Wednesday, July 22, 2009 we are!

Day one is in the books and our team is about to descend upon the dining room for breakfast and the beginning of day two. Only God knows what's in store. Before yesterday we thought we'd be blessed to minister to 450 Ugandan children growing up in two orphanages. Turns out we are blessed with over 700. Wow.

This is a massive effort. We ask that you continue to join us in the task ahead. Actually, we plead with you to join us. We cannot do it without you.

Right now we need you to consider what lies ahead of our team and our ministry and stop to pray for anything that comes to mind. It doesn't matter if you are a frequent pray-er or have never prayed. Just talk to God about what you think of. And, if you would, we ask you to send our blog address out to all your friends to follow. Or, you can even post it in you FB status to let as many people as possible know about what is, and what will be, happening.

I want to show you pictures of the two orphanages we're working with just outside of Kampala. The first has more than 120 children, 9 widows who help care for them and about 30 beds (with practically no mosquito nets). The second has 305 (or, as we learned yesterday...600) children and just 8 beds (no nets). I think that's all I need to say about that.

I love looking at this sweet little girl's photo.

A bedroom.

This was the image that broke me. This is where the sweet children and the widow sleep. In a quiet moment this past January, with God and while standing before these precious ones, I felt certain Sweet Sleep's ministry in Uganda would begin in this very room.
These are the precious children who sleep in the "bed" above.

Today....we can't wait to share it with you. Thanks for reading, posting your encouragement and for your advocacy and prayers!

See you in the next blog,


  1. EVERYONE there is constantly in my prayers. That picture of the 'bed' just breaks my heart. I know that each of you are there for a reason and you all mean so much to each and everyone of those children and adults. What you are doing is amazing. Pure God. Love it

  2. Anonymous9:06 AM

    My heart breaks for these beautiful children, but look at the smiles even though they have nothing but each other. God will see fit to provide for these babies I just know it. I will keep you in my prayers all day everyday. Keep my baby Whitney and the whole sweet sleep team safe and givem them the knowledge and love to show these children the love of our almight GOD. Tina

  3. Anonymous9:28 AM

    Thank you so much for the daily updates! Please tell Melissa that my arms are wrapped around her as her arms are wrapped around those children. Thinking of you all!

  4. Karen Kephart12:41 PM

    My heart breaks at the sight of these pictures. It makes me want to rush right over to help on this mission. Yes, certainly since we can not be there physically with the team we will be praying without stopping for the work and love that is being shared with these children and their caretakers. In addition we will be praying for energy for the team to be able to carry on the physical and spiritual work that is being required of you. May God bless each of you with the strength and stamina that can only be given by Jehovah.
    Give Whitney Fields a hug from the Kepharts. Tell her we are lifting her up in prayer.
    Karen Kephart

  5. Anonymous4:44 PM

    Love it, love it, love it! Love the children, love the beds, love everything!! God is at work and I am so glad you heard the call. Stay cool!!

    Love- Marvin and Sunny

  6. Anonymous12:06 AM

    Gapg'...Powerful pictures and powerful blogs. Thanks for taking us there.