I absolutely loved this stop!
We have been in Gulu, Uganda working with the Zion Project, and it has been wonderful. The weather is perfect, it’s so green and gorgeous, and the people are amazing.
The Zion Project is a ministry that helps restore the lives of women who have been in sex trafficking and girls who were in unstable and dangerous homes. They counsel the women and teach them how to make jewelry which they sell in order to make a salary that will keep them from having to return to their previous lifestyle. There is a home that 17 girls between the ages of 7 and 15 live. The gospel and love of Jesus Christ is shared with all. They are such a joy, and it was such a joy for us to get to know them.
It is heartbreaking to know even the small bits and pieces of the women and girls’ stories that I do, but they have been such a challenge and inspiration to me and my faith because of theirs. They find so much comfort and joy in the Lord.
Most of the women can’t speak English, so while we helped them make jewelry we were able to fellowship as a team. It was such a great opportunity to learn more about the hearts and lives of my teammates. They have truly been a blessing to my life.
On Saturday we spent the entire day with the girls doing devotionals and games. I think my favorite part was when we told them the story of Jesus washing his disciples feet and then we washed all of their feet and painted their nails. They loved it and it was so special for us to get to serve them in that way.
On Sunday we went to church with the girls and some of the women, and I think it was one of my favorite moments of the trip so far. I have struggled a lot with resentment and anger toward church for many reasons, but the Lord is really showing me that I need to let go of that and learn to love and serve His church. Well this church was definitely His. The service was 3 hours long but those people were so excited to be there for the whole thing. It was such a beautiful thing to see them worship our King in song and dance. They even had a conga line going. It was seriously awesome. I wish I could attend a church with that much passion and surrender to the Lord.
On Tuesday we went on a safari cruise, and it was absolutely beautiful. God is beautiful and makes beautiful things. His creation just screams of the greatness of its creator. It was a wonderful time of awe and fellowship.
Something else the Lord has really been teaching me on this trip is that He wants to use my love of the culinary and hospitality industry to glorify His name. That shouldn’t just be my career path, it should be my ministry. I and a lot of people need to stop separating secular and spiritual professions and bring the spiritual into all professions.
I think I loved this stop and ministry so much because my heart has always been so broken for girls who have been stuck in sex slavery. It is a serious issue even in the US, and the Lord has really broken my heart for that sin and their struggle. I would love to use my love of cooking and the connections I will get from working in the hospitality industry to help those women get back on their feet and make a life for themselves. I have no idea what any of this will look like, but I do know that I want to use what I love to help others and to share Christ’s love. I know that the Lord has big plans for how He is going to use me in that industry.
We are now on our way to France, and I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store for our 4th stop. I still can’t believe that I only have a few weeks left of this trip!
Here’s some pictures from Uganda!