Happy Birthday Andy!

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March 13th,  Andy turned 25.. It does not seem possible that the shy scrawny boy I met at 14, is all grown up..

img-20160213-wa0000 Andy has many struggles in life.. But one of the worst is temptation to give up and believe nothing will change..

He needs encouragement, and tough love sometimes.. One day his ship will come in, and on it will be an employer. It brings me back to the time he wanted to become a fish monger.. and I had read horror stories of all the men who drown, because the boats were not maintained and many did not have life jackets.. Like an old mother hen I reminded him of the dangers he could face.. He didn’t get the job in the end.. he was discouraged, and I was relieved.

One may find it hard to believe that a young man like Andy would have trouble finding a job, but the truth is.. in Uganda labor jobs are not easy to come by. I spend a bit of time trying to link Andy to legitimate offers, and have found none.  There are plenty of false promises,con artist to prey on the desperate, and recruiters who require money you don’t have.

I pray for Andy to one day have a better life.. a place to call his own.. no more wandering to find a meal.. or getting mixed up in the wrong crowd.. I always remind him it is better to be poor and honest.. than to be rich and perverse in your ways..

If you are in the faith, I ask you say a prayer for Andy.. that he would grow in wisdom. That he would be lifted up out of discouragement, and look to the Lord for encouragement.

Sowing Seeds Of Love

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You can sow seeds of discourse, and reap noxious weeds.. or sow seeds of love and reap a harvest! 

Last year I shared a post about creating ways to supplement the food supply at the India orphanage.. One obstacle they faced was lack of fertile ground to sow into, and this is the case for many in India.

green-my-lifeWith prayer and some searching I found a great alternative. Patio gardens and grow bags, take little space and can produce a great amount of fruit,and vegetables. Last year I sent a Green My Life grow kit to the orphanage, and it was successful. This year I would like to expand the effort, to include the widows with children, and the elderly.

givingFor those who are not familiar with Praveen, he and his wife Kurthi, along with his parents, renovated an old building to open an orphanage. The children are taken in from the streets if they are willing, and given a new hope in life. The home is not government funded, and operates through donation.  Praveen and his father are also pastors, reaching out to local widows, and the elderly. There is no lack of love in that place, I have seen the desire this  family holds for helping the poor. ~  Hebrews 13:6

If possible I plan to send an ample supply of seeds and grow bags to share with those who are able to use them. Keeping in mind, many live in huts and tents.. possibly others with ample room can share their bounty with those who can not grow their own.

Please pray that this project will be successful, please share the project with your friends. If you feel lead to help please donate. Every prayer and penny is appreciated 🙂

Thank you so much

Mary

 

2016 Charity Statement

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Jesus said we will have the poor with us always, and teaches we should reach out to them, especially our brothers and sisters in Him..

A year ago I started Pennies For Dreams to help needy family’s in Africa and India. Now I am here sharing the totals of donations and disbursements for the year. I would like to thank those who gave to such a great need. Three readers and the sisters from a prayer line I attend, helped to provide food,clothing, school supplies, and occasional sweets 🙂 to the India orphanage. They helped Andy of Uganda with food and mechanics training,and helped provide bus fare for Pastor David Kissamee who was willing to meet with Andy, to pray and offer some advice regarding his struggles. I have also been blessed to send a number of Bibles to Pastor Yatham of India who gives them to new converts. Pastor Madhu Bunga of India, also conducts outreach to the sick and poor. I have had little to assist him with. I was lead to create another blog site The Hope Of India, and pray others will find interest in his charity. Believe me when I say pastors in India think big! they always request boxes of Bibles and tracts to hand out. They are always in need of prayer since a number of Hindus become violent when Christians share the Gospel. Other Hindus are peaceful, and will accept a tract, or listen to what they have to say.. Praise God!

