Uganda Missions Update
November 30, 2009
Sandi holding the baby she delivered at Life Link Medical Center, Bulenga Province, Uganda
Sandi holding the baby she delivered at Life Link
Medical Center, Bulenga Province, Uganda

I wanted to post a Uganda Missions Update. Some of you know that I'll be going back to Uganda for two weeks in February 2010 with Mission Link International. They are a well established organization based in Charlottesville, VA and headed up by Pastor Rick Sadler who has been to Uganda ~40 times. I'll be working with a medical team that will travel to several different villages treating diseases like Malaria, Typhoid, and so forth. This will be my 3rd trip to Uganda, and I'm so excited about the opportunities that are opening up to help those who are unable to help themselves. But I need YOUR help. I need to raise $2500 between now and January 2nd. While that may seem like a lot to some people, if enough people are willing to sow into this worthwhile cause, it wouldn't be that much for any one person.

How Can You Help?


The first thing you can do is PRAY! In Matthew 9 and Luke 10 we read as Jesus is telling His disciples, "Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." The laborers aren't sent unless we pray for them to be sent. Remember, God gave US authority and dominion on the earth. According to James 5:16, "The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]." AMP


Be a Financial Sponsor for my mission trip! I'm writing to all of my over 400 Facebook friends, because I know that if, for example, 250 people or families each gave $10 towards this mission trip it would be paid for. Even a $1 or 2 adds up. Won't you consider being a part of the many things that will take place? I want to recount the historical record that Samuel gave us in 1 Samuel 30. David and his men returned home to Ziklag to find that the Amalekites had raided the city, took all their wives, children, servants, livestock, etc and burnt the town. David prayed and God told him to take his 600 men and pursue the Amalekites, "...for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all." By the time David and the 600 men reach the Brook Besor, 200 of the men were too exhausted to continue, so David left them with the extra supplies, took the other 400 men and continued in pursuit. David & his men found the Amalekites, won the battle against them, and recovered all that had been taken. When they returned back to the Brook Besor and to the 200 who were waiting there, some of the men who'd gone and engaged in battle did not want to share any of the spoils with those who'd been too exhausted to continue. That's when David made a statement that set a precendent for even us today. It is found in verses 23-25:

23But David said, "My brethren, you shall not do so with what the LORD has given us, who has preserved us and delivered into our hand the troop that came against us. 24For who will heed you in this matter? But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike." 25So it was, from that day forward; he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.

My point in this is that the reward is the same both for those who support missions work and for those who actually go and do the missions work in the field. According to verse 10, the 200 hundred who stayed behind with the supplies "were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor." Those men gave what they had of themselves...and God did not ask or require them to give any more than that. All that you have may only be $5 or maybe even only 50-cents. BUT, God takes it and doesn't treat you any differently than the person who can write a $500 check towards a mission trip. According to God, "they shall share alike."

Sponsorship Information




I know Christmas is just around the bend, but what better way to celebrate than to give to those who cannot give anything in return? If you are able to help sposor me, you can either make an online contribution, mail it in, or contact me personally. All gifts are tax deductable. Mission Link International is a registered nonprofit ministry in the Commonwealth of Virginia - 501(c)3 with the Internal Revenue Service.

Online contributions can be made at: Again, PLEASE list "Sandi Bird's Uganda mission trip" in the gift designation box. Check out Mission Link's website at You can call them for more information at: 434-984-1995 or email

If mailing in a sponsorship contribution, please make checks and/or money orders payable to "Mission Link International" and notate in the memo line: "Sandi Bird's Uganda mission trip".

Checks and money orders can be mailed to: Mission Link International, PO Box 38, Charlottesville, VA 22902-0038. Please do not send cash in the mail. If you have a cash contribution, please contact me directly for pickup. You will still receive a tax-deductible receipt. Thank you!