Sponsorship Changes Lives

Team 62 has been on the ground in Uganda for a few days. This is largely a team who are experiencing PCM Uganda for the very first time. We have visited some of the schools as well as Glory FM, the Omwana House and Enkoko House. It has been such a blessing to see this group praising God for all that He has done in the ministry.

One of my favorite things to witness on trips to Uganda is when sponsors meet the child they have grown to love sometimes for years through letter writing. It has an amazing impact on both the child and sponsor! The tears are hard to contain as you see them embrace for the first time. Even through the sometimes-strong language barrier the interaction begins to unfold and they are able to share in person what God is doing in their lives. The child will often pull out all of the sponsor’s past letters and pictures that they have coveted for so long. Proudly they display them for their sponsor as their prized possessions showing the sponsor just how much they mean to them. The impact of writing letters to your sponsored child is so great and cannot be underestimated.

Here are a few stories of the many first-time meetings of the members of Trip 62.

This was my first time to meet my sponsor son, Moses and to be in Uganda. It is incredibly humbling to feel like I have given so little, but hold such an important role in his life. He met me with open arms as soon as I stepped off the bus and we spent the day getting to know each other and my daughters (his American sisters) immediately connected to him too. Seeing the power of sponsorship first hand was incredible – if you are a sponsor of one of these children you ARE a part of their family. – Smittee Root

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I got to meet my sponsor child in 2013 and she was not feeling well on that trip. Her father brought her to meet me since she was not at school. During that trip I prayed for her to feel better. This time she was healthy and so excited to see me. I loved seeing her smile and having her introduce me to her friends. We both cried when it was time for me to leave. I can’t wait to come back to visit her again. – Carlin Root

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This was my first time to meet my sponsor child, Keneth, and it was amazing. When I spotted him in the crowd and called his name his entire face lit up. He was very shy, but would not leave my side during the time we were at his school. When we were leaving he was upset but was excited to hear that we would stop by his school one more time to see him again. –Meagan Miller

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“Benjamin!!!” cried Mahayla. A shy boy standing in the back replied with a surprised look and a smile that someone seemed to know him by name. This was Mahayla and my first time to meet Benjamin. He was very shy but warmed up to us as the day went on. We were able to walk down with Driver Emmy to meet his mother and pray for her and her family. With a grateful heart she shared stories of Benjamin and her family. Mahayla and Benjamin skipped down a broken road to the village to gather supplies for his family as Emmy and I laughed at how they seemed to be brother, sister and lifelong friends. God is so good! In my opinion his love and light has shined more on Mahayla and I than for Benjamin. We are forever blessed.            – Adam McMahon

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These are just a very small sampling of the stories of sponsorship. God is using this program to change lives in Uganda and in the United States. He is bringing hope to both the sponsors and the children of PCM. If you want to be a part of what He is doing, simply swing by our office, log on to our website at pcmonline.org OR sign up to go on a trip with us!

But if you already sponsor, get your letter to us today! Your sponsored child is eagerly waiting to hear from you. The impact of your letter can never be effectively communicated. It’s the joy in their eyes and excitement on their face as they read your letters and learn what is going on in your lives.

“…I tell you the truth when you did it one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me.” Matthew 25:40

Hugs, friendships, harvests and bananas

 

 

Going to Uganda never gets old for many different reasons…

The heartfelt welcomes are like no other.

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The children overflow with the joy of the Lord.

 

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They are so eager to share their stories and to hear ours.

 

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Priceless relationships are built and you can’t resist counting down the days to when you can return again.

 
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You continue to enjoy and bask in the wonders of the Almighty God and his amazing creation.

 

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As we walked with Pastor Charles through the banana plantation on the Katyazo land we were reflecting on what was said about this plantation… This plantation was planted long ago for future generations.

 

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“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galations 5: 22-23

 

We began walking up upon different types of fruit trees in the midst of the banana trees. We asked Pastor Charles why all of the different trees were growing up in the middle of this plantation.

 

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What he said immediately brought me in awe of God’s plan for this generation of children and the Church as a whole.

 

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He said when the children are walking through the plantation they are eat many different fruits.  When they eat these fruits the seeds drop to the ground and a variety of fruit trees begin to grow.

 

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This is how the Word of God spreads throughout the world. We walk through life feasting on His truth and as we do, we naturally drop seeds that produce more fruit.

 

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There is a generation of children here that is rising up to make a difference in Uganda and throughout the world. The seeds they are leaving will produce a harvest for the Kingdom of God.

 

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“Those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6: 8-9

 We are thankful for each and every one of you who choose to be a part of supporting this generation of children at PCM.

 

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~Heather & Team 61

 

Ministering to our fellow sisters in Christ

We had the amazing opportunity to speak at the Women’s Conference at Pastor Simon’s church while we were in Uganda.

 

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Although leading a Women’s Conference was NOT part of the original itinerary, the Bible says in 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have”. Shortly before and during the trip, we went through the study “True Woman 201, Interior Design, Ten Elements of Biblical Womanhood”. It is Paul’s instructions to women in Titus 2 that instructs the older Christian women to teach the younger ones how to be Godly wives & mothers. We encourage all women to go through this study, it will change YOU, just as it has US!! All GLORY BE TO GOD!

 

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When we arrived at the church, we met Super Mom. There were only a handful of ladies there, so she encouraged us to pray that more would come.

 

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We did just that! Shortly after we began the conference more ladies arrived dressed in their finest clothes … BEAUTIFUL! They all came in little by little having walked across rough and rocky terrain, many with babies, to hear the WORD OF GOD!

 

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The LORD equipped us in a mighty way for HIS glory!! John 14:26 says “but the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” God anointed the room. He touched the hearts of everyone there. He was in the middle of this conference embracing us all in His arms. Romans 10:14 says “How will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? How are they to hear without someone preaching? How are they to preach unless they are sent?” It is also written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news”. In the end, the room was completely full and the Word was delivered with power and the Lord was exalted … Praise be to God!!

 

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As we reflect over the day and the time preparing, we all feel very blessed to have been a part of HIS plan for this conference. God used this diverse group of women with different gifts to minister to our fellow sisters in Christ … Such an honor. We will forever treasure this memory!

 

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