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Anyone can help!

How will you be part of my next visit to Uganda? (Click the photo to donate today!)

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I have failed you –

in sending THANK YOUS, sharing my adventures via writing and photos, keeping you updated on what is to come…I sincerely apologize. I think of these things often and natural to my human state, I become overwhelmed. Your patience and continued support are incredibly valuable. 

For now, you should know that my third out-of-the-Country trip is planned for February 22nd – March 1st, 2014. I will be traveling to Pétionville, Haiti, to partner with Agape Church. Our team will be providing a number of services and fostering many relationships as we host community outreach events, labor via cleaning & construction, and remain open to the needs of this ministry. Agape Church is in the beginning stages and is modeled after Watoto Church in Kampala, Uganda. Having experienced the life-changing ministry of Watoto, I knew that I wanted to be a small part this. 

Many of you know that from February – September, 2013, over $5,000 was raised for my time spent in Africa. Many thanks to GOD and to all of YOU: your big sacrifices of time, money, and other donations; your consistent sharing of my story; your faithful prayers and love. THANK YOU. 

This trip to Haiti is a dramatic decrease in travel time and expense! Just a two hour flight from Miami and $1,500 total – it could almost fool you to be a walk in the park! I’ve found this is my most challenging goal yet. Largely due to the timeline – funds due in under 8 weeks and it will be my 3rd trip in a year. Please understand that I have no interest in being a “short-term missions junkie.” I absolutely do not consider these trips to be vacation or my opportunity to see the world. I say YES to these trips because I am passionate about what is or will be happening there. I say YES to these trips so that I can talk about these incredible ministries in a more personal way. I say YES to these trips to stretch and challenge myself – physically, emotionally, spiritually. You can be part of it, too. 

Thanks for standing with me in all sorts of different and equally important ways. 

My immediate need is the $100 deposit. The next will be an additional $700 by January 6th. Finally, the full balance of $1,500 is due February 10th. Every. Single. Dollar. Matters. 

Lots of Love, 
Siara

A new countdown begins!

I am finally home from my first international missions trip! My first days back have been spent adjusting back to EST, including 25 hours of sleep in a 30-hour span of time………… oh my! The transition back has been smooth and even less emotional than I predicted; the reason being unexpected process time. I am still absorbing so much of my incredible experience that words escape me when asked, “How was your trip?” Know that it was beyond what I could have fathomed or asked for and I will share as I am ready – which I hope to be soon.

For now, my mind is busy with preparations for my second trip – I leave in under 12 weeks! (October 8th) I am planning a Bunco night and other social parties, a child care raffle, letters, and more! Ideas and hands-on help are welcome and appreciated. 

Online giving looks a little bit different with a site update. Here is the new information:
 http://www.gethope.net/global-hope/give 

Give Directly (to someone’s trip):

  1. First time users click “Create An Account”
  2. Under “Give” select “One Time Donation” 
  3. Select “Raleigh” as the campus
  4. Enter amount in “Mission Trip Support” 
  5. Enter traveler’s name and trip name under “Include a message”
    Siara Mims, Uganda, October
  6. Input your card information

Of course, you are welcome to donate other ways – change jars, mailed checks or money orders, cash. You are always encouraged to give as you feel led, but there is never pressure. My support team is a WHOLE lot more than money – I continue to need prayers, encouragement, and others to share my story! I even have cards that you can hand out. 🙂 

Thank you, from the top of my heart, for all that you do. 

Lots of Love, 

Siara

Guess where I’ll be in October…

Hello dear friends and supporters! 

Lots of news. I finally received my passport and immunizations- woohoo! And also very importantly, I am fully funded!! I am so thrilled and blessed by all of the contributions. As always, thank you for sacrificing financially, intentionally praying, committing to support in many ways, and encouraging my passion!

I also found out that my maternal Grandma Helen “Mamie,” passed away yesterday. She was SO excited for my Africa trip and was telling many other people, posting my support letter, and working with someone to help me with clothes. In one of our last conversations, she said, “I’m gonna buy you a beautiful new dress next month!” ❤ My heart hurts because I miss her deeply. But I can also find comfort and joy knowing that she is so excited to be in Heaven. She will always be in my heart and maybe even with me in Africa. 

Not only am I fully funded, but was given $300 over what I needed! So, I already 10% of the funding for my second trip to Uganda in October! I know, I haven’t even gone the first time and I’m already signing up for trip #2! But I understand my passion for this ministry. 

I will post details about both trips and their connection soon! For now, please continue to SHARE my story! I would love to have your help in this way as I prepare for the July trip! Half of the funds will be due not long after I return, so please spread the word! I’m also taking new and unique fundraising ideas – let me hear ’em! 

Trip #2 – Uganda, Africa – October 8th-18th, 2013 – $3,000
Donate online: http://gethope.net/global-hope/give “Siara Mims Uganda October”
Mail donations here:
Siara Mims
2054-422 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27518-6614

Lots of Love!, 

Siara

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

 

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.