We’re a rag-tag group of people vigilantly pursuing self-sustaining educational & employment opportunities with and for students and their families living in rural communities in developing countries. We believe in asking hard questions like, “What do you need and how can we help?” We believe that communities know their needs better than we do and that it’s our job to listen. We’re big on being kind for the sake of kindness and we believe that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference. We believe in keeping vigil over one another and watching for opportunities to help, no matter how far off the beaten path those opportunities take us. We’re vigilant in our belief that God has given each person unique gifts and that one of the highest forms of worship is using those gifts to serve others. We believe God has a purpose for each life and Vigilante Kindness is our purpose. Join us as we live out wild adventures in service of God and others. Join us in committing acts of Vigilante Kindness.
Well, Vigilantes, my bags are packed, I’m remembering to throw anti-malarial pills down the hatch and I’m all kinds of excited to return to my Ugandan home.
I’ll be posting longer stories of Vigilante Kindness here as usual, but if you want to follow along and see all the small moments, too, you’ll want to follow Vigilante Kindness on Facebook. When there’s power, I post a ton of photos there as well as funny little stories that aren’t quite grown up enough to be blog posts. So let’s be Facebook friends.
Also, some of you have been asking how you can pray for us during our trip, so I made this flyer for you. You can print it out, pop it on your refrigerator and each time you open your fridge door and feel that blast of cool air, think of me in humid Uganda and say a quick prayer.
Hey, Vigilantes, have I told you lately how much I adore you? I have? Well, let me tell you again. I love you to smithereens.
Not a single day goes by that I don’t hear things like, “Hey, Alicia, what can I do to help you?” or “Is there something specific you need donations for?” or “How can I specifically pray for you?”
And I can barely even talk about the donations that just show up without fanfare. Little PayPal notices in my inbox, crumpled bills shoved in my hand when we bump into each other at the grocery store, and white envelopes in my mailbox with notes like, “Use this to do something good.”
I’m beyond grateful to get to do this work with you.
I feel like when I go to Uganda, you all go with me. And I love that. This isn’t my story or my adventure, it’s ours and I don’t want you to miss a second of it. You don’t either? Good.
Many of you follow our blog and I’m glad because it’s the place I get to write all the long, beautiful stories Vigilante Kindness is part of, but I want you to see the smaller moments, too, like this one of my favorite street sign in Uganda. I can’t help it, it makes me giggle every time.
I’ll be posting all of the little moments and photos to go along with them on the Vigilante Kindness Facebook page. I hope you’ll take a moment to pop over there and