Ms. Haupt & Mustangs Partner with “Women of the Pearl” to Help Lutheran Ladies in Uganda
Women of the Pearl is a ministry to women in Uganda. We look to empower women through the Gospel of Christ and through education to bring glory to God.
Women in Uganda desire to grow in their relationship with the Lord but resources are limited. Our hope is to empower women by educating them in literacy, agriculture, business ownership, hygiene, nutrition and ministry leadership. Through collaboration and partnerships, the women in Uganda will find a renewed hope rooted in faith. They will become equipped to make disciples and spread the love of Jesus to their congregations and villages. In addition, they will learn the skills needed to provide more consistently for their families.
Mrs. Haupt has been actively volunteering with this group for the past two years. This was her second trip to Uganda and first time being able to revisit a ministry team that she has partnered with internationally.
One of my best friends Lynn Corker (Lutheran North ‘99), helped create this ministry about nine years ago. When I was organizing possible service projects for the first Lutheran North Service Event Day, Lynn shared that the kids could probably help put together kits for her next Women of the Pearl’s Conference. I did not realize that fall that I would have the opportunity to be part of the team to actually bring these kits to the women of Uganda.
The first year our Girls’ PE classes helped assemble 180 feminine hygiene kits. This past March, Our girls' PE classes helped cut fabric to make over 300 feminine hygiene pads for women in Uganda. Many of the women in Uganda do not have knowledge of nor access to feminine hygiene products. Mrs. Jagoda's Girls P.E. classes helped to prepare the kits that Women of the Pearl provides to the Ugandan women as part of their training workshops.
I am in awe of what Our Lord continues to do through and for us, His children, even without us fully knowing where we are going. There are so many different scripture passages that come to mind as I look back at what has developed from our Lutheran School's Week Servant Events. One of our school year themes was "walking in the truth" and it was based upon 3 John 3:4. I love reading this verse and the conclusion of this passage in verse 5. " I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you." When I read these verses, The Lutheran North Girls' P.E. classes come to my mind. I am grateful for Mrs. Jagoda's willingness to provide her P.E. students and the willingness to participate in a service project for women and girls of communities they do not know. I am also reminded like St. Paul says in Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” The Love of our God to find his children and walk with them continues to amaze me!
It is an awesome story to be able to look back and see how The Lord began orchestrating these service opportunities already back in the 1990s as Lynn Corker sat at a student at Lutheran North. She never imagined that one day she would be partnering with Lutheran women around the world to connect Lutheran North’s Community with the Women of Uganda.
To learn more about this organization please visit www.womenofthepearl.org