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JoanneVWordImageLargeGod has always worked in quirky ways in my life. He uses the everyday happenings in my life to show me more of Himself and the depth of His love for His people. He astounds me in the simple and somehow, in one small moment in time, the profound occurs. Case in point ….

In recent months, I have become more involved with the ministry of The Lulu Tree, a not-for-profit organization. This is a ministry which works with single mothers in the slum of Katwe, Uganda to equip them to care for themselves and their children. The goal of The Lulu Tree is best summed up in their slogan, “Preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s mothers.” They provide training and help to equip so mamas become self-supportive along with introducing them to the gospel.

Last week a tweet was shared:

“Not only are the ladies in our sponsorship program learning essential job skills, they are using what they already have and know to make more! These are beet roots that Amina grew around the church property they are currently staying on.”


That night, my husband came home with a bag of homegrown beets given to him by an employee. When was the last time I have seen beets that were not in a jar? Seriously, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried! But here they are boiling in my pot ….


I had no idea how one cooks them and had to google to even know what to do with them. But here I am in Reading, Massachusetts, in the United States and all I can think of is Amina, thousands of miles away, in Katwe, Uganda, cooking and eating this very same vegetable. And I am humbled to my core.

See, God is not interested in us just sending money or supplies. He wants our hearts moved and engaged with those we support. He wants our hearts enlarged so they are filled with love for a people we have not even met. And He will go to any length to work that into our hearts. God works in the most unbelievable ways to display Himself, to bring us to our knees and to astound us.

“He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”
(Micah 6:8, NIV)

If you would like to know more about the ministry of The Lulu Tree, please visit their site by clicking here.

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