Storing Hope

Stories about love to restore hope in people's hearts


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Problems In Life

Dear Friends,

I have something I would like to share with you about my practical life. Everybody has practical things in life to take care of and practical problems to worry about too. I don’t have too many practical worries in my own life, but I try to help my friends with their practical lives and worries. Also, I spend a lot of time thinking about the world, and I feel the suffering of all the practical problems and worries of the whole humanity. I will never meet most of the people, but I send them my love.

Well, sometimes I get anxious about the practical problems in this world! For example, I feel that I’m not contributing enough with my mission of love and taking care of people. The problems are big, and what I can do is little! But recently I started feeling more satisfied with my service by remembering that I can only do a few things, but God can do the rest.

This exercise of feeling okay and delegating my worries to God has made a very big difference in my life. That gives me more hope to serve humanity.

If you have any experience like mine, please share your experience with others. It can be helpful in this world.

 


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Listening People’s Problems

When I was in Uganda (Africa) recently I learned something important from the students I met with. I was holding meetings often with students in different places and most of them were interested to share their problems with me. It was hard to solve their problems, but I decided to listen to them and let them express their feelings without me giving them my ideas.

Yes, I felt their problems so deeply, but I felt that needed to listen to them when they were sharing with me their problems instead of giving them my solutions. Later on, I asked them why don’t you share your problems with your parents or guardians? Most of them had the same answer by saying that our parents are always giving us solutions without listening to us express our feelings. That means some of the students don’t get enough attention to share more deeply their problems with the parents or guardians because of parents giving them quick solutions.

I used to do the same, but since then I learned to help them in the form of listening to people instead of coming up with my solutions. Often, after I listened to them they later came back and told me they were able to solve their problem.

I felt as if I did nothing to support them, but the students were appreciating me for listening to them.

Most of them said that it was a new experience for them being listened to. So I got to know that sometimes people want our attentions more than solutions. What do you think?


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Chicken Project for Jewelry Makers

Dear Friends,

Here are some of things that have been keeping me busy in Africa (Uganda).
As you may be aware, I have friends who make Jewelry in some vulnerable communities in Uganda. However, their businesses are not profitable enough to help them meet their living expenses. So, when I came to Uganda I decided to find a way to support them.

I helped them build a chicken coup and bought them 300 chicks (200 for meat and 100 for eggs); now they have a poultry project. Also I gave them a simple and affordable system of managing the chicken using locally available resources.
For brooding, I bought two sacks of charcoal and six clay pots for warming the chicks instead of using electrical heaters. I also got six bags of chicken mixed food, corns for drinking water, and two bags of coffee shells to avoid direct contact with the ground plus one hoe and a shovel, gloves, feeding boards for chicks, one bucket of disinfectant (liquid soap) for cleaning the chicken coup.

The 200 chicks for meat are white in color and 100 for eggs are brown. They will be raising the chicks for meat and will be ready for market within 90 days then they can buy more to sustain the business. At the same time they will be selling eggs too. It will therefore be an ongoing project for the benefit of the jewelry makers and they are so happy to have a new opportunity for their livelihoods.

 


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Using Manpower in Africa

I took time to understand the actual input of manpower in Africa. Grabbed a hoe, wore my gloves and helped my friends in the community who were digging a man-hall for a septic tank. Turns out that it was a very useful experience and also a lesson about cooperation and togetherness. We learn so much by working together as a team with love. Here is a video.

Do you like it?


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Going to Uganda!

Dear Friends,

I’m sorry for being quiet; it has been awhile without posting anything on my blog! But now I’m back again. And I have news: I’m planning to travel to Uganda soon. I haven’t been back there for almost 4 years.

I will be traveling there on April 8th 2017. I will stay for long enough to see my family members, my friends, and spend time with the many people I love there. While I am there I plan to visit the young people I met when I traveled to schools in Kampala teaching the kids about love and friendship. Now they are growing up and we have a lot of new things to share and learn from each other. I will be busy, and help other people as much as I can during my stay there. Then I will come back with my 12 year old son when his visa is approved.

Some people have asked they could help by giving some money for my trip. If you would like to help support my projects for people in Uganda, that would help a lot. Your contribution will be making a very big difference to many people in Uganda.

To contribute, please use the donate button on this page. Thank you for your support.

Always love,

Wilson