Last year I went on a mission trip to Uganda and it was one of the more formative experiences of my life. I knew that I was put on this earth for a reason and felt God calling me to Africa. It was everywhere I turned. I would be at a restaurant and the people at the table next to me would be talking about Africa. I saw commercials on TV, articles in magazines, heard it on the radio and listened to Sermons at church about going to the ends of the Earth to spread the Gospel and God’s love. I could not ignore it.
God was so clearly calling me.
So, I went. For two weeks I carried out my mission, loved on the people of Uganda, spread the gospel, brought solar powered lights and reached some of the most remote places in the world.
While I was there I visited seven villages that had never met an American (let alone a blonde American!), heard the English language, or seen a camera or picture of themselves. I wish everyone could have this experience. Understanding that it takes time, resources and finances to travel across the world, I am out to empower others in something they CAN do!
We are building wells.
Most families walk miles every day to fetch water. This prevents children from going to school and often causes people to drink contaminated water when they physically cannot walk far enough to fresh water.
Try on what it would feel like to save the lives of strangers across the world.
While I am not able to go back this year, I am choosing to take action and you can, too! You can even do it from your couch, grit gals. We are raising funds to build wells in these seven communities. It takes 3-5 weeks to build a well and costs $2,500. This is 25 people donating $100, almost nothing when I think of all the lives that are dramatically impacted, and literally saved because of their access to a well.
When I realized that I could have one less drink at the bar, cook my meals in for just one weekend, or simply not impulsively buy that shirt I wanted, I was hooked. The pennies add up and they are worth it to make a sustainable change.
If this cause doesn’t grab at your heartstrings, what does? I am passionate about Africa and poverty, but that doesn’t mean you have to be. What makes you weep, or makes your stomach turn to know that something is going on in the world that you cannot bear? Let that feeling fuel you to find out what cause you are passionate about!
What injustice can you no longer live with? Start there, then take action to lift up the lives of those impacted.
** To donate a tax-deductible donation, please make a check out to Abundant Life Revival Ministries, Inc and send to Chris Madden, 8853 Oxford Street, Woodridge, IL 60517 **