Hello Friends! 

When we heard God calling us work with Freedom Church we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was speaking and that it would be the adventure of a lifetime. We didn’t necessarily have a lot of clarity about the specifics of the day to day at the time, but trusted that God did. I find it’s like that a lot in life. God asks us to say yes to his invitation to something more and then lets us know as we’re on the way what we said yes to. “Go to the land that I will show you” was the command that Abram was given. In following it he left himself behind and found who God was calling him to be. Sometimes we feel out of joint as we step forward without clarity into the dark. But we always find Him there. It’s not always easy, but it’s always good.

About 2 months ago the senior leadership of Freedom asked us to take on leading Freedom Heroes, our ministry that takes boys on a journey off the streets and back into family.  It is a huge honor as Heroes is the primary compassion/mercy ministry of the entire church globally and gets a huge spotlight on all of our campuses! Leading up to this we had started having our own conversations about it as we knew they needed someone to hold the leadership of it for the next season and felt God stirring us. It made for an easy yes as God had started to prepare our hearts for it. The role is effectively directing a small NGO that operates alongside the church here in Kampala. This includes the finance, administration, planning, programming, partnership development, and a whole lot more.

We’re so excited to bring the vision God has given us to this work. It really is an honor to be able to pour ourselves into coming alongside these boys as they find themselves in Jesus and get their lives back on track through our boarding school sponsorship program, while also being resettled back into their families. Most of the boys have family still and have run away from home for one reason or another. On a weekly basis we work with around 100 kids through our programs that connect the boys with church community, mentorship, practical needs like medical care and food, as well as educational preparation for going back to school. Boys who progress well in our street programs are prepared for opportunities to earn a sponsorship to boarding school. Working with them is such a gift as it shows me more and more of God’s heart for us. It’s so easy to see they don’t have life figured out, yet so often we think that we do. In the same way that we try to love and guide these boys into the way forward, God is beckoning each one of us. We all have to choose whether or not we will follow. No matter how much of a mess we make of our lives, there’s always a way out with God, there’s always hope!

I sat down with Vincent a few weeks ago and captured some of his story and all that’s changed in him since joining Freedom Heroes!
Thank you all so much for covering us in prayer and partnering with us financially to make this all possible. We really appreciate your prayers over the coming months as we press into the work ahead while also finishing David’s adoption. We love you and are so grateful for you!

We love you!!!

The Welches