I normally don’t write blog posts about financial needs, but John and I felt like sharing this particular need with the wider world, so please bear with us as we tell you the story.
Stephen and Jane Orem are a Ugandan couple with 3 kids who have been friends of ours for 14 years. Stephen is the base leader of YWAM Soroti base, and serves on the YWAM National Leadership Team as well as the Regional Leadership Team. Jane serves on the Hospitality team and helps out with the Discipleship Training School.
A few months ago we were with Stephen for a National Leadership Team meeting, and were discussing the upcoming East Africa Regional Staff Conference in Arusha, Tanzania. Then Stephen suggested, “What do you think about going to Mombasa with us after the conference for a holiday?”
John and I thought it was a great idea, and started making plans with Stephen, who knew of an AIM guesthouse there available for very affordable prices (only $40 a night for each family!) When we looked at the timing, Stephen said they were planning on going for only 3 or 4 days, as they only had 300 pounds (450 dollars) towards the whole trip.
However, John and I thought it would be great to get a ‘full’ holiday…two weeks, ideally…so we could really relax and enjoy the break. With both John and Stephen serving in high-stress leadership positions, we felt they both could use the extra time to really get refreshed.
So we as a family decided to help cover the extra expenses of the Orem family so they could spend the whole holiday with us, and still be able to attend the regional conference.
But then we went back to the UK at short notice to see John’s dad who was very sick, and passed away just before we reached home. During our time there we spent more money than we had planned. When we got back to Uganda, we reviewed our finances and realized we only had enough to cover our own expenses.
We would very much like for the Orems to be blessed with this holiday, as well.
So we thought we would share the challenge with you readers, many of whom already support us (many thanks!!), and just ask if anyone would like to contribute to the Orem family so they can enjoy a much-needed break.
The total cost of their holiday is: $1100. They have about $450, so that still leaves a need of $650.
If you would like to contribute to the Orem family’s holiday, please donate through the PayPal donation button on the sidebar to the right called "Operation Mombasa".
(If you don't see the button, please scroll down to the bottom of the posts where the sidebar may be located if your computer is formatted differently than ours. The PayPal account is John's personal account, but all monies donated in the next few weeks will go towards Operation Mombasa. The currency on the account is British pounds, but I believe people can donate in any currency which will then be converted to British pounds.)
Many many thanks from us, the Wrights, on behalf of the Orems! May God bless you so much!