Monday, December 3, 2012

Our Last post!!...A shout out for our friends serving in Uganda!

It's been a year since we've posted! This is the reason why this will be our last post for a while until we redo our blog and can commit time to blogging again!

There's so much I could share about our family, life in Uganda, adoption...but my heart in this post is to share about good friends we've met along the way who are making a huge impact in people's lives that have been affected by the LRA.  Jeff and I are not quick to promote organizations or people unless we know who they are and what they are doing on the ground, truthfully.  We are relationship people first...taught this way and raised this way by all our spiritual mentors.  So, after two years of living in Uganda, and seeing our friends work here, we want to share about it with all of our friends around the world.  Why? Because we believe what they are doing is God's heart for His kids.  It's something so needed but not addressed in Uganda.  It's probably due to the nature of their work.  Carl & Julie are counselors/ therapists who are diving into the broken and traumatized hearts of people and helping them to walk them out of their pain, agony, and suffering into life, love and freedom through Jesus!

I want you to hear from Julie's heart about who they are, what they do & what they want to do (with the help of others). I will post her letter below:) Please take the minute to read it, it's worth it.  I want to share about their work, Tutapona, because they are in need of funding to reach those affected by the LRA.  Jeff & I have been blessed over the years by so many of you through financial donations for Bethesda International and Osobie's Playground project, and we are still so thankful! I had hoped that this Christmas, if any of you are looking for somewhere to give, that you would consider blessing Tutapona.  They are dear friends and servants here in Uganda who have a desire to see people healed and set free from the horrible trauma they have endured due to the LRA in Northern Uganda.  I believe in them and their work and and proud to call them friends! 

Dear Katie-
We felt our specific calling to come to Uganda after two short-term trips, in which we saw the desperate need of thousands who had lost fathers, or mothers, or sisters or brothers – or even been abducted themselves into the brutally horrifying “Lord’s Resistance Army.” We saw missing arms, missing lips, and a missing and raw perspective regarding the hope that we were created to know.
We were merely trained in clinical social work –we were employed to walk American people through the hardships and difficulties that can be experienced within the walls of a culture that offered and stood for human rights and justice. “What can we offer, Lord?” we pondered, “we know nothing about how to mend the mind of a person forced to eat the flesh of a loved one!... but yes, we will go, because You are able, and willing to use even the limited.”

We arrived in 2008, with our 4 and 8 year old daughters in tow. We spent 3 years with an organization, developing and implementing a Trauma Rehabilitation program in Northern Uganda. We trained up local nationals to implement the program in their own language, and witnessed 19,000 individuals go through the program. We heard incredible testimonies of healing that were overwhelming, and we stood in awe and amazement of the only One Who could bring such a transformation. After year two, we needed to create a follow-up discipleship program, as up to 80% of each group that went through the program made a decision to follow Christ. Indescribable!

Throughout our time in Northern Uganda, we felt a gnawing need to bring this program into an area of Southern Sudan, where, for over a decade, Joseph Kony marched his abducted child soldiers and sex slaves and camped out – devastating the area surrounding it. The organization we worked for didn’t share such dreams, but kindly allowed us to decrease work hours and open our own NGO, called Tutapona, so that we could reach that area. In August of 2011, we hired a team and began the work. Then in May 2012, after a gradual transition of decreasing hours with the other organization, we moved full-time into reaching Southern Sudan and other war-torn areas in need through Tutapona. The organization we were working with no longer was interested in outreach to communities/trauma rehabilitation as they wanted to work solely with their existing programs (orphans and widows). We took a great ‘leap of faith’ (as the current organization had been providing our salary, housing and gasoline) and followed God full-time into Tutapona.
Now, 7 months later, we are wrapping up our work with the Acholi Tribe of So. Sudan and have been gearing up to reach the unreached and war-torn area of North-Western Uganda – Amoru Region. However, after a visit last week to a refugee camp in South Western Uganda, we are praying through next steps!! This refugee camp has 72,000 war-impacted refugees from 9 countries, including devastated Congolese, Somali, and South Sudanese. Many are from Muslim origin and we are excited!! What an amazing opportunity to bring emotional healing through Jesus Christ and share the message of salvation – within the confines of a “safe” country and within the structure of a “captive audience.”
We believe God is asking us to move forward with this camp – at our meeting, the camp’s leader stated “It is a tinder-box here, ready to catch fire! There is so much tribal and cultural tension on top of what these individuals have experienced… we can give them shelter and food but unless they are given emotional heeling and hope, what good will it be? There have been no other organizations doing the work you are proposing.” So, we are just sorting through whether or not God desires us to reach North and Southwestern Uganda simultaneously.
We are so thankful for your prayers, Katie! As well, as for your desire to let others know of the work that God is doing!!


