Uganda is the size of Oregon.
There are 2,000,000 orphans in Uganda.
940,000 of those orphans are orphaned due to HIV and AIDS.
Hello. Most people that are reading this know me, but if you are one of those who don’t, excuse my rudeness and please let me introduce myself. I am Allie Blain, I am 12 years old and I live by the west coast of Florida. I would say that my personality is spunky and most of the time I am smiling- unless you see me before 10 AM.
I was diagnosed with a life-altering blood disorder when I was 3 years old. This blood disorder-Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura- kills my platelets. Platelets are the part of our blood that helps us clot after we skin a knee. This also means that I bruise extremely easily. When I was 6, I had my spleen removed, believing that was the cause of the platelet problem. It wasn’t, so I now live without a spleen. Without a spleen, I do not have anything in my body fighting off infections. For having no spleen and no platelets, what I am about to tell you is a big step of faith.
OK, so now that we know all that boring medical stuff, lets get to the fun stuff!!!
At my elementary school, in fifth grade, we were required to do a bio fair. In this bio fair, we read a biography about an influential person, and I chose Katie Davis. I had a huge tri-fold board full of facts and I dressed up as Katie Davis for the day and taught everyone at my school about her. I’m guessing that about 2 of you reading this know who Katie Davis is. Katie Davis was 18 on her first trip to Uganda, she came home and couldn’t stop thinking about it, she needed to go back. She ended up going back for a one year commitment before she went to college. While Katie was back in Uganda, she extended her commitment to a lifetime commitment by adopting 3 girls, who were all injured after their house collapsed. Katie now has 14 adopted children and has a ministry called Amazima, and she inspired my desire.
While reading Katie’s book, Kisses from Katie, I felt God’s call on my heart saying “GO”. For the past two years, I have continually heard that. I know that God wants me(someday) to make orphan houses for this country I have such a desire for. Also, I would like to start HIV and AIDS safety courses as that is the number one death of the people there.
After much prayer, an opportunity has arisen for me and my mom to go to Uganda. In March, I will prayerfully travel with Orphan’s Heart, a ministry of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home to minister to a village called Kaminkoli, with the Hines Ugandan Ministries. Me and my mom will be taking an 11 day trip into the “Pearl of Africa”.
However, this trip will be costing 3500$ a person, totaling to 7000$ for me and my mom. Would you be willing to pray alongside of me that doors would continue to open so that me and my mom can go? Would you also pray that God would provide financially?
I am so thankful that I get to share my story with y’all and hope that it has impacted you! Be on the lookout for updates and ways that you can help me get to Uganda to share the love of Christ!
“I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” John 14:18