Monday, February 22, 2010

My friend and supporter,

Most of you know, I am a type A person and always striving to do some work for non-profits and charities. This time I am doing something WAY OUT of my comfort zone! In late June, 2010 I am going to Uganda, Africa with Hope 4 Kids International. Begun in 1973 by a college graduate Tom Eggums, he has led over 94 mission trips to China, Russia, Africa, Peru, Romania and the United States.
Hope 4 Kids is committed to serving impoverished children by leading teams on exciting two-week missions equipped with essential medical and dental supplies and other provisions. In addition, Hope 4 Kids has multiple ongoing long-term economic, spiritual, orphan and feeding programs in an effort to carry our message of hope through these outreaches. Ron has graciously given me his consent to go and my good friend Carolyn Griebe and Kelley, my daughter, are also going. I think it will be a life changing experience. We are so blessed here in the US and the children in Uganda are so forgotten—many are orphaned because of AIDS and Typhoid. Here is a video you might enjoy watching about the experience.

I would ask for your support but only if you can give it. I am paying the money to participate from my own pocket and am not asking for any help with the expenses. Here are ways you can help if you choose to.
1. You can pray for our trip—for the safety and security of all of us; that we can make a difference in the lives of children and women in Uganda.
2. Many of the children do NOT have clothes to wear. I am making and collecting pillow case dresses to take with me. My goal between now and June 1 is to have made or donated 100 dresses. There is an attachment to this email as well as a web site for making the dresses. Here are the directions. I made 5 dresses in one evening last week for less than $5.00 each. Wal-Mart and Big Lots have pillow cases on discount all the time. I will also host 4 sewing parties at my home. More details to follow. I can also take packets (as described in the attachment) for the women in Uganda to sew. Please watch this heart moving video.
3. You can sponsor a child for $31.00 per month. Sponsorship will provide basic provisions, food and school supplies and are tax deductible. If you are interested in this, please email me back and I will send you a brochure for your consideration.
4. You can sponsor a Ugandan Woman—help with business training courses and put them on the path to owning their own business. The automatic debit is just $36.00 a month.

This needs to come from your heart. Giving hope can make it possible for a child to dream—dream of a future that is unlike anything he or she has ever known. Thousands of children are waiting to dream. Won’t you help?

God Bless You,
Karen Adams

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