Mission of Mercy | Mercy Ministries Graduates Visit Uganda

Mission of Mercy | Mercy Ministries Graduates Visit Uganda

Mercy Ministries | June 25, 2012 | by Mercy Ministries Reviews

In 2011, after two years of careful planning and continuous prayer, 16 Mercy Ministries graduates had the opportunity to bless those who needed it the most.


Mercy Ministries graduates had the experience of a lifetime when they left the comfort of their newly reclaimed lives for the poverty- and disease-stricken nation of Uganda in August of 2011. The Mercy Ministries girls were accompanied by two Mercy Ministries staff members and spent several days building four additional classrooms for the Watoto Ministry and visiting with some of the country’s forgotten children.


Day one of the Mercy Ministries mission trip began with the girls generously being offered a hearty breakfast. Shortly after, the Mercy Ministries team was excited to learn they would visit a Watoto orphanage known locally as the “bulrushes.” This home, which provides food, shelter, and love for dozens of abandoned children, offered the girls the opportunity to bond with some very special children. One Mercy Ministries graduate described her time there by saying, “There were so many miracles represented in that room… God continues to enlarge our hearts for those we serve here…”


Day three of their trip brought the Mercy Ministries girls to the Watoto church, where they were spiritually refreshed and revitalized for the planned event of the next day: construction. On day four, the Mercy Ministries girls awoke early, ready to tackle the project in which they’d eagerly anticipated for months. After a 45 minute drive, the Mercy Ministries team arrived at their location. Exiting their bus, many of the girls initially were overwhelmed at the sheer volume of work that was ahead. However, without hesitation, and in the pouring rain, the Mercy Ministries girls dug in and started laying bricks and spreading mortar with job foreman Moses leading the way.


For three days, the Mercy Ministries staff and graduates labored alongside of the construction crew. The building process taught them more than just a hands-on skill; the girls learned that God puts people together for a reason. This week, the girls from Mercy Ministries were brought together to erect a symbol of hope and a reminder to all that God is here, He is watching, and He knows that he is needed and He responds at the right time, every time.


The Watoto Ministry was founded in 2004 by Gary Skinner and exists to help rebuild Africa one life at a time. To find out how you can help visit www.watoto.com

For more information about Mercy Ministries visit www.mercyministries.org.

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"[When I came to Mercy] I began to realize that everything about Mercy Ministries was different than my past treatment and hospital experiences. While at Mercy Ministries, I became a new person with a clear sense of who I am in Christ. When I graduated, I walked out of Mercy Ministries feeling empowered, restored and renewed with a pure joy that overflowed from within."

"When I walked through the doors of Mercy Ministries, I finally felt safe. I didn’t know I could have so much joy, freedom, and purpose…and desire to live! I can never thank you enough for what you have done for me!!!"

"At Mercy Ministries, the Lord revealed to me that my true identity and value is in Him. I was also able to forgive those who had misused or hurt me in my life. God used Mercy Ministries in such an awesome way, and I am living life to the fullest now!"

"When I went to Mercy Ministries, I had no idea that I would learn so much about God and how amazing He is. God used Mercy Ministries to show me that the life He created for me was filled with love, joy, growth and hope. I am still a work in progress, but I’m excited for whatever God has in store for me."

"When I finally realized that I needed help, it was hard for us to find a program that didn’t cost a lot of money. My parents are missionaries and for us thousands of dollars that other programs cost was just not affordable, but then we found Mercy Ministries. Mercy is free of charge and provided me with the help that I needed to get healing. Mercy Ministries has been such a blessing in my life. I want everybody to know about Mercy Ministries."

"Here at Mercy Ministries, we do a lot of fun things. But I would have to say, the one thing that I loved the most would have to be praise and worship. During praise and worship we have a worship leader and we all sing together and I really feel the presence of the Lord dwelling within us when we do."

"When I came to Mercy Ministries, I was desperate, broken and alone. During my time at Mercy Ministries, I have learned that God is my best friend. He sees my heart and He knows my needs, and He meets me right where I am. I would like to go to seminary and get a Masters in Christian Counseling, so I can help young girls in the way I have been helped here at Mercy Ministries."
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