Give thanks to the LORD who is good.

My friend, Sam, who leads our partner organization in Uganda with our Non-profit BOH (Because of Hope) sent us this encouragement about what God is doing among the villages we work in just outside of Jinja, Uganda. It was so encouraging, and I wanted to share it with you all.

Keep in mind that these people live in complete physical poverty.  They lack access to adequate healthcare, education, and many times basic human needs such as clean water and proper food.  However, they do not really lack any good thing because God takes care of them, protects them and provisions them.  He does this for us too!

Here’s what Sam had to say:

"We are the pilgrim Family of God and every day we experience the way in which God leads us in our life. In the midst of all kinds of dangers and problems, We can see the leading hand of God guiding us, offering strength, encouragement, consolation, patience, greater understanding, compassion and energy.  For all this we give Him thanks with all our hearts and voices. Our gratefulness is rooted in the faith that what God has accomplished in the past for our ancestors, He will certainly do again for us in our life.  Give thanks to the Lord who is good!!”


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Justice: the quality of being fair or just, to be put or made right

“You have neglected the more important matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness.” Matthew 23:23

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” Zechariah 7:9-10

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” Isaiah 1:17

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

“Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.” Jeremiah 22:3

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.” Psalm 82:3

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3: 17-18

“Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it.” Ezekiel 16: 49-50

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. … Isaiah 58:6-12

“‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly. “ Levi 19:15

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17


I have some exciting news!

Hey Everyone,

I’m so excited to be coming home in less than 2 weeks now! It feels so surreal. I have mixed emotions: I’m really sad to go, but happy to be home. I love you all! If you are one for praying, please pray that I will have a safe trip back and for a smooth transition! I’m coming back to San Diego for a few weeks, then I’m going to be moving back to Santa Barbara sometime late September or early October to work with two of my good friends from college, Natalie Lemonnier and Allison Carroll.

We’re starting a non-profit called Because of Hope (BOH). With BOH, we will be  partnering with a widow’s organization (WOCAP) in Jinja, Uganda by raising money through donations in the States.

BOH will be giving away Ugandan paper beads (made by the ladies who we will be supporting) for a small donation on our donors’ part. I’m bringing a WHOLE bunch of paper bead necklaces and African handbags back with me to the States. Please contact me via FB, email:, or phone (after Sept. 2) 7605353365 if you are even slightly interested in more information about BOH or looking at the the handicrafts I’m bringing back with me.

Through the widows’ organization, Widows and Orphans Community Action Plan (WOCAP), and with your help, we will be financially and economically helping to support over 250 widows in three villages just outside of Jinja, southern Uganda (East Africa).  (But we can only do it with your help!)

(If you pray), you can support us by praying for the start-up of this organization. I’m so excited to keep you all posted on this. If you’re not one for prayer, as always, I still truly appreciate all your support from the bottom of my heart.

(We’ll have a website coming soon.)

Specific Prayer Requests:

- BOH legal paper work would be processed and completed accurately and in a timely fashion.

- That the Monitoring and Evaluation start up of this organization will go smoothly (Basically, you have to do a ton of research and needs assessing before start-up.)

- That BOH will offer the ladies at WOCAP help so that they would grow to be a sustainable community, and not one that is dependent on BOH’s support.

- That we would be able to find people and organizations to help market the paper beads and handbags back in the States. (Know anyone? haha)

Love you guys and thanks for reading! -Nikki

Here are some of the ladies of WOCAP that make the paper beads and handbags that I’m bringing back with me to the States.

MEND // Field Notes from Africa: Back to school
Clean water :)

Clean water :)




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