As I work on creating a clear vision for the future of Kupenda 127, my research has led me to many other amazing organizations doing phenomenal things. I wanted to share some of these encouraging stories with you. In the very near future, we will be releasing our vision for where we are headed.
Have you heard of Project 127? They are out of Colorado and have made it their goal for Colorado to have no waiting children. In 2007, there were more than 800 children waiting in foster care…today there are none. Their mission is spreading…check out this awesome news slip and article about what Arizona is doing to continue the mission.
This movement has also spread to Fresno, California. Christian Alliance for Orphans has highlighted this program in a great blog that you can read here and here. Or you can check out the full article from Christianity Today here.
And even right here in the Pacific Northwest, the least churched region in America. CAFO also wrote a blog on the awesome upcoming events and programs in Oregon and Washington. You can check that out here. I am part of the planning for the Spokane Orphan Summit. If you are in the Spokane area, I strongly encourage you to attend. Portland churches are supporting their foster community, read this encouraging article here.
And finally, a video about a family who adopted 5 siblings from Peru. While today’s post has been mostly about domestic programs and movements, our heart is for the orphan — no matter where they are from. And this video is encouraging too, because domestically most waiting children are older and have siblings… And we need families to step up and take in these kiddos too.
I hope these videos and articles encourage and inspire you. If you would like to partner with us in some way, please contact me. And please be praying for us and we move through the next weeks of changes and new exciting happenings.
So much going on here!!
First off, I wanted to share with you about the Spokane Orphan Summit. It’s going to be AMAZING so put it on your calendar NOW if you live in Eastern WA/North Idaho or somewhere else…we’d love to have you too. You will be hearing more about this in the months to come.
Next, we are finalizing an official partnership with our first organization, Youth Sport Uganda! More details to come on that as well!!
Look out for lots of blogs this week…Compassion, I am Second, and I am now a blogger for Exodus Road, so I will be posting a new blog about that as well! Yay for awesome partnerships. These are all organizations that I believe in and I am so thrilled to be a part of!
First of all, my sweet daughter hated our name until she found out what it meant… Kupenda is the Swahili word meaning “to love” and the numbers 127 refer to James 1:27 which says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (NIV)
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How did this journey begin? Well, I am a lover of projects and always in search of my next new thing…while job hunting I ran across an ad for an orphanage for sale in Uganda. I could not get it off of my mind, I prayed and prayed. I eventually emailed the current director. They have been searching for a buyer for over a year and have someone interested in purchasing the land and shutting down the orphanage. Just today he told me that he would rather that we buy it. I have spent hours praying and seeking God on this. For several weeks, I felt God saying to me…Be still, My child. After praying about this opportunity, I felt a new word…PUSH. So, here I am. Pushing. It’s a big goal with a little time frame. Luckily, we serve a great and mighty God! This is our journey. To Uganda. To serve. To love. To be changed. And hopefully to bring a little bit of light to some sweet babies. I have no idea where this is going to go, but I am going to enjoy every moment and PUSH.