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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Stella Kate our sweet Ugandan daughter!!!

So I've attempted to load up some photos of little Miss Stella Kate Kirabo Borchert from the beginnings to the most recent days.  I really wanted to compile a blog post about our story of adoption/fostering in Uganda but being a baby mama means that I don't have much time for blogging these days...I"m not at all complaining...I'm loving spending time with Stella!! Slowly I'm compiling the  story of our journey to Stella because I think it's worth sharing.  It's worth sharing because it's a story of God's faithfulness and goodness! Hopefully it wont take me 6 months to do it! Stella is a super happy baby who smiles and laughs at all our silliness and goofy faces.  She's brought so much JOY to our family, we are blessed! She's growing up so fast, almost too fast! I'm ever grateful for all the advice I've gotten from my friends back home that have told me to enjoy every day with her and to hold Stella as often as I can because they grow up so fast! You are all right.  I'm amazed at the changes that we see everyday as she learns to roll, grab things, babble and start to sit up.  Osobie and Fatu are surprised by how little she cries.  I think they expected it to be a bit harder than it is right now which is great for them and for us! She's not a crier, which is awesome!  Osobie has really stepped up as big brother and loves to hold her and carry her around while we supervise.  Fatu also enjoys Stella but is a little more hesitant when it comes to carrying her because she's afraid she will wiggle loose!  Life is very full in the Borchert home and we love every minute of it!! Thank you for all the prayers over the many years of our travels and living in Uganda!! We will write more about Uganda and all that happens over here in another post.  Until then....


Monday, September 12, 2011

Our quick trip home this summer!!

Family pic done by the one and only Cierra Lorenzen!!!!!!!!!!!! You got talent girlfriend!! We love you!!!

Well, after 9 months of being in Uganda....I finally post on our blog! Geez.. I had such great intentions of redoing our blog once we landed here and blogging every week at least, but wow... I just can't get the time to sit down and write about all that's happening here in good ole' Kampala Uganda!!! I think it's because I would much rather just live life here 100% and spend every minute absorbing the culture, people, good God appointments, family time, adventure, and the list goes on!! But, there's so much cool stuff to share, it's really a shame that I don't write it down and journal about African life! So, here's my 2nd blog since living in Uganda I think and well, this blog's all about our trip home to the U.S. in July! Just a picture blog really...I mean we went to Disney, so had to share some of the crazy fun the kids had this summer along with visits with friends and family! Hope to get a new blog up one day!! Until then,...enjoy!!!!

Grammie with the kiddos!
Fatu and O LOVE their Auntie Mekay!!!
They also LOVE their cousin Mackenna!!!

Golfing at Grandma B and Grandpa B's house!!

Ball game with Grandpa B and Grandma B...loads of fun!!
Bowling with cousin Kyle!! Lots of fun with Aunt Linda, Uncle Brian and cuz!

Yup....Time with my sweet soul sista L!! hugs kisses friend!!!
Fatu digging her visit to the Cockpit on one of our many flights

BACK TOGETHER AGAIN!! F and O's Liberian buddies!!! Wow,...they have all grown so much!!

Hang time with Henry is always crazy fun!!
Corn on the cob, Tillamook cheese, great friends, porch time, Colorado summer...memorable!!!

 Loving being on Grandpa's sailboat with Auntie Nikki, Grandpa and Tom
 Sailing with Grandpa
Star Wars in action at Grammies house
Auntie Nikki and Tom with their hands full of loving!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011



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