CRISIS AT MERCY HOME

I want to come before you all with a great need. But I believe it’s not too great for our God.

I came to know of an orphanage just outside the city of Entebbe called Mercy Home. I was told it was a thriving place with about 70 children, a few of whom were musicians who needed some guidance and encouragement. I instantly took interest in coming to this home to hang out with the children and help out in any way I could.

When I arrived in Uganda about a week ago I got a very disturbing email concerning the state of Mercy Home. It literally made me sick to my stomach to read this email. It was from an American guy named Robert who runs another orphanage in Entebbe and has been visiting Mercy Home regularly. It’s a COMPLETE DISASTER at Mercy Home right now. There is no paid staff there anymore, and the kids answer to no one. They’ve been abused and abandoned by the former leadership. The founder of the orphanage has married and since moved to the States, and seems to be doing very little on behalf of these children. From what I can gather from several people who have watched this place for years, the leadership (her included) had been stealing a great majority of the money while covering up the whole thing. Leaving the kids empty handed and broken-hearted. Many of the children’s mattresses have even been taken and sold. One of the men “Uncle Bob” is now going to jail for sexually abusing the girls at the home (who have since been relocated, thank the Lord). It is utterly sickening. Absolutely disheartening.  But I believe it’s not too far gone that it can’t be turned around. And I believe our God is big enough to accomplish this. No question. Children here are very resilient. If you give them  a little, they can thrive. These orphans HAD been given a second chance, then it was ripped from them. I want to help give these forgotten children a TRUE second chance. If I accomplish ANYTHING from being here in Uganda, I want to help see these children be restored. In the name of JESUS.

Whether these kids need to be transplanted to other homes, or if this place can be rebuilt is still to be seen. Time will tell. But SOMETHING must be done.

There is one immediate need that I believe can be met very easily and quickly, IF we will rise up and ACT. School here in Uganda is not free, and these fees are not exactly attainable for most here. Dozens of the children from Mercy Home are being threatened to be kicked out of school for their last term because they (obviously) can’t pay their remaining school fees – about $2000 total. Let me re-iterate. 2000 DOLLARS. For ALL of them. That’s NOTHING for you and me. If we can start anywhere, let us start here. I want to bring this need before you and ask that you pray about and consider giving (even just a little of what you have) to help see these kids through the rest of the school year. This is a baby step. And very doable. If you would like to give CLICK HERE.

In Isaiah, God tells us very plainly, “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” What a promise! And what a challenge for us! To spend ourselves on behalf of the weak, the poor, and the helpless…

Please, keep all of this in your prayers. Please pray for these poor children. Please pray for wisdom and discernment in what needs to happen next at Mercy Home.


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