Pray for Namusubo

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Some of you may remember Namusubo.

She was our initial connection to Uganda. It was through Carter’s (our son) Operation Christmas Child gift to her that I had the opportunity to befriend Florence and begin supporting Faith Hope Assembly Church. It was also because of that shoebox gift that her Muslim family allowed her to start attending a Christian school. (Prior to that point she had had no formal education.)

Unfortunately, earlier this year, the aunt who was her primary caretaker passed away. Because of this, she had to move and is no longer able to attend school.  Can you pray with me that God will open up a door for her to return to school and will protect her from the possibility of ending up in a situation that is not ideal for a young girl.

Psalms 100:5  For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.

Namusubo’s Gift – Operation Christmas Child

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We were able to tuck a small gift for Namusubo Kulusumu into the suitcase we sent to Uganda in July. For those of you who are new here, it is because of a little gift-filled shoebox that Carter (my oldest son) packed for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child a couple years ago that 500 Dresses made a connection with a church in Iganga, Uganda. That connection ultimately led to shipping a suitcase stuffed with dresses, shorts and sewing supplies.

Florence (Pastor’s wife at Faith Power Assembly Church in Iganga) was so sweet to take this photo of Namusubo receiving her journal and gel pens.

If you have never taken part in Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, I urge you to consider it. You never know who might receive your gift. Maybe a little girl in Uganda, whose family’s eyes will be opened to the love of Christ.

 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

All Because of a Little Shoebox

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If I remember right, the box contained a calculator, a notebook, pencils, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a white t-shirt, a couple washcloths, soap, a ball and candy.

Nothing amazing. Just some things the boys picked out.

Each year since Carter and Owen were toddlers, we have been taking part in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child ministry. I take them on a little shopping trip and we pick out items to be sent to a needy child somewhere in the world. (The first few years this was a quite painful experience, and more than one Harms child has left the store in tears, but I won’t go into the selfishness of my offspring right now.)

Over the course of time, filling those shoe-boxes  has been a great exercise in teaching my children to think beyond themselves.

But this year one of those shoe-boxes turned into so much more than the items that filled it.

Namusubo Kulusumu is a 12 year old girl from Uganda.

She has a pet cat.

She likes to play netball.

When she grows up she wants to be a doctor.

And because Carter sent her a shoebox, she learned about Jesus.

We received a handwritten letter from Namusubo months after the shoeboxes were sent. At the bottom of the letter was the email address of a woman named Florence, the wife of the Pastor of the church through whom the boxes were distributed.

I have since been in contact with Florence, and through her have also received more info and photos.

Through our correspondence, I have realized that 500 Dresses has an opportunity to bless this Ugandan village in a tangible way.  I am now in the process of figuring out how to most economically ship dresses and possibly some sewing supplies to the African country.

How amazing is that?!? Seriously, it was just a shoe-box.  It was a few minutes of our time and a few of our dollars. But in God’s plan it was more.

Thank you Jesus for showing me over and over again that you use our simple acts of obedience to do amazing things.  All we have to do is focus on you and watch you work.

(I plan to get the spring shipment off to Haiti before focusing on Uganda, but I just wanted to share what’s on the horizon.)