Find It Only Here On Friday: Resisting God
Gari Meacham thrives on teaching and speaking to groups of God seekers.
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. 

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Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“Resisting God”
by Gari Meacham

 

 

 

Sometimes I laugh
at the things I’ve resisted in my life …

Half the time I don’t even know why I resisted!  I cried when I realized I had to go back to work when my children were little.  I balked when I thought of heading to the minor leagues of baseball after we spent years in the major leagues.  I fought the push to leave Colorado when we knew we should move to Houston.  On and on it goes.  I resist… God thankfully persists.  Every single thing I’ve fought so hard to defy, are the very things God has used to clarify.  Through my resistance He’s clarified motives, ambition, displaced hope, and ultimate purpose.

One of the things
I resisted the most … was mission work

Sure, I thought it was fine for other people, but I camped on the phrase “There’s plenty of needy people in my neighborhood…why go to Africa?”I must have uttered that phrase a hundred times—so you can imagine my shock when I was strapping on a seatbelt heading for Uganda.  A young friend of mine spent time there working at a corrupt orphanage.  When she saw the way the kids were living (on top of one another with no beds, blankets, or place to go to the bathroom; starving, stealing, and being pimped out) she said she wasn’t coming home—she needed to stay and do something.

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.

This November 20
is our first fundraising event for The Vine …

and I’ve realized it’s another thing I’ve resisted.  I hate asking people for things…especially when it’s money and support.  But I’m finally starting to see things God’s way.  It’s a blessing to give and support things God loves—and He LOVES The Vine.  As a matter of fact, Jesus says “I am the Vine.”  And I know that where Jesus is good things follow.I’m done resisting God, because it’s usually in the things we resist the most—that He’s reserved the greatest blessings.Won’t you join us in Houston for Hope*full on November 20 for a line-up of stunning speakers, music, amazing silent auction, and overall great time?  All proceeds benefit The Vine Uganda.Get your ticket at: www.hopefullevent.com or see more about The Vine at www.thevineuganda.org and www.garimeacham.com.  Out of town guests receive a special discount on hotel rooms.  Contact Cassie at Cassie.thevineuganda@gmail.com.

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About the author : Gari Meacham

I love my family. My husband Bobby and I have been married for over thirty years, and my stomach still tingles when I know he’s coming home from a road trip. We have three fantastic kids and two insanely cute grandbabies.

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