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Anyone can help!

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Exciting News!

On Sunday afternoon, our team had their monthly Uganda meeting. This one, though, was FULL of great changes and a fantastic guest! Our special guest was Pastor Doug Stride, who recently moved with his family back to the States after serving with Watoto for over 7 years! He shared a very small portion of his story while helping us understand and prepare for the Ugandan culture. His passion for the ministry is contagious. Pastor Doug now serves at Hope Community Church as the Executive Pastor for Expansion and Outreach! We are blessed to have him and his family. What a treat to have a person with first-hand knowledge of the ministry we are serving all the way in Uganda! 

I found his Watoto farewell video here.

You may remember that the purpose of my team’s trip to Uganda was to build staff housing for the Watoto Childcare Ministry. I mentioned in a prior blog post that I am not a builder, BUT I am ready to serve and recognize the importance of housing for this intentional ministry that cares for the hurting women and children of Uganda. Not only will we spend our time building, but now, we get to love on the mums and children of the Watoto villages!!! Previously, we would have little time to visit. Now, we have DAYS dedicated to hanging out with these beautiful people. If you know me, you can only imagine how I danced and applauded the news! We will have a Field Day and a separate Carnival with Crafts Day for the children; additionally, the women on our team will have the wonderful opportunity to love and pamper the Watoto Mums who care for these children! (Women -many of whom have lost work, husbands, children, family- are given a home with up to 8 children who have similar stories of loss and pain. Women and children who have lost their families are given families and those children are raised as future leaders of Uganda.)

The April Uganda team just got back from a trip where the men spent time building and the women ministered to and pampered the Mums. It was such a hit with the villages that they’ve made our trip a hybrid of that! How WONDERFUL! I’ve borrowed pictures from the Global Hope blog to give you an idea of what we’ll be doing. 

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The beautiful team of 17 from Hope Community Church in Uganda April 2-12, 2013

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Part of the team working hard building for Watoto! 

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The other part ministering to the women of the Watoto village.

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And also spending much needed time pampering these Mums with manicures & pedicures! Most ministry groups come for the children and don’t spend much time with the mums. Our team of godly ladies spent quality time listening, sharing God’s Word, and simply loving on the women. They were able to truly relax and that was exciting for the team to see.

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Of course, they did spend time loving on the children, too! This is Kimberly Baker, loving on a Watoto Baby! 

Following this team’s journey, hearing their stories, seeing their pictures…every moment makes my future journey so REAL! My passion and excitement for this trip continues to grow. THANK YOU, “April Team,” for doing a fantastic job and loving on the “July Team” as we prepare to go! 

FUNDRAISING UPDATE!: 
I am at $1,545 of $3,000! I am so blessed and excited to have crossed the 50% line!! THANK YOU, SUPPORTERS! My deadline to have a minimum of $2,200 is Mon. May 20th. Without this amount, I cannot purchase my ticket in time to go. Thank you for helping me reach my goals! Donate online here. Or, send checks made payable to Hope Community Church with “Siara Mims, Uganda, July” on the memo line here: 
Siara Mims
2054-422 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27518-6614

I will be hosting another fundraising party in May in addition to a hosting a yard sale! You can help by donating items, time, or shopping! 

Thank you, from the bottom of my soul, for every single penny, encouraging word, and help along the way. I am honored to have you join my journey! 

Lots of Love, 
Siara

 

Details

A few reminders! 
~The quickest and easiest way for you to give is online! Steps are below. 
~I can accept check, cash, or change anytime, just be sure to include your name and address for tax-deduction purposes (or let me know if you don’t want a tax receipt)!
 ~Any money raised beyond my goal of $3,000/trip need will go toward Global Hope ministries. If you’d like to help with the cost of passport or immunizations, please do! Just know that those donations will be separate and cannot qualify for a tax-deduction, sorry. (But it is MUCH appreciated, trust me.) 

~Some friends and I are hosting a Thirty-One + Wine Tasting party in April! More information to come! 

Online Giving (currently debit cards only)
Super easy! Visit http://gethope.net/global-hope/give which takes you to https://app.mygivingsolutions.com/landing.aspx?cid=49

Give Directly (to someone’s trip):

  • Select “Raleigh” as location and “Mission Trip Support” as the fund. Enter your amount and check “One Time Donation”
  • Check the “In memory/honor of” box
  • In the “First Name” field enter the traveler’s full name (i.e., Siara Mims)
  • In the “Last Name” field enter trip location and travel date (i.e., Uganda, July 2013)

Thank you. More than I could ever put into words, thank you. Thank you for being proud of me, for encouraging me, for the tight hugs, for the concern, for the sacrificial donations, for attending my shindigs, for not hiding my social media posts, for reading my blog, for sharing your business profits, for opening your homes, for sharing ideas, for being excited with me, for sharing my blog, for not discouraging me, for sending me mail, for LOVING ME! I am so blessed, privileged, and thankful to be surrounded by you all in so many different ways. You leave me sobbing joyfully! I cannot wait to see what these next few months hold; my trip to Gulu and beyond – and YOU are an important part of it! 

Lots of Love, always, 
Siara

Indescribable!

Tomorrow will mark the one-month “anniversary” of my acceptance to the Global Hope – Uganda – July 2013 team. In that time, over eleven-hundred dollars  has been raised! I am already at 37% of my total due in May. It is a strain to truly convey how tremendously grateful and blessed I feel and am. Everything is unexpected, yet it goes far beyond that. I just can’t say enough about the support. I am just so very thankful. And humbled! All of you – no matter what your support looks like – you are all amazing. 

Last night, I held my first social fundraiser. $295 was raised with an attendance of 13 people! We had a wonderful time – laughs, story sharing, questions, Bunco, yummy food. I am so blessed to see people come together to love little ol’ me and listen to what I am passionate about. And I know so many who wanted to make it out or stay so badly, but couldn’t – that is so okay. I just love having social get-togethers and options!

Specific thanks – 
Juan and Annette Valdez who opened up their home for my event! They are fantastic hosts! 
Tammy Woolworth for donating two Thirty-One items for a raffle! 
Mya Minor who did a large percentage of the preparation so that Annette, Juan, and myself could go to work! And also for skipping Bunco to play with the Valdez girls! 

Tomorrow is also our second team meeting. I will be turning in all of the money raised so far with a goal of $1,700 …only $582.81 to go in 24 hours! 😀

For more on what you can do and how to give, see my original post: The Beginning of Something Greater.

Options + “Snail Mail” Address!

Hi friends and supporters!
 
Fundraising is off to a great start and we have some fun events planned! Please feel free to join, help, or head up one of your own!

Donations are always welcome; remember that you can give by debit card online, cash in person, or check by mail! 

Siara Mims
2054-422 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27518-6614

(this is my secure mailbox, not my home address.)

If you would like your check deposited before the week of March 17th, please write it out to me. Or you can write it to Hope Community Church (please include “Siara Mims July Uganda trip” on the memo line); it is up to you and your comfort level. Either way, you will receive a receipt for your tax deduction!

Please let me know if you have any other questions!  

Because of Him!,
Siara