We are amazed at the spirit of giving at Ecclesia and honored to be part of one of their projects to bring clean drinking water and improved hygiene to Uganda.
We'll be sharing their videos as these projects continue. Thank you Ecclesia for the huge change you will bring about in Uganda!
AC2012 - UGANDA WEEK 1 from Ecclesia Houston on Vimeo.
Thanks to everyone who has been reading Love Does. Because of you, we've been able to build a school in Uganda and get on the NYT Best Sellers List! Check out this video for a special thanks from Bob Goff, and a surprise ending. No one makes a splash quite like Bob!
I told you yesterday about a group of people who got an idea to build a school in the bush in Northern Uganda. A couple people packed up their things, moved to an empty field in Africa and started building. They were so busy thinking about the possibilities, they forgot about the obstacles.
Jesus talked a lot about being misunderstood. He told His friends that people would think they were crazy to do what they did – but like these guys, they packed up their things and did it anyway. They went out two at a time as well. And all they really had was a big idea. No plan, no committee, no tools. It was just an idea about a big God, who came as a kid, who loves kids, and said we would learn a lot from kids if we’d make time and a place for them in our lives. These guys are making a place for 250 kids.
Check out this blog from Restore founder Bob Goff. It's an amazing process to build a new school and incredible how our team has been pushing through obstacles!
Building Something out of Nothing
I was pretty proud of myself when I made a picture frame once. The reason I was proud is that I had to overcome quite a few obstacles to build it. First, it took me a while to find just the right wood. Then I went to Home Depot and bought an expensive circular saw to make a couple mitered cuts. I had to buy some expensive wood glue and then even more expensive clamps to hold the pieces together. After a couple days and a whole bunch of money I was holding a crooked frame.
Let me tell you about a couple guys who moved from the Pacific Northwest to Gulu, Uganda this year and are building an entire school campus – out of dirt! They figured out how to compress the clay in the dirt into blocks and have made state of the art buildings out in the bush. You won’t believe what a these guys have done to build a school for the 250 kids and 30 teachers at the Restore Academy in Northern Uganda.
It reminds me of the creation story in Genesis, but it’s even cooler in a way, because I know these guys. Before they headed over they asked me what construction materials we had to work with and I told them – dirt. They asked if there was water and I told them there wasn’t - so they dug a well. They asked how much money they had to spend and I told them – not much. They asked how many trained construction people they would have to help them out and I told them – none. Then they asked who would train the workers they found and I said – you. So they asked when they had to finish the school construction by and I told them – February 2012.
They looked at each other, looked back at me, crossed their arms and said with one voice ….
You’ve got to meet these secretly incredible guys from the Restore Academy in Uganda have done. They don’t know what an obstacle is.