Living The Life That God Has For Us....

God's Plumbline Ministries is called to repair devastation in the lives of God's people allowing restoration both physically and spiritually. Providing creative solutions for employment, education and life skills allowing God to repair and restore hope.  Empowering each community to establish a secure foundation both inside and out, while keeping in tact God given talents and uniqueness, not focusing on man's ways but God's ways.  Developing working relationships within social and economic circles, working hand in hand with community leaders to bring the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Uganda - What is the LRA?

Uganda
Nearly two million people in Northern Uganda have been displaced from their homes and villages as a result of the ongoing, catastrophic war traveling throughout East Africa. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, began its malicious movement in 1986 with a horrific agenda of torturing individuals, setting villages on fire, and abducting thousands of children. Within two decades, the LRA had recruited nearly 66,000 youth to their army, forcing children to be soldiers, “wives”, and slaves.
In 1996, the Government of Uganda forced approximately 1.8 million people to relocate to Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps in an effort to provide refuge and protection, however, a decade later the situation in IDP camps worsened as they became filled with disease, poverty, malnourishment, and few opportunities to leave.
Throughout the last few years, many people have been permitted to leave IDP camps and return to their villages, however, individuals and communities at large have been left with little hope of returning to their normal way of life or attaining social equity. The limited access to education, employment, and sustainability has forced many people to relocate to the District of Gulu, where they are seeking aid and opportunity.
As you can imagine, children are at risk because of these issues in Uganda. In May we will be headed to Uganda to help bring sustainability to women and children in transition. 
Please stay tuned for more information about the work that we will be doing and for more details about our schedule and how you can help.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Imagine...


Ephesians 3:20...

Now to him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.





Saturday, March 22, 2014

Great Adventure Ahead



We can't say what is happening just yet.

The month of March has been a busy one, full of meetings and some divine appointments with folks who share our same heart.
Folks who are willing to dream with us about the things God has put in our heart to do in other nations.
It has been awesome to watch and see things fall into place.

Not knowing all the details has been an adventure, an adventure in a new kind of faith, believing God when He says, 
I make all things new! 
This adventure feels like we are getting to know God in a whole new way, and He trusting us to be a part of more things in His heart.

We have been thinking of the words David said to Saul and his brothers when he fought Goliath.

"The God who...and He will do it again"

We are thankful to be in this new place.
The place of finding the dreams in God's heart. 
Knowing and finding the plans He has had for our lives since the beginning of time.

We are dreaming big with the God who will do it again.

Join us.

  





Sunday, January 19, 2014

This woman, this day, this statement...





"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the Hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."  - Peter


This woman... 

This day...

This statement by Peter...

All would call me to a new place in my walk of faith. 

Peter, a disciple of Jesus had penned these words so many years ago and I couldn't get him, her or this day out of my head for weeks that turned into months, years. 

This woman walked up to me and handed me her baby. 

Hope.

Give a reason. 


Wait, what hope did I have.
Did I have Hope?

This. 

This image, my camera captured, was her life after the earth shook for all those seconds.

And so, as Haiti worked to heal, I too, was left in a crisis of faith of my own. 


Hope.

Give a reason.


I felt like I had no answer.

Jesus.

Let us start there.






Friday, January 17, 2014

A (Strong) Woman, Her Voice


Photo Credit: Sheila Lynch

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. 
But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. 
– Melinda Gates

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She sews a purse, he paints on canvas, they thread beads.

By hand the clay is formed, leather tanned, metal hammered.
Their hands are no longer idle.

One by one.


That still small voice inside believes again, things can change.


One by one.


Hope and courage bloom in a dry place.

The air is busy once more.
The weight that takes the breath from your lungs and makes it hard for your heart to beat doesn't seem to come to rest as often.  

One by one.


The market seemed fuller today, maybe because you had more choices. The water you carry seemed a tad lighter and the song you knew as a child seemed to return. 

Today your child went to school.

One by one.


You did have something to say after all.


One by one.





Monday, January 13, 2014

Gratefully






 If you must look back, do so forgivingly. 
If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. 

However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present….gratefully.

- Maya Angelou