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 website

September 15, 2014

Fishers of Men

As the sun creeps up the sky and scatters its energy-filled light across the Nile River, running into the great Lake Victoria, fishermen begin to throw their nets wide over the waters. They fight with the nets in their lap and then, without warning, throw their arms in the air as the net reaches out towards the furthest ends of the lake.

They wait.

 They then pull and tug and twist, reeling in their precious catch.  Relief fills their beings because these are the fish that will provide sustenance for their families, their villages, and their community.

This picture is striking in light of Jesus’s words written so boldly across the pages of John.

“Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Aren’t we all striving to do what these fishermen are doing right in front of us? Shouldn't we be?

We set our eyes upon those we have been called towards and we wait, hoping to wrap them in God’s net of inescapable, all entangling love. Hoping to reel them into our boat of Christ’s community.  Hoping that they, too, will provide spiritual sustenance for their families, their villages, and their communities.

Wherever you are in the world, we hope you hear Christ's beckoning to join Him on this journey of becoming fishers of men. His love is too wonderful to keep to ourselves.

Thank you for your prayers and support! We couldn't do what we do without you.

September 8, 2014

The Little Things Aren't So Little

It’s that time of the year. As of Saturday, over 700 children in our Education Sponsorship Outreach have all the school supplies they’ll need for their third and final term of the school year. Our staff in Uganda purchases and organizes the school supplies, then spends a couple of days passing everything out.

This past Friday, all of the secondary students received their school supplies, which includes basics like pens, pencils and notebooks. They also receive items like shoe polish, shavers and ledger books since they’ll be away from home at secondary school (boarding school). On Saturday, primary students received their supplies. These primary school supplies are limited to pens, pencils, and other stationary supplies since primary students attend day schools and live at home.

We enjoy this time of the year so much because the children come back from their break eager to finish the academic school year strong. While on holiday, they spend a lot of time with their mentors learning life skills and biblical teachings. Our staff loves knowing that the children will put what they’ve been learning with their mentors into practice at school.

We don’t take for granted the seemingly small act of passing out school supplies. We know we’re not just passing out paper and pencils; we’re passing out tools that will aid in giving them an education and a future.

As always, thank you for joining us on this journey!

September 4, 2014

Meet Joan

Joan is 6 years old and the youngest in her family, but she already takes her future seriously. We know this because she pays attention to the smallest of details. Misplacing her school uniform is a big deal in Joan's world! She is disciplined and outgoing, and we know that someday she will make the best teacher, which is what she dreams of becoming. 

Thank you to the Amazima sponsors who have joined hands with us to educate and empower Joan. We can't wait to see Joan reach her dreams! 

Can you feel the love in this video? We sure can! 

August 22, 2014

Simon Update: He's Going Home!

What a hard, yet miraculous, journey it’s been for Simon! While the story isn’t over yet, we have come to the end of a chapter, and this ending wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity and prayers of many.

A few months ago, we announced to you that Simon was in the United States undergoing multiple procedures at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN. These procedures have gone well. In fact, they’ve gone so well that Simon and Anna, his mother, will be traveling back to Uganda earlier than expected.

For some time, Simon wasn’t able to eat any solid foods. He let us know that once he was able to swallow again, he would like to, “eat a whole cow.”

Well, we haven’t been able to give him a cow, but rumor has it that he did eat five hot dogs for lunch one day.

Simon and Anna head home next week and, if all goes well, he will continue to eat solid foods! Please pray for their trip, for continued health and restoration, and for an easy transition.

Thank you ALL for your support. Thank you to Simon’s doctors in the United States and in Uganda. Thank you to our amazing team. Thank you to Simon’s gracious and loving mother, Anna. Thank you, God, for your faithfulness, provision, love, and power!


If you haven’t been following Simon’s journey with Amazima Ministries, we encourage you to read former posts on our blog and Facebook page:

June 27, 2013 →
July 8, 2013 →
December 8, 2013 →
July 23, 2014 →