To say that life has been a whirlwind since October 2011 when Mallory sent the now infamous email, would be an extreme understatement.
The amazing opportunities, the incredible people and the outpouring of support have been mind blowing. Just when I start to wonder, “will we make her goal for this year?” God puts another person in our path who generously gives to a little girl with a dream and a passion to help children in Uganda.
One day I was talking to my friend, we were talking about a woman, who neither of us knew, that walked into the orphan luncheon we hosted last month, and generously gave to Project Yesu. My friend was sharing with me how her own father, who is not a believer, listened to Mallory’s story and his heart was touched. He went from criticizing my friend’s involvement in Project Yesu to saying he wanted to help. Something my friend said in that conversation has just stuck with me over the past few weeks. She said, “and this all started with one little sentence”. The one little sentence, in an 11 year old’s email, that has changed not only our lives, but the lives of our friends, the lives of our family and lives of complete strangers.
Last month, we asked Ekisa, the orphanage we help, what we could bring with us in October to help them. They wanted scrub sets for all the mommas (Ugandan women) that work there. We started doing some research and found a place where we could get them for a great price. Mallory and I sat down to talk about it, I explained that in order to do this she would have to raise an additional $500. Without a moment of hesitation she said, “I’m not worried”.
Why I still doubt after what I have witnessed over the past 8 months is beyond me. Human nature I suppose. I look at my daughter, and her faith is so pure and she is confident that God will provide what she needs to reach her goals.
Now here it is, tomorrow is June 1st, and she has raised over $4,600 – six months after setting her goal to raise $4,500 for the year, she has already beat that. $400 more and she will be able to cover the cost of the scrubs for Ekisa.
I never know what tomorrow will bring with Project Yesu, but I know that over and over God let us know that He is here with us through it, and He reassures us that we are walking the path that He wants us on.
I am so grateful to everyone who is part of this amazing adventure with us…thank you for supporting Project Yesu and for loving my Mallory, and for helping to make her dreams come true.