October 20, 2014

There's No "I" In Team

If it were possible, we would feature each and every person who partners with us through prayer and finances on our blog, but the list would be too long. We have been blessed beyond measure with support from all of you and, for that, we are eternally grateful.

While we can’t feature everyone, today we wanted to feature a partner who has been instrumental to our feeding program in Masese.

In 2012, Banded, a company located outside of Nashville just down the road from Amazima’s stateside offices, decided they wanted to give a percentage of every sale to a meaningful cause. With our offices being so close, a partnership was only natural.

For every Banded headband sold, 3 meals are donated to the children of Masese. A couple of weeks ago, we surpassed the one million meal mark and that, friends, is something to be celebrated. One million meals have been donated to children who are near and dear to our heart, children we know and love and pray for.

In celebration of reaching this milestone, our stateside team visited the Banded offices last week and presented them with a crystal bowl engraved with a message of thanks. This bowl will help all of us remember what God has done through this partnership.

Together we can do so much.

October 14, 2014

Meet Derrick

Derrick is 11 years old. His favorite color is green because green reminds him of nature. While he's not very talkative, he stays active and can be found playing soccer, helping with chores at home, or preparing for his future in engineering. 

We believe in Derrick's dream of becoming an engineer. One day his mentor, Eric, visited his family and found Derrick connecting electricity to their home. Yes, we're pretty sure he has a bright future ahead! He can also be found fixing radios and flashlights and making toy cars on any given day.

Through our education sponsorship outreach, we're able to build relationships with children and their families. This fills our team with so much joy and we are incredibly grateful for our partners who make our work possible.

October 6, 2014

A Story for the Books

Muzafalu is small but his personality is big. He comes to the land every Saturday, accompanied by his older brothers and sisters.  He is sure to greet everyone along his way and he loves to be hugged and held.

One day, everyone was concerned about where Muzafalu was.  He did not show up to school and nobody seemed to know his whereabouts.  Finally when someone found him, they inquired as to why he did not attend school that day. “But I did attend school!” he protested. When his mentor pointed out that she had spoken to his teacher who confirmed he was missing, he explained that he got lost and couldn’t remember where his school was located, but that he did, in fact, attend a school. His mentor, a bit confused, then pieced together that Muzafalu had grown tired of searching for his own school and simply joined the nearest one. We all had a good laugh about little Muzafalu, determined to go to class but at a loss of how to get there, joining a completely random school for the day. How is that for commitment?

September 29, 2014

Signs of Life

There are so many stories represented in this picture. So many stories. The truth is, if you heard all of them, you might wonder how these children have the strength to raise their hands in worship. And that’s ok. We’ve all wondered that at some point, too. 

On this side of eternity, there is much grief, much heartache, and much loss. No one, no not one, is exempt from pain, though we can numb ourselves to its consequences if we so choose. 

We can’t tell the children in our program about a God who will take all of their problems away and make them perfect, but we can tell them about a God who offers us peace beyond understanding, a joy this world can’t offer, and a love that’s better than life. 

We love to see them worship. We love to see them lift their hands to the One who reached for them long before they reached for Him. Yes, we love to see them worship because it’s one of the greatest signs of life.

"Only the living can praise you as I do today.
    Each generation tells of your faithfulness to the next."
Isaiah 38:19 (NLT) 

September 23, 2014

Earrings, Oceans, & Hope: Introducing El Shaddai

Since the beginning, the Masese Women’s Beading Circle has been close to Katie’s heart. Every week, she meets with the same group of women to fellowship, study the Bible, and to purchase the jewelry they’ve been working on all week. We then turn around and sell their jewelry on Amazima’s website. This is their form of income and quality of life has dramatically improved for these women and their families because of participation in the beading program.

We love getting the shipments of jewelry in. We love knowing that we, the stateside team, can touch beads that have been in the hands of women that are so close to God’s heart, and ours.

These beads are precious to us.

Because each piece of jewelry is handmade, we naturally receive necklaces and bracelets that we aren’t able to sell because of defects. When we come across a product that doesn’t meet standards, we unstring the jewelry, keep the beads that are usable, and toss the ones that aren’t. Over time, our collection of loose beads has grown. We knew that we couldn’t throw the beads away, but beyond that, we weren’t sure what purpose they could serve.

But God always has a purpose for things (and people) that seem purposeless, even hundreds of loose beads.

We would like to introduce you to El Shaddai, our latest vocational initiative. El Shaddai is a hispanic church that meets a few miles down the road from our stateside office outside of Nashville, TN. Around 13 women from El Shaddai have been using the extra loose beads, once stockpiled in our office, to make earrings. These earrings are now available on our store!

September 18, 2014

Our New Look

For years we have used a hand to symbolize Amazima and all that we do around the world. Over time, our ministry has grown and evolved in many ways. While our mission to see the love of Christ lived out in Uganda has remained the same, our programs and outreaches are much larger and much more intentional than when we first began.

Because our work has evolved, we felt it was time for the colors, symbols, and designs that represent us to evolve as well. Our DNA is woven throughout our new look, and we believe this will serve to better connect those who support and enable our work to our team on the ground in Uganda. We now have a clear identity and we hope it leads you to a greater understanding of the work God allows us to do around the world.

That being said, we’d like to invite you to see our new visual identity and what it represents. 

Read more about our logo and make yourself at home on our new websitehttp://www.amazima.org/stories/our-new-look