Following is an e-mail update we received from Milla Happonen of Caring Hands in Uganda:
Robert comes from a family of five kids. His mother’s HIV infection caused her medical expenses to be so high that she was unable to pay for house rent. She ended up sleeping on the street with Robert. The other children were put in an orphanage. A good Samaritan allowed her and Robert to sleep in a church. We taught her to make beads and slowly she regained her strength. She got her children back, pays for rent and has enough to eat. The children went to school this week.
Dr. Gene Smith and his wife Arlene, medical missionaries working for World Challenge, recently returned from holding medical clinics with Doctors For Life in KwaZula-Natal, South Africa. Below is a report from Dr. Smith.
A charitable organization established by a Finnish woman received the President’s Export Award. Caring Hands was established by a Fida International missionary, a Finnish-Canadian woman named Milla Happonen. The paper jewelry Caring Hands produces bring self esteem and creates a source of income for HIV positive women. The award was presented by Uganda’s president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Friday, October 3, 2008 in Kampala.
The trip to Cairo was incredibly fascinating. We can read books about it, check the Internet for a country profile, or learn its history but it’s the people and their stories that bring it to life and made a big difference.
An e-mail we received from Milla Happonen of Caring Hands in Kampala, Uganda
Please pray for Bettina Marayag, our International Conference Director, as she travels to Cairo, Egypt August 21–27, 2008 to have pre-conference meetings with church leaders.
Empowering the People of Lira
Imagine those times in your life when you have faced tremendous and strenuous circumstances. The kind that keep you awake at night, causing you shortness of breath and rapid heartbeat as you frantically search for answers…and find none.