Five years ago our heart was connected to Uganda in a way that my husband, John, and I would have never imagined. We had four children–5 year old son, 3 year old son, and 1 year old twin girls. Our lives were busy and full, and we were quite content with where God had us in life. But at the end of the summer of 2012, a restlessness occurred in both of us as we felt like God was beginning to lead us in the way of adoption. We could give a hundred practical reasons why we shouldn’t, but at the end of the day, none of them mattered because God kept confirming to us that this was definitely the path He made for us.
The following year, John and I were on a plane to Uganda to begin the process of adding, not just one child but two–a daughter and a son–to our family. While staying in Uganda for several weeks to complete the adoption process, we were taken to the village of where our children had spent their first few years of life and where their families still lived. I could see a lake in the distance where they would get their water, but it was no short walk! And it wasn’t clean water. How often I take just having clean water for granted!
Fast forward 4 ½ years, my oldest son was doing a project on Uganda for his school at Veritas. He had to find two organizations that helped Ugandans, and the Ugandan Water Project was one. It got me thinking how amazing it would be to be able to drill a well for our children’s biological families. Clean water is life giving and life changing. And now, here we are, beginning this amazing journey to provide clean water for a people who will always be a part of our family now. It is no easy feat though, and because of that, we’re asking others to join us in being a part of this.
The goal is it raise $12,000 dollars, which will provide all the money necessary to drill a borehole and provide clean water for a community who has no access to clean water. Would you be willing to be a part of something that is so dear to my Ugandan children and to our whole family?
John & Katie Conrad
Lookout Mountain, GA