Grateful to be Alive

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I wonder what would’ve happened if that woman’s aunt refused to open her heart and home. She could have ended up stuck in that black hole of drug abuse, and maybe never made it out alive. If that happened, I would have never been born, because that woman is my mom. I thank God for her aunt reaching out to her. How many more kids are hurting on the streets, just waiting for one person to reach out?


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Here in Uganda the challenges may be different, but the root issue is the same. Everyone needs love and hope. It might just take one person who is courageous enough to care. Just one person explaining to someone that there’s a God who loves them and has good plans for their lives, could change the whole course of a life, a family, or even a community.


Today’s challenges to myself:


1) Be thankful for all that I have

2) Keep my eyes and heart open for those around me who are suffering. Maybe I can help save a life.

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