For most people in the U.S. a new year brings resolutions, intentional life changes and a desire to have a better year than the last. For students in school it signals the last half of the year, often students in the U.S. are half way through their school year and have a pretty good idea… Read more »
In 2012, a terrified 14-year old girl ended up wandering the streets of Kampala after being abandoned by her step-mother; she had no family, no where to go and no money. She was hopeless, afraid, and alone. Mercy found her way to the local juvenile prison, which can serve as housing for kids needing safety… Read more »
The building above isn’t much to look at, built by the British in 1952 a few years before they left Uganda. I’m told it was refurbished in 2003 at the direction of Ugandan President Museveni’s wife, Janet. I don’t know. Doesn’t look like it’s been touched since the British said “ehhhhh, we’re outta here.” But… Read more »
“You have increased the nation, O LORD. You have increased the nation. You are glorified; You have exalted all the borders of the land.” Isaiah 26:15
Three months ago, we began boldly praying that the Lord would transform the prisons where we work. We specifically prayed for M1: a place where children are left to grow-up in prison. We pleased with God that M1 would instead be a place where children encounter God.
We started small. There was a team of 3 Ugandans discipling children. There were few children wanting to listen, someone was always talking to a friend, another was sleeping, and others were playing cards. It was a tough audience.
And then last month during discipleship, the kids did not want to go to lunch. They were hungry for God. They wanted Him more than the little food they get everyday. Eleven children asked repeatedly to be baptized. They confessed Christ and believed in His grace and power to raise us from the dead.
At the same time, we hired two new social workers to care for, advocate for, parent, and teach, the 35 young children at M1, some as young as two years old. And the social workers had a dream: they wanted the sleeping area to be a place of peace, protection, and love. These children had been sleeping on the floor for almost one year and we all longed to get them into beds.
We reached out to donors and the response made us weep.
One person posted on facebook: “This is ridiculous! My kids are dumping out their piggy banks and I am going to auction off one of my paintings. Bidding starts now; we have to get these kids off the floor!”
This month marks the 5th anniversary of Sixty Feet, so we thought we would take a moment to look back and remind ourselves of all the great things God has done and allowed all of us to be a part of.
When we first set foot inside M1 five years ago, we had no idea what to expect or what we were getting ourselves into. We knew it was a place overflowing with needs, but were uncertain how to address them. One thing we were sure of was that God was calling us to step out in faith and respond. Here’s a post I wrote 5 years ago regarding the urgency that we felt: https://www.sixtyfeet.org/2010/04/13/pray-as-you-go/
After that first visit in 2010, and many, many more, we knew God was up to something big. Over these last 5 years, he has been more than faithful and has provided more than we could have ever asked or imagined. We are confident he will continue for many years to come.
The following are just a few of the many highlights from the past 5 years.