Ugandan Endeavor – Did you know…

Ugandan Endeavor

Ugandan Children - BoysDid you know that currently, 77% of Uganda’s overall population are youth and of that, 30% are orphans?

On August 3rd I am going to Uganda to start a project that will enrich local communities, rescue child soldiers from bondage, provide orphans with an education and basic healthcare, and give the orphans hope for a future free from poverty.

To achieve these goals, local Ugandans will run an internet cafe to generate a sustainable revenue stream allowing the profits to be used to support the orphanages. My role on the project is to start the internet café, train the employees, and provide business and technical consultation to stabilize the business.

I share this vision with you because I realize that success cannot be achieved without the support from my friends. I would like you to participate in this endeavor through some of the following areas:

  • Prayer: If you have a relationship with Jesus, I’d love to have you pray with me.
  • Advice: If you have insights, wisdom, concerns, or questions, please contact me. If you have ideas for business in developing nations, regional contacts, or economic models for sustaining this type of work, let’s brainstorm.
  • Financial Support: My financial goal is $2,500 for my trip with any additional funds going toward the $13,000 start-up cost of the internet café. If you would like to help fund the trip, business, and orphanage, please send your tax-deductible donations.

I will share my experience at http://jason1365.com and keep it updated with new insights and issues as I continue on this journey. Thank you for considering to partner with me to change the lives of Ugandan orphans through business development.

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Ugandan Endeavor: Frustrated, but Continuing

Well, I’ve been trying to connect with as many people as possible that may be able to help me understand how to coordinate this internet cafe endeavor. I must admit, I have been very frustrated with it recently. I’ve been realizing more and more that there are simply so many unknowns, especially for me since I’ve never done anything like this before. However, I just received an email from somebody in Uganda that may be able to connect with somebody that has started and is running four internet cafes in Uganda. That’s so exciting. And just when I needed it. God is good.

Even though I still don’t have a lot of definites yet, I’m excited that things are looking up. A friend of mine mentioned to me today that he may be interested in coming and helping. This is awesome because he is also a technology guy. I have been concerned with the fact that I wouldn’t really have anything with a business and technology mindset to help me with this. However, his insight and friendship would be greatly welcomed on this trip.

I must admit, that everybody I have talked to about this has been incredibly supportive and has tried to connect me with somebody with some Ugandan experience. I’m quite surprised how many people know somebody that has been to Uganda or are able to make a connection in some fashion.

Overall, I need to relax and trust that God is going to take care of this. This project’s success is not my own, but God’s. It’s God’s project and he ultimately determines its success. So, if God wants it to succeed it will, and to Him be the glory. It will definitely not be because of my own abilities – because I have none at all to even feign responsibility for success. May I humble myself and remember that throughout this.

Doesn’t God deserve all credit?

I was driving around today and thought about how many things God has blessed me with. I met with my advisor at work today, and he mentioned that one of the partners in the firm praised me in front of all the management regarding my performance. I wasn’t entirely sure why my advisor would tell me that except for God to teach me.

As I was driving back to the office, I remembered the story of Daniel refusing to eat the defiled food of the king of Babalyon. Daniel 1:9 says, “Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel.” So, I began thinking. Are my friends my friends because of how great I am? I quickly come to the conclusion that it’s not because I’m great, but because God is. God is so great that he causes others to show favor to me for no good reason. God places me in circumstances with people for a reason unknown other than to live out my faith with these people.

Basically, God is soverign and in control. He gave me everything – great parents, intellect, determination, friends, talents, circumstances to excel, salvation from my own terrible decisions, mentors, everything. How can I ever say that anything great that happens in my life is somehow out of my own hard work? How can I even think of stealing glory from God?

Do I really believe God’s way is better?

Over the past several weeks, myself and the guys at the God Lab have spent time repeatedly discussing girls and dating. It’s been quite a focus ever since spring arrived and so did the desire to enjoy the beautify of the world along with our own beauty. This desire for a girlfriend has been very consuming and along with this comes many questions, differences, struggles, and confusion. But, through this difficult and containing difficulty, God has been good and patient. Continue reading Do I really believe God’s way is better?