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Emily P. Freeman is a writer who creates space for souls to breathe. She is the author of four books, including her most recent release, Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their twin daughters and twinless son.

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  1. I have a sponsored child in Uganda! His name is Trevor and he has the sweetest, biggest grin you’ve ever seen. 🙂

    I will be praying for you all, Emily! The LORD goes before you, and will be with you, every moment.

    He is the Hope that is broken and hidden, beautiful and whole… and completely sovereign in every moment. I’m so glad you know Him, and love Him, and will carry Him with you everywhere you go… you will bring with you what those in poverty (what we all!) need most.

    Blessings,
    Elise

  2. Dear Emily~
    Having spent 3 weeks in Kenya, I agree with you completely. I’ll just pray for you that on this trip God speaks volumes to your heart, makes the words clear, helps you prepare them to share, and brings you back safely to your own family and ministry when It’s time.

    God Bless~

  3. We are as broken shells. Thanking God for His grace and forgiveness. Praying for your open heart to be filled with encouragement

  4. A very long time ago a very wise woman told her young son that poverty is of the spirit. This young boy became a gifted evangelist and pastor of some renown, Rev. E. V. Hill. His story was one of overcoming financial poverty and racism in Texas along with skepticism from his own community that a young black man would dare to go to college let alone graduate from high school with honors. Hope grows in the fertile soil of the prayers of fervent righteous believers. Let us all be those praying mothers, sisters, friends of those called to the front lines.

  5. I’m very much looking forward to following your trip, and I’m sure you’ll find plenty of beautiful shells just waiting to be scooped up into the arms of loving sponsors.

  6. Hello Emily, how are you today? Thanks so much for your lovely word you posted today, it really lifted my spirits… I am a pastor who is originally from Zimbabwe, Africa and now living in the UK…some years ago, my late wife and I ran a ministry project out there, where we grew 5 acres of vegetables and opened a farm store selling produce and home-made jams and pickles etc., we trained 14 local folk skills and gave them employment opportunity and centred this all around ministry…from this project we were able by the grace of God, to start 3 other churches and minister life to the poor and needy! If there is opportunity to develop a project in Uganda, I have the skills and would love to get involved? Feel free to write to me, if you can see potential with this,
    yours in Jesus,
    Peter

  7. Good luck on your trip and blog about everything you see. I finally made the decision to sponsor a Compassion Child last July after reading the blog posts of Ann Voskamp while she was in Africa on a blog trip. There was just something about the reality of it that struck a chord with me. I’ll pray that your words touch someone else enough to have them decide to sponsor a Compassion Child, like her words touched me. Be safe, stay well and thank you! 🙂

  8. So excited to follow you and the trip!

    Our discipleship team is going to Uganda in August with Sweet Sleep, so I’m excited to see Uganda through your eyes first.

    I know God will do amazing things through you all there as well!

    I will be praying that God provides the strength you need to keep the perspective needed to be able to serve and give while you’re there and know how to respond once you’re home. Blessings!

  9. My husband works at Compassion, and the ministry is near and dear to our hearts, as I know it is to yours as well. Thanks for your ministry – I finished A Million Little Ways today – it is a beautiful book. Grateful for you!

  10. The Holy Spirit speaks through you, God guides your journey. We are blessed to be listening to these words of hope you spread. God Bless you and thank you for doing God’s Will…

  11. “These blogger trips are not mission trips or a service trips but seeing trips.”– best description I’ve heard of why bloggers need to go. Why anyone of us need to go, really. Whether it’s to Africa or the neighbor across the street. Love this.

  12. You will be in my prayers . ..praying God show you a million little ways to show His love to all those He places before you on your trip.

  13. Emily,

    God speed on your trip. Safe journey there and back.

    Loved the analogy of hidden broken shells and who wants broken shells? Truth be told God does and went to great lengths to save us. We are all broken in some way or another and it is only through God that we can be healed, help heal others and give hope to an otherwise hopeless situation.

    God Bless! 🙂

  14. Oh Emily, I will be praying for you and all those traveling, and I’ll be checking in here to share in the journey with you! Our sponsored boy is in Uganda. His name is Nangoli Cranimer. If by some miracle you come across him, give him a big hug for me!

  15. You’re there right now, wrecking their lives, having your life wrecked. I’m so happy for you and this Godsend experience you’re having right now. Blessings and prayers for a safe, wrecking experience!

    Janelle

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