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The Gem Foundation

Dear friends,

I'm so excited to share with you what God has placed so clearly on my heart! We have an opportunity together to provide for a safe and loving future for the most precious children you can imagine! Friends, when I visited Uganda in 2013 I saw first hand the overwhelming needs. What I didn't realize was that God would continue to break my heart for these children (read the whole story on the blog). Children with special needs are often considered outcasts, unwanted, unloved and even cursed. The children at the Gem Foundation have no where else to go and in most cases have been rescued from unimaginable and often extremely abusive environments. Without the Gem Foundation these children wouldn't have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The Gem Foundation needs to purchase land and build not only housing that meets the needs of many children with mobility issues etc. but a village! The village will include a school house so that these Gems can have the opportunity to learn and group homes that the children can grow into as they become adults. The Gem Foundation has a long term care focus which is a new concept in the country of Uganda. While culturally it would be acceptable to end care at age 18, the Gem Foundation wants to create the opportunities for these children to stay for their lifetime by providing the housing and teaching them skills to eventually assist in running the ministry according to their capabilities. Friends, we get to help make this dream a reality!

The Gem Foundation officially launched two years ago is is caring for 28 precious Gems! The home they are staying in now is multi-leveled which is not working well since only a couple of the children are mobile. There are not enough cribs or space to go around. They have reached capacity and the need for more children to join their home is great!

Would you consider joining us in helping give these Gems and the Gems to come the right to a home and a safe future? We are committing to live differently....to forgo a lot of what many of us have come to believe we somehow deserve. We are choosing to focus on our needs instead of our wants so that we can do something that truly matters. The fact is that I have been to this country. I have seen first hand the needs. I know the names and the faces of these precious Gems and I know the need. I am responsible to do something.

"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:17-18

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