|Andrew, Heidi, Becca, Ricky, Joe|
The picture above was taken in Entebbe, Uganda in November of 2016. The five us in the picture are good friends who had traveled to Uganda from North Dakota. The purpose of our trip was the same purpose we live each day with, to love God and love people. We had the hope that there might be something we could get involved with, but we did not know exactly what that might look like. We thought maybe we could get involved with supporting an orphanage, or providing jobs through farming, or connecting with a non-profit organization that was in need of volunteers. We were amazed at what we found.
|Ricky and Francis from Watoto Wasoka|
At their annual Christmas Camp, they host over 2,000 kids from all over the country. They also do another major tournament in May, they organize a primary schools league, and hold workshops on school campuses year round. They do all of this with 2 full-time staff, and a budget of less than $15,000 a year. We had the privilege of sitting and visiting with the staff, Francis and Kennedy, and hearing about all they are doing, and some of what they hope to do in the future. They are both young men in their mid twenties who were raised in the slums themselves. They are smart, humble, and very passionate about what they do. It was an honor to meet them.
|True Vine Church Service in Mukono|
|Ricky, Pastor Adams, and Bishop Stephen|
|Joe with some boys at one of True Vine's farms|
|Becca with a boy from orphanage in Masindi|
We took that trip last November. That was almost 9 months ago. Since then, the five of us have been working to start something that we believe has the potential to do more good than we can imagine. Today is the day that we will launch our website, and our nonprofit organization known as PUR International. The name comes from James 1:27 which says that Pure and Undefiled Religion looks like caring for orphans and widows in their time of need. Our organization will be raising funds to support families that have lost their father/husband here in the the United States. We will also be raising funds and sending teams of volunteers to support different projects and NGO's in Uganda. We will have a team that will be based in Uganda that will host teams that come over.
|Andrew and Heidi will be your hosts in Uganda|
Check out our website today at:
There you can donate to a widowed family in need, donate to an upcoming project in Uganda, sign-up for a trip to Uganda, or donate to a team that is already scheduled to go.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Expect more to come as our organization continues to grow and develop.
The PUR Intl. Team