I received a free ecopy of this nove from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.Anticipating the " empty nest syndrome " with son, Trent, away at university and son, Riley, heading off the following wee, Lisa Sanders begins praying about what she might do by way of serving God and making a difference.
One might say that venturing to Alaska with her spouse, Brad, and staying for 26 years had been quite an adventure in itself, but that has anything to compare with the intriguing and unusual experiences God had in store for her as he led her to join Hope4Kids International on a 12-day mission to Uganda, taking her teenaged son, Vaughn, with her.
While the team was based in a casin in Tororo ( about 5 hours east of Entebbe), they forayed out daily on trips to villages to tend sick children, distribute clothing, dedicate new wells donated by churches and individuals who organized Walk-4-Water fundraisers, attend church services with villagers, attend graduation ceremonies for students leaving school and women who 've completed the related empowerment program Hope4Women, and to find children to love and sponsor.Walk-4-Water events consist of participants walking 4 miles — " the average distance African women and children walked to their water source ".
Stephanie and Blake learned very quickly what the most serious problems are for Ugandan families in the outlying villages.
" When close to half of the children die before age five, a loss of hope and overwhelming despair rules your life. " One of the field workers with Hope4Kids Int. told this story: The children beginning around age five are woken at daylight, handed five gallon water containers and told to walk many miles to get their family 's daily water.
An eight-year-old from this village was raped on the ay to get her water for school.
The teacher showed her no mercy; instead she was caned for showing up without her water.Providing a well brings more than just accessible water — it brings safe drinking water and a safer environment for the children — it brings hope! Lisa quickly learned she had " no frame of reference for poverty and starvation that are all encompassing ".
And there were success stories; some delivered at ceremonies by " graduates " who had been to university and returned to the villages to work, often employed by Hope4Kids.