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Charcoal = A spark of HOPE

CHARCOAL = A SPARK OF HOPE

Most of us are familiar with this sign, right?
What if you were lame and struggled to walk?

What if you could not utilize restroom facilities because of the lack of walking ramps and hand rails? In the United States, these are requirements for public restrooms or businesses. This is not the case in Uganda.

The new school year in Uganda has just started and our boarding school students have just returned to their school. That is, everyone but Edward.

So our team began to investigate.
Edward has been a part of the SMI sponsorship program since 2005.
We discovered that Edward’s mother is lame. Although a local church had helped provide a place for them to live, the bathroom facilities in the home were not suited for someone who struggles to walk. There weren’t  walking ramps or handrails to assist her. Edward had been aiding his mother during the past holiday break. She didn’t feel that she could survive if Edward were to return to school. She couldn’t see a solution if he left. As our team pondered our options, we came up with a plan!

SPONSORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP

Our goal in sponsorship is PARTNERSHIP. We believe everyone is created with a purpose. Sometimes, children and their guardians just need a jump start to be able to step into living their life on purpose. Because of the support of Show Mercy Sponsors, we were able do just that with Edward’s mom, Annette.

Edward’s mom, Annette
Our team knew we needed to help find a different place for Edward and Annette to live, but we weren’t sure how they would afford it. That’s when we decided to invest in a business. SMI is walking alongside Edward’s mom to help her start a charcoal business. We purchased her first bags of charcoal and built a shed for her to keep the charcoal safe and dry. We also paid for a better-suited place for her to live. This new home has an easily accessible bathroom.

Because she is now in a new home and is able to comfortably get around, Edward was able to return to school!

CHARCOAL! It’s the spark of hope Edward’s mom
needed to step towards self sustainability.

Sponsorship and Partnership! 

Typical Bag of Charcoal in Uganda
Typical Charcoal Cooking Stove in Uganda

We believe Annette will be able to sell her charcoal, reinvest in her business, and pay for her rent and necessities. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with families like Edward’s to build not only stronger individuals, but also stronger communities.

These are the ripple effects of child sponsorship.

This is reaching out in love.

If you aren’t already a part of our Family of Sponsors, we invite you to sponsor a child today. Your monthly gift of $35 a month will help not only with the expenses of education, medical care, weekly gatherings called Say No to Hunger (a hearty nutritious meal is served and training/relationship happens), but you will also be investing in the families who care for the children in our program.

Our passion is to see a village transformed
by love, partnership and perseverance.

A BIG THANK YOU to those who are already investing
in Show Mercy and the lives of so many people. 

SPONSOR A CHILD TODAY
Click the child’s photo to learn more of their story!

 

Keys to a bright future!

Jeremiah has the keys to a bright future!

(please take a moment to watch the video above)
He has always dreamed of playing piano, and you’ve helped to make that possible.

Sponsorship with Show Mercy is more than just helping children with basic necessities and education. Our passion at SMI is to inspire these children to live on purpose.

Did you watch the video? That’s Jeremiah (now he calls himself Joel). He’s been in our sponsorship program since he was 7. He is now 18 years old, and he is in S4 (equivalent to a sophomore in high school). As we’ve watched Jeremiah grow up, we’ve discovered his passion for music. We would notice Jeremiah taking every opportunity he could to play the church keyboard. One day as we listened to Jeremiah play, we were in awe of the music only to find out it was his original masterpiece!

Jeremiah has a dream to play music that will inspire others! Because of sponsorship, he has an opportunity to pursue this dream.

He has been attending lessons 3 times a week since December, and as you can see (in the above video), he is incredibly gifted!

We want to say THANK YOU to Jeremiah’s sponsors who have
helped to make this dream possible.

Sponsorship with Show Mercy truly impacts the life
of every child in our program.
Interested in sponsoring a child?

LEARN MORE ABOUT SPONSORSHIP

VIEW CHILDREN IN NEED OF SPONSORSHIP

 

Update on Pastor George

Pastor George’s family along with some SMI sponsored children.

Pastor George is in need of our help…

Click to watch the video below.

