Yesterday I examined what was going on in the world around me when I was twelve years old. The point that I was trying to make with this article is that when I was twelve, I was only worried about what was going on in my little corner of the world.
I promised to introduce you today to an amazing young lady who has decided that her world is the same as God’s world. Her world contains everyone on earth, not just those that she sees on a daily basis. She is determined that she is going to make a difference. And yes, she is only twelve years old. (Actually, she will probably be upset with me if I don’t mention that she will be 13 in March.)
Her age is not the main story here, the main story is her mission, her commitment, her dedication to her cause. The story is the change that she is making in our world, not just hers.
In 2011, Mallory, while making out her Christmas list, realized that she was living a blessed life. She understood that she had more than she needed to live and that there wasn’t anything that she needed. Remembering the experience of meeting and hearing the Ugandan Children’s Choir over a year earlier, she decided that what she wanted for Christmas was to help others.
While most children, and many adults, were busy asking for more stuff than we could ever use, this young lady was making plans to help those that were less fortunate than herself. From this simple Christmas wish a desire was born to help out children in Uganda. And from this desire Project Yesu was born.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Ghandi
I had the opportunity over the past couple of weeks to contact Mallory and ask her about Project Yesu.
ChirstianDroid: “Tell me how you got interested in helping the Children in Uganda.”
Mallory: “My first spark was about 2 years ago, and I didn’t even know it at the time. The Ugandan Orphan Children’s Choir were touring the US and came and performed at my church. I got to meet the children of the choir, spend time with them and they captured my heart. They were so sweet and caring and were so happy. My mom also was doing design work for an organization in Nashville and through them I learned about Katie Davis and Amazima ministries. Then it was Christmas time, and when I went to do my Christmas list, I looked around my room and realized that there wasn’t anything I needed, but that the kids in Uganda needed so much, and that is when I decided to help them.”
ChristianDroid: “I see that you surpassed your goal of raising $4500 in 2012. Can you tell me about that.”
Mallory: “This year God has put people in my life that have helped me so much with Project Yesu. People I didn’t even know, helped support me in so many ways. For example, I had my booth set up at church to tell people about Project Yesu and a lady came up and donated $600 to sponsor 2 children. Another time is I hosted an orphan luncheon last spring and as we were cleaning up a lady came in and asked my sister what was going on, and she was looking at some of the Ugandan jewelry we were selling, she bought a couple of things and then when she paid she donated $400. These are people that I didn’t know, but God put them in my path to help me.”
ChristianDroid: “What are your goals for 2013?”
Mallory: “My goals for 2013 is to continue sponsoring my 10 children and hopefully add more. I want to travel back to Uganda, and we are in June. I want to meet with new organizations and find other needs in Uganda that I can help with. I want to continue supporting the three organizations that I’m helping now, Amazima Ministries, Ekisa Ministries and Project Have Hope. I want to keep sending Christmas cards to the children in Uganda, they love receiving the cards. I want to share my story, to tell people about the amazing people of Uganda, to teach people that there are children in this world that need our help, but I also want to show other kids my age that they can make a difference. It does not have to be across the world, it can be in their neighborhood, their school or where ever there is a need, but for them to be bold and step up. My motto is “Be the change” I got that from Mahatma Ghandi’s quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. That is what I want people to learn. I am also raising funds right now to buy looms for women from Project Have Hope who have completed vocational training and now want to start their own business to provide for their families, I have already purchased one loom and want to purchase two more.”
ChristianDroid: “How has Project Yesu affected your life?”
Mallory: “I look at things differently now. I look at people around me and I think that we are selfish. We say “I need” when we mean “I want”. We don’t know what it means to truly need something. We say “I’m starving” but we don’t know what its like to be truly starving and not know where our next meal is coming from. We complain about going to school, and can’t wait for summer vacation, but the kids in Uganda beg to go to school, they want an education, it’s a privilege not a burden.”
Did I mention that Mallory is going to be thirteen in a couple of months? I have met very few people of any age who have this type of awareness for our fellow man. How many times have you uttered the phrase, “I need” or “I’m starving”? This young girl sees a need for the children of Uganda and is making a difference in their lives.
Just yesterday I was reading the blog of Sammy Adebiyi where he talks about praying for God to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Basing his article on Acts 2, he states that praying for God to help someone with a need when we have the ability to help them ourselves is like asking God to do something that He has already blessed us to do.
That is where Mallory and her project is different from most of us. Most of us will look at someone in Africa that need our help and say to ourselves, “I feel bad for them.” Some of us will look at someone in Uganda and take the time to say a prayer and ask God to do something for them. Few of us will see the children suffering in Uganda and decide to make a difference in their lives by giving our time, our money, and our prayers.
This is what makes this twelve year old special. She saw a need. She recognized that she had been blessed by God to have the ability to “make a change.” She didn’t just sit back and wait for someone else to fulfill the needs of these children and their families. She is making a difference in the lives of these people each and every day.
17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:17-18).
So how can you help? Normally I would ask you to pray for the success of Project Yesu. (And yes your prayers would be appreciated.) However, I am convinced that we can do much more than just pray. We can act!
Please take the time to visit Project Yesu and learn how you can donate to Mallory’s dream of helping the women and children in Uganda. You will find merchandise that you can purchase, fundraising opportunities, or just a place to donate. All of the money that Mallory collects goes to helping the women and children in Uganda.
But donating is not enough, I challenge each of you to tell 5 people today about Project Yesu. Tell them the story of this remarkable young woman in Tennessee who is “making a change.” And then challenge them to donate and tell 5 more people. God is working through the efforts of Project Yesu, but He needs you to share the blessings that you have received with those less fortunate.
Since Project Yesu started in 2011, Mallory has raised more than $11,000 to help those less fortunate than ourselves. I am sure that with your help she can double this effort this year. The need exist. Mallory has the solution. They need our help.
Each generation tends to look at the next generation and complain and worry about how the world will survive when they grow up. I don’t think we have anything to worry about. I believe that this next generation is teaching us about what it means to live like Christ in a world that exists beyond your own neighborhood.
How can you help Project Yesu?