Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Ok, not sure if anyone has sent me mail or packages, but here is the correct address:

Meredith Strickland
c/o Empower a Child
PO Box 33273
Kampala, Uganda

It takes about 3 weeks for packages to get here. List of items that could be useful

Well, (community group) cd's with some of Pastor Tyler's new sermons because I lost my ipod, Hushpuppy mix, dish detergent but not the kind for the dishwasher, clorox/antibacterial kitchen cleaning wipes, cake mix, brownie mix (etc), another t-shirt, gum, snacks, NEW DAVID CROWDER CD!, DVD's, little kids toys, beads, markers, string, pot holders, dishrags, and anything else your heart desires! Letters are welcome of course!!

Highlights of today: seeing crippled, bandaged children sing and dance their praises to the Lord, telling the story of David and Goliath and hearing it translated into Luganda, hearing teenagers sing in english and Luganda, good conversations with Courtney (from Tennessee) and Hannah (goes to School in Portland and goes to the same church as Donald Miller, so cool), making Italian in African along with dessert samosas while singing classic 90's Goo Goo Dolls with spoons as microphones!

Also, I was encouraged by John5: 6-9 when Jesus comes upon a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. He asked Him if he wanted to get better and when the man responded yes Jesus said "Get up, pick up your mat and walk." and the man was healed. I feel like this trip is the beginningof me picking up my mat and walking. I feel like I have been walking wounded for a whole year and when I said Yes to Christ is when He began His completing and healing work in me. I know that if a year of hurt brought me here to sit at the feet of Christ then all I can say is "blessed be the name of the Lord". He loves me and all of a sudden I am unaware of my afflictions that are eclipsed by His glory [thank you David Crowder for that quote].

Tomorrow- babies home and remand home!!!


  1. Meredith,
    It sounds like you are busy doing what God put you there to do. You are amazing!!! We are so proud of you! I know that you are making a difference in such a big way. I can't wait to hear about tomorrow. We love you!

  2. Hey Mer - you sound GOOD! not sure I know what all the CD stuff referred to but I will be putting a pkg in the mail soon. . . Keeping your eyes on the prize. . .

  3. Hey Sweet Meredith!
    Wow! sounds like quite an adventure thus far! Also sound like you have gotten through the worst of the "shock" and on to the matters at i knew you would! Saw your list of thngs you need...Katie Royster and I will get crackin on a shipment. Proud to see my good southern niece will still have her hushpuppies even in Africa! Can you use toothbrushes to give out to the little kids? What ages are you with mostly?
    Keep your head up and hang in there! We are so proud of you! Not many people put their faith where there mouth is, so to are most impressive my dear! Leave you with this...."Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?"... John 11:40. I Love You Uncle John