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UPDATE ON PASTOR GEORGE

[ If you missed our first update on Pastor George, please READ HERE. ]

Pastor George has been suffering from pain in his throat, which has intensified over the past few months. A recent biopsy determined that the tumor in his throat is cancerous. However, the doctor is saying that it has not spread to any other area of his body. This week, George underwent surgery to insert a feeding tube into his stomach as he is unable to swallow adequately at this point.

Once he is able to build some strength, then they will be referred to the Cancer Institute for future treatment of the tumor. At this point, it is too dangerous to remove the tumor surgically, so they will look for alternative treatment.

As Show Mercy, we are dedicated to helping George and his family through this difficult time.


Thank you to all who have donated toward Pastor George’s care. We are so thankful.

We are still working on raising support to help Pastor George and his family during this difficult time. The journey toward treatment is just beginning. Please consider investing into George’s medical fund.

We ask that you keep Pastor George and his
family in your prayers.

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 If funds surpass George’s expenses (after all treatments/surgeries),

they will go to support the SMI Medical Clinic.

 

Pastor George needs our help!

Pastor George is in need of our help…

Click to watch the video below.

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For many months, Pastor George has been struggling with an unknown illness…

If you’ve met Pastor George and his family, you know how special they are. Show Mercy has partnered with George for many years. He is the pastor of a local church in Kaliti Village, where we do many outreaches. Him and his wife, Margaret, have 9 children of their own. They have also taken in four additional children who were in need of care. Their life is a beautiful picture of sacrifice and dedication to God.

George has been struggling with pain in his throat for many months, but it had increased beginning in November. Once we heard about his situation, Show Mercy stepped in to help. Because of your support, George was able to the specialist needed to assess his situation. A scan revealed has a large tumor in his esophagus. He will have a biopsy done in the coming weeks to determine if the tumor is benign or cancerous. This will determine the course of treatment going forward.

As Show Mercy, we are dedicated to helping George and his family through this difficult time. Last week, we were able to enroll six of their children into a local boarding school. This will help to ease the workload for Margaret at home.

We are asking for you to partner with us in finances and in prayer.
Will you step in to help this family?

GIVE NOW

 If funds surpass George’s expenses (after all treatments/surgeries),

they will go to support the SMI Medical Clinic.

 

We would like you to meet our miracle!

We would like you to meet Baby Miracle

Are you wondering how baby Miracle received his name?

We met Miracle back in November. A woman from the local village brought him into the Show Mercy Medical Clinic. He was about one week old, dehydrated, and underweight. The woman who brought him, Juliet, told us his story.

Miracle’s mother went into labor early. She was without access to proper medical care. She had complications while delivering Miracle and his twin sister. Unfortunately, Miracle’s mother and his twin sister both passed away during labor. Miracle’s father, overwhelmed by grief, refused to care for Miracle. A good friend of Miracle’s mother decided to step in and help care for Miracle. She brought him to her mother, who lives near Kaliti Village (close to our base). Her mother, Juliet, took Miracle in with open arms. Although she doesn’t have much, she took compassion on this sweet boy.
Because of your support, we have been able to help baby Miracle!
Juliet and Miracle the day they first came to the clinic.
Juliet does some small farming but isn’t able to cater for all of Miracle’s needs. We began to tell people his story and YOU answered our request for help. We are partnering with Juliet to help provide for some of Miracle’s needs.
We were able to quickly provide the formula Miracle was in desperate need of. He is now receiving the nutrition he needs to properly grow and develop. One of our social workers, Anna, delivered the items in the photo above. This is what she had to say after her visit:

“It was a great privilege to see a nice smile from Madam Juliet. She was so overwhelmed with what Show Mercy had done for Baby Miracle. She kept blessing us and thanking Show Mercy for the kind heart it had towards Baby Miracle. We later shared the word of God with her to encourage her and motivate her for the great work she is doing to raise Baby Miracle. We told her that her efforts will not be in vain. God is seeing all the great work she has done because she stood in to be the mother Baby Miracle needed to nurture him.” – Anna (SMI Social Worker)
Miracle at 3 months old.
Thank you for your support. We are so grateful for Miracle’s family of sponsors who have chose to make a difference in this young boy’s life.


Unfortunately, situations like Miracle’s happen all too often. We are currently raising funds to build a birthing center beside our medical clinic in Uganda. This center will help to save lives, like Miracle’s mother.

Will you partner with us to make this
dream a reality?

DONATE NOW

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