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In any setting, these are “her” people.
Nothing energizes her more than the look in the eyes of those who want to grow spiritually.
Gari is also the Founding Director of The Vine Uganda
which is a community center dedicated to
providing education, health, shelter, and life skills that empower the local community
with a special emphasis on widows and vulnerable children,
The Vine shares the love of Jesus Christ with the people of Kamuli, Uganda
and Houston, Texas will be the site for the ministry’s first formal fundraiser:
Hope-full on November 20 2015.
Gari is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriters) here at LifeLetter Cafe
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday”.
Her Cafe exclusive “Resisting God” can be found below . . BUT FIRST . .
the Cafe thought you just might want to know how an Encouragement Leader like Gari
has herself been encouraged in her own faith recently.
In Gari’s own words . . .
There are rare moments in our lives when God rocks our foundation and surprises us with fresh purpose.
The Vine Uganda is one of those rare treasures for me.
I never imagined I’d be running a ministry in Uganda–rescuing orphans and women in their distress.
Part of God’s surprise is realizing that we are all in distress!
We rescue not because we are rescuers, but because we, too, have been rescued.
Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
by Gari Meacham
Sometimes I laugh
at the things I’ve resisted in my life …
One of the things
I resisted the most … was mission work
So she did.
She started an orphanage and school; which has become one of the premiere community centers in Uganda.Reluctantly I decided to take a team of teachers to train her Ugandan staff in reading and writing comprehension. One night, a young man working at the hotel asked if I was a Christian. After I answered yes he asked if I could come back the next might to tell him about Jesus.
What I didn’t realize is that he was raised by Muslims, and when he brought along his Muslim brothers to hear too,I knew a unique opportunity was unfolding. We climbed out onto a hotel rooftop and under the black African sky I explained the love of God. The four of us joined hands to pray and I could feel the stirring of the Spirit—but I had no idea how deep the stirring was. My team left the following day, but about six months later I heard from Vianey as he shared he was in South Sudan leading youth to Christ through a mission he joined shortly after I left.
Not only did he accept who Jesus was, he gave his life to serving Him as a disciple.Vianey and I kept in touch, and after two years of friendship and mentoring we decided to start our own outreach for the neediest women and children of Uganda. That was the birth of our center called The Vine. We rented a facility, and instantly God began to bring us the women and children that needed us most. One of the girls we rescued lost her parents and grandmother at the age of thirteen. She became the sole provider for her three siblings, and when she finally couldn’t take it anymore she walked over 36 miles twice to seek help from The Vine. Now, she and her siblings are healthy, happy students receiving a full-time education and a home, along with the love and care they need.