The messages and emails and notes and comments and phone calls and in-person conversations since I wrote my blog post about getting treatment for depression have been AMAZING. I haven’t responded to a fraction of you and I probably won’t get to them all. I’m just holding those notes close to me and pressing forward. Thank you for loving me, friends.
(If you haven’t read the blog posts I’ve linked to, I would encourage you to.)
It has long been a dream of Paul and Pam Hunter to do something about the poor health care for childbearing mothers in Uganda. The hospital doesn’t provide anything without pay and often doesn’t provide anything… a bed, sheets, clothes or diapers for the baby, MEDICINE, MEDICAL SUPPLIES, any special support for child mothers or mothers who lose their babies and the care which is provided is often without dignity or precision. Not long ago, they were able to purchase land to build a Women’s Clinic. It won’t be big, but it should be sufficient to offer quality medical care and God’s love to families.
Just last fall, my parents (Dale and Daurelle Chapman) moved to Uganda, prepared to do whatever the Lord called them to. They wrapped up their first year serving families who needed heart surgeries, partnering with Morning Star Foundation. Starting this summer, they have transitioned to building and managing the NGM Women’s Health Clinic on that property!
My parents surprised us by flying home for a visit this spring!!! How we miss them. Along with visiting family and friends, they also sold any of their worldly possessions of value that weren’t nailed down. They are serving as volunteers with their own resources and have not gathered any financial support. However, their own resources are nearly expended and they are trusting that if the Lord wants them to stay and serve, that He will provide for their daily needs.
Now, if sacrificially serving childbearing women in need isn’t God’s business, I don’t know what is. I have no hesitations in inviting you to consider supporting my parents as they pour themselves out for their good friends in Jinja, Uganda. You can pray for them, you can try to ship needed items to them (that’s challenging) and you can support them financially. Donations can be made through Next Generation Ministries specifically for Mom and Dad and the Women’s Health Clinic with the paypal link on their blog. You can also mail checks to the address listed here with a memo for the Women’s Health Clinic or Dale & Daurelle.
I am proud and happy and sad all at the same time. I have an amazing heritage. And I am so happy I was able to hug and see and talk with my parents in person this spring!
Rodeo and fireworks and pool, oh my!