Sonja and I want to invite you to come with us to Uganda this spring.
You should come.
We've been praying about this trip for a while. We've been asking ourselves, how do you bring a group of Americans to Uganda in a way that is economical, wise, and faithful?
We're not totally sure.
We want to be clear about a couple of things though: it is not our orphanage, and this is not a mission trip.
It is easy to slip and say things like, our orphanage. It is too easy.
But here is what we believe: All of the good and beautiful things happening at Raising Up Hope in Uganda, from the very beginning until today, are not ours. They were thought up and carried out by Ugandans who wanted, who needed to care for their own. We have gotten to be a part of that and it has been a blessing for us and hopefully for the staff and kids at RUHU. But we won't ever 'work' at the orphanage. It is not our orphanage, and we are committed to keeping it that way.
And this isn't a mission trip. It never has been. This is a trip to see some dear friends that we love.
We love them, and we must see them. And over the past few years, you have grown to love them too. And so you must see them.
Many of you have been sponsoring one of the children in Uganda for 3 years now. You are paying for their food, and you are sending them to school.
You have had pictures tacked on your fridge and the kids have had your pictures tucked under their foam mattresses.
You have written letters about your family and how the weather is.
And you have received letters from them.
"My best color is blue.
My best friend is Rachel.
My best subject is English.
I love you so much my dearest mom.
Thank you for the school fees. I miss you so much.
When will you come to Uganda?"
When will you come to Uganda?
You should come with us this spring.
We are aiming for the end of April or the beginning of May, but dates aren't final. So email us if you are interested in coming and we will give you more details.
You will not,
will not regret it.
Thank you for your continued support,
Caleb and Sonja