Heavenly Treasures has networked with one livelihood project in Uganda for the past 5 years. Mindy Harrison has been an important network builder through her heart to help the poor and introduced us to Sarah Adams. Sarah has a heart for women, and she has worked with the local community to develop Women of Worth. This story is truly one of Changed Lives.
In February 2012, The Adams family left Uganda as Sarah’s WOW ministry is now strong and
able to flourish on its own, without depending on her. That is no small
success, by the way. Indeed Sarah has achieved the true missionary goal of
leaving behind a self-sustaining ministry.
HT Mission Team Member Christine Mossman went to Uganda in 2010 and here's her story...
"The project that we went to see is called Women of Worth (WOW) Uganda. The missionary there, Sarah Adams,
is doing amazing work with the women in her community in Kampala. They
have a center there, called The Growing Tree, where they train women in
computers, sewing, and handicrafts; they also provide daycare and
have preschool during the day for their kids. Sarah
took us to visit about 8 of the women.
They are all such amazing women!! Most are single mothers just trying
to find a way to take care of their families. And they all make such
beautiful handicrafts. It was such an encouragement to us to see these women,
hear their stories, pray for them, see what they make, and just try to
encourage them however we could.
Mama Abraham uses her extra money to
fund a Bible college in Norther Uganda, where she's from. Ann is very
creative and thinking of all sorts of new ideas and designs for the
paper handicrafts. Amy is the wife of Pastor Martin and a mother of 4
rambunctious kids - all are refugees from Rwanda and who have now
started a church in Kampala ministering to the very Muslim community
around them. They are incredible prayer warriors, waiting and believing
that their neighbors will come to know God through His miracles.
The women made us lunch right before we left - true Ugandan food.
But I must say: never have I seen or eaten soooo many bananas before in
my life!!! Apparently Uganda is the banana capital of the world or
something like that! Sarah said she could
probably think of at least 15 different kinds just off the top of her
head! But seriously, bananas everywhere: stacked 10 feet high on the
side of the road, strapped to the back of motorcycles or bikes going
down the street, being sold by whoever, and a part of every meal!
Matoke, their staple food (it's Uganda's ugali) is simply mashed
bananas, then wrapped in bananas leaves, and then cooked a little
longer... that's it. But it was a little better when you put the peanut
sauce on top (I guess there's lots of peanuts around too because they
make this sauce that's just crushed and boiled peanuts).
Overall, the three days we spent in Uganda were wonderful! I definitely
learned a lot - about Uganda, the WOW ministry there, and about myself
and HT - Christine Mossman
EVERY PRODUCT REPRESENTS A CHANGED LIFE!