I ask that you please share Pennies For Dreams with friends and family. This year I have added Pastor David of the Iganga Center, it is my hope to build the charity and be a greater assistance to the needs of others.   The Bible teaches if we give to others in need, we will be blessed!  Luke 6:38 

Donations total 501.40 for the year 2016- We all thank you!

Amazon India orders total 545.07  these items were sent to the orphanage,there is no government aid, and they rely on outside donations. Also items for Pastor Yatham to assist in street outreach.

Western Union total for 2016 was 694.78  money sent to Andy of Uganda, the India orphanage, and Pastor David Kissame of Uganda.

Thank you for taking the time to read my charity update, and pray 2017 will be another  great year of giving! 🙂

 

Iganga Bound For Chicago!

Pastor David Kisaam­e has been awarded a scholarship to attend a pro-life training conference. Would you please share the need? 

David is passionate about saving children from abortion. He works with others at Iganga Pregnancy Center, providing counseling and aid to woman. He has been selected for a scholarship to attend the He­artbeat International conference in Chicago this April. David is so excited to have been chosen for this event, and also very thankful to God.

Heartbeat International is a network of pro-life pregnancy centers founded in 1971,and  has grown to be the largest network in the world. Heartbeat has nearly 1,900 affiliated pregnancy help ministries including pre­gnancy help medical clinics,resource centers, maternity homes,and adoption agencies in more than 45 countries.

The scholarship includes training, and the opportunity to connect with other pro-life ministries who are attending. The information learned during this conference can help improve working with those in crisis. Iganga operates without government funding, and depends upon donations. I am asking if you would please consider helping Pastor David Kisaame raise the money needed for his airfare.

Please pray for the need to be met, and for safety to those who will be traveling and attending the conference. Please share the need with others in your social network.

Thank you 🙂

Iganga Uganda Update

Good news coming out of Iganga Pregnancy Center !

Some woman become fearful when they are exspecting a child. Regardless of their age or marital status, many are told abortion is their best option.

Iganga offers hope and counseling to those who must face a decision, and need good guidance. Young woman are sent away from their home and feel rejected and confused, Iganga offers them hope. When married couples already have children,thy are advised by doctors that aborting is a means of child spacing. Iganga offers hope and counseling to couples, who would otherwise abort. At the center mothers are given the support they need to deliver and raise a child. They have the option to finish school or further their education, increasing their chances of good employment.

Two young woman from the Iganga Center, attended a training seminar. After a week of learning and fellowship, they resume Bible teaching to the children. Pastor David Kisaame, believes if you train up a child in the way they should go, it greatly helps the decisions they make in life. The Bible teaches the sanctity of life, and warns of the path that could lead to destruction. Teaching a child how special they are to God, and giving them love, is of great importance. Many children grow up in broken homes with no direction, feeling unloved by anyone except the friends who are leading them into poor choices. Iganga does not use condemnation, but does advise those who visit the center, that God has a plan for their life. Help and support are available, but the choice is ultimately theirs.

If you feel Iganga Pregnancy resource Center is worth supporting, please consider sharing the cause or make a donation  🙂

Lest We Forget MLK Jr.

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I would like to ask those who do not enjoy color,to close their eyes and imagine a world without it..

White skies and trees, white birds that never sing differently.. This world would be an awful place, if we were all one Race. Color is beauty,let us celebrate love and diversity..

Dr. King once said that we all have to decide whether we “will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. Life’s most persistent and nagging question, he said, is `what are you doing for others?’” he would quote Mark 9:35, the scripture in which Jesus of Nazareth tells James and John “…whosoever will be great among you shall be your servant; and whosoever among you will be the first shall be the servant of all.” And when Martin talked about the end of his mortal life in one of his last sermons, on February 4, 1968 in the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, even then he lifted up the value of service as the hallmark of a full life. “I’d like somebody to mention on that day Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to give his life serving others,” he said. “I want you to say on that day, that I did try in my life…to love and serve humanity. {1}

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Global Human trafficking

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Would you help Andy by donating one dollar to the Andy Fund? For less than a coffee at your local cafe.. you could help Andy pack his bags and be on his way to a brighter future !

