This July was our 3 year anniversary in Uganda!…and we have decided to stay longer!
When we decided to follow God’s leading to move to Uganda, we thought we would be working for Lumi for 3 years. We never could have imagined what actually would happen in those 3 years. In that time, Jesse has taken on a much larger management role with Lumi, and I (Rachel) have started a water well drilling and water supply services company with another missionary here.
Let me share about the last 12 months specifically. As part of our annual reporting to our organization, we need to document the number of people impacted by our work. I never sit back and think about numbers like that. There is too much to do on a daily basis just running our businesses! However, when I did the numbers this year (July 2017 through June 2018), I calculated that approximately 5,000 people have experienced an “enhanced level of development” because of Lumi and WET. After checking my math a couple of times, I just sat back as tears filled my eyes. The last 12 months have been our most fruitful and it feels premature to leave now.
If only staying were so easy.
We have spent a lot of time over the last 6 months trying to find the best way to stay in Uganda, and we believe that we have finally found a good path forward that will be more sustainable for us and more supportive of our businesses. This involves partnering with a couple of new organizations to provide business and logistic support, while bringing on additional staff to better manage both Lumi’s and WET’s increasing work loads.
At this time, we are asking you to:
1) Pray for us as we pursue these new partnerships and as we try to follow the desires of our hearts to remain in Uganda,
2) Consider providing (or continuing to provide) financially support for us and our work in Uganda. While we will be transitioning away from WorldVenture soon, we are currently working through WorldVenture. If you would like to donate, please click HERE to see our page on WorldVenture’s website. We greatly appreciate those of you who have financially contributed to our work as we could not be here without your help!
3) Let us know if you are in Colorado in September and October! We will be setting up coffee dates and open houses most likely in the second half of September, and we would love to see you! If you are not in Colorado during that time, please feel free to send us an e-mail and we can schedule a Skype meeting!
We want you to know that we deeply appreciate your prayers, encouragement, and financial support these past few years. Thousands of people have received power and have improved access to clean water through Lumi and WET, and this wouldn’t have been possible without your support. Thank you.
Thanks for tracking along with us as we enter the 2nd chapter of “TeamGeiger in Uganda”!
~Rachel & Jesse Geiger