Thanks for wanting to learn more about what I'll be up to in Uganda! I will be serving as Program Coordinator of JENGA, an organization that I came to know and love in 2014. JENGA seeks to share the Gospel in word and deed through community development. In this role, I will partner with the Ugandan staff to oversee existing projects and design new projects.
JENGA's projects are diverse and designed to meet the basic needs of people living in the community while also providing sustainable solutions that empower Ugandans for the long haul. These projects range from discipleship to sustainable farming initiatives to children's nutrition. The JENGA team has a beautiful way of dignifying the people they serve, engaging others as God's image bearers who are filled with amazing potential.
From the time I have spent in Uganda (knowing I have far, far more to learn about the culture and people), I believe discipleship is a vital component to bringing about whole and healthy communities. As I think about Ugandan women who are living in a shame-based culture, the estimated 2.5 million orphans, and the men who are desperately needed as husbands and fathers, I also think about the transforming power of the Gospel that sets people free and gives life and light to all who believe.
While much remains unseen, I know this will be a humbling journey, even arduous at times. God does not promise we won't pass through the waters, but He does promise His presence. I pray that will be enough for me.
A native of the Florida Gulf Coast, I graduated from Ole Miss before becoming a Nashville transplant. Since moving to Nashville, West End Community Church has been my church home and family (and so much more!). My professional journey has ranged from management consulting to non-profit development, with marketing and business development sprinkled along the way.
In 2012, God completely shocked me when He began stirring my heart for missions. Two years later, I spent three months in East Africa, the same place I'll be returning to this year. I return to Uganda fully believing that "His powerful love can make new all that needs restoration" (First 15). I am thankful for God's invitation to be part of His work and have seen His faithfulness, His strength in my weakness, and His unfailing love. All glory to Him who is making all things new.
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