Last night our team shared an amazing meal at a local hangout called All Friends and it was fantastic in every way: food, conversation and ambiance. Dru and Asher shared the story of how Sole Hope got started. It was inspiring to say the least.
As I listened to them share, I imagined what I would have done with the same information and resources. I like to have all my ducks in a row before I start to move forward with most things. I’m realizing that part of this is how God hard-wired me. However, the more I follow Jesus, the more I am realizing that He wants to lead me through His voice, not my natural inclinations.
My Pastor shared with me a word He had recently received from God and it resonated with me. He said, “I like it when God stands out in front waving me towards Him like a Father encouraging his son to walk for the first time. Yet, often times, He stands behind us whispering in our ear, “This is the way, walk in it.”
“This is the way, walk in it.”
Dru and Asher’s story is one of courage, faith and compassion. They saw a preventable problem, felt the weight of God’s compassion for the people of Uganda, and then developed a plan…all while hearing, “This is the way, walk in it.”
Before there were shoe-cutting parties, jigger removal clinics and local shoe-makers, there was an awareness and a prayer. Dru kept saying at dinner, “I can’t believe that our family is here…and for jiggers?!
Jiggers were just the need, but a deep love for people, partnered with a willingness to DO SOMETHING is what drove a young family from North Carolina to Uganda. The result has been God’s glory and much relief to Ugandan families.
So what ‘s a jigger? Good question. I had no clue until about 6 months ago. The short version: Jiggers are sand flees that burrow under the skin, feed off of blood and cause severe pain. Much like flees on our dogs in the US, they multiply in droves, taking a simple problem and making it more complex. Some kids can have a few to over a 1000 jiggers at one time.
Removal, education and shoes are the cure!
Many Ugandans feel that jiggers are the result of a curse, so they are hesitant to admit they have them, learning to bear the pain for fear of being shamed by society. Sole Hope works tirelessly to fix, prevent and crush the stigma related to the problem of jiggers.
As I have met people from Uganda and listened to their stories, I can’t help but imagine the whisper, “this is the way, walk in it” that Dru and Asher heard as they set out on this journey called Sole Hope. I know countless families are glad they obeyed!