Sunday, May 19, 2013
Our recent trip to Lira has come and gone so you may ask, "where are your blog posts Lorraine?" They're here. Here in my heart. I hear them in my head and slowly, but surely they'll come out and I'll share. Our time was powerful. Our time was both long and short. Our time was punctuated by blessings and love from participants in the World Race. Don't worry - I'll explain in due time. I'm working on thank yous, and budgets, and reports, and readjusting to central daylight time, and getting The Dive Spot classes ready to go, and more! I will begin my blog soon and it'll be worth waiting for. Here's a photo to tide you over.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Thank you to ALL who lovingly sewed one or more of these 200+ pillowcase dresses for the little girls of Lira Integrated School. This photo showcases the first 120 or so and as of now every little dress, panty, toy, etc. is packed 50 lbs at a time in luggage in readiness for the flights to Lira. A SHOUT OUT to Heather Flores for getting this project out of her heart and into the hands of many. Dresses arrived in Abilene from the west coast, the east coast and many states in-between. The final four boxes arrived just last week from an art class in Berryhill, OK. The students enclosed many short, hand-written notes for the children in Lira. Indeed, this demonstrates how we can be the hands and feet of our Lord in serving others. Thank you to all the helping hands!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The pending trip to Lira, Uganda seems both a long way off and right around the corner. It seems a long way off because there is so much to do before we step on an airplane. The trip is, however, "right around the corner" since we leave in less than two months after planning for over a year. The school is facing a financial crisis that grew disproportionately when the bank pulled some shenanigans that I am certain could not occur here. Fussing over it's actions doesn't help, but money will help and I am seriously hoping you might feel moved to send a donation. We are still raising funds to cover trip expenses, but the school needs donations now. Micaela Esch is onsite and working with Beatrice. Check out her non-profit at empowereducationinternational.org. Her former club soccer team in Lubbock, TX is helping with a fundraiser: www.liracharitycup.org. For those in Abilene, TX or who know how to contact me, I can take donations locally and we will soon announce the date of a fundraiser at Rosa's on Judge Ely. We invite prayers as well!
Let us heap blessings on the children of Lira Integrated School!
Monday, February 18, 2013
May is the month. The team is getting ready. Lira, here we come once again! ISC Outreach will focus on a basketball coaching clinic. Approximately 200 coaches and 400 students will be led through basketball skill drills to build the number of players while the coaches will also develop coaching strategies to further the reach of basketball in Uganda. Coaches Sam, Albert, Sylvia and Janet are currently in the U.S. as part of a coaching exchange as part of a Sports United grant. During their visit to ACU, they met our athletic director and were introduced to Pickle-ball by Deonna Shake and Lynn Luttrell. The Abilene team will paint Pickle-ball courts on the basketball courts. Pickle-ball`s creator donated equipment for Lira Integrated School and we are grateful! ACU students John David and Greta will be strong contributors to our efforts as they lead games and help with swimming. We will deliver sewing machines so Rachel can start up a sewing class that another teacher will continue teaching after we leave. Luke, as our youth minister, will lead the sport and faith devotions and lots of singing and games as we celebrate the themes of "Jesus Loves Me" and "God Knows My Name." We are seeking individual support - no amount is too small. We begin meeting regularly soon to prepare for this sport camp.