. When I was in college, I did a 16-week PR program with them since we live near their HQ. What they do is so awesome; I'm sure you'll be more than touched by that part of the trip! :)

  2. So cool! This makes me so excited for your trip! P.S. Easter is 4/12 not 3/12 for your calendar...

  3. Thanks Cam! I added a little something special to the countdown too... :)

  4. This is so cool! I will continue to pray for all of your preparations leading up to your trip. I'm so excited for both of you!

  5. Congrats on getting to travel to Africa this summer...what an exciting experience! Our friends have an AIDS orphanage in is their site if you want to check it out-