It may be hard to believe that human trafficking takes place every day around the globe..  Men, woman, and children are sold as property to perform the desires of the buyer.. Often times it is to pay off debts, or by being trapped into a scheme offering a great opportunity. Although we must speak out against this horrific act no matter where we live, I will be addressing the issue of Uganda.

1464510137993I have known Andy since he was 14 years old. Our friendship has been one of trying and failing.. but we  keep pushing on. The lack of jobs in Uganda for young adults effects both sides of the fence,uneducated laborers like Andy, and those with a degree. A high number of college graduates are working in UAE as maids, and common laborers.

The lack of job opportunities has caused Saudi Arabia to become a way out for young workers, especially woman who are enticed to become maids. Uganda signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia in 2015 to send Ugandans to the Middle East in an effort to counter the high unemployment rates. However, this was rescinded after reports of women being abused during their stay. This caused a ban on hiring Ugandans in 2016 by Wilson Muruli Mukasa, Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development. Men and woman out of desperation still continue to sign themselves over to recruiters to be placed into a job of their dreams.. There are a number of agency’s who are registered with the government who place them with legitimate jobs, but many fall prey to shady practices.

The TIP has stated that Saudi Arabia is a destination country for Ugandan trafficking victims. For this reason, Uganda signed the agreement with Saudi Arabia to minimize the many Ugandans trafficked there. However the government did not enforce a stronger effort to monitor the recruitment agency’s. The government does not have the resources to screen all the advertisements promising a great job for a fee.. There have been countless reports of abuse, as well as workers not receiving any pay. Despite these reports there has been little prosecution of those exploiting and trafficking persons. As a warning, agency’s have been known to outsource to Oman once you reach UAE, leaving you forced to pay off your travel and housing debt. Many in Oman purchase a maid from Uganda through recruiters, and your treatment depends upon the employer. Some employers to avoid being caught, do not allow employees to use the internet,cell phones, or have contact with family members. There have been reports of maids being subject to their employer, working long hours and suffering sexual abuse. If a Ugandan can manage to contact someone and tell their plight,there is a chance of returning home. Many woman are still waiting to be rescued from their dream job. Because of efforts from the Ugandan government and other humanitarian agency’s, there has been a decline in the number of TIP’s from Uganda.

The need for laborers in the UAE  has led the government to allow Ugandans to be outsourced through contracts, lifting the previous ban. If you are in desperate need of work, you must ask the recruitment agency for their registration number, and search their reputation. There are good people just running a business like anyone else, trying to make a living, but also those waiting to take advantage of the desperate. You must ask yourself, if you would be better off paying someone to make your life miserable, or staying where you are and hope to afford a registered employment recruiter.

I am trying to raise funds to send Andy to a registered recruiter, so if you have one dollar to spare.. we would truly appreciate it. This will be a way out of poverty for Andy who can be hired as a laborer in Dubai. He would like to join his friends who have contracted with Dubai, and have sent back good reports of their employment there.

Please share this need with your friends!  Thank you so much 🙂

Mary @ Pennies For Dreams

Charity update ~India~

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            I would like to thank those who kindly gave to the India Christmas request.

The children were so happy to celebrate Christmas at the orphanage with their friends.This is a time of great joy for the neighboring children who also live in poverty. Feed Ministries gave clothing, plates, and a Bible story book to the children,and clothing to the elderly and widows. They held a wonderful Christmas dinner, and the children performed a skit for all to enjoy!

This family is dear to my heart, who have so little but are giving. Praveen,his wife and parents provide a loving home for children who once lived on the streets, and teach them the love of Jesus. For all who believe, please pray for protection as they are often persecuted for their faith, and for provision to meet their needs of running an orphanage. Thank you and God Bless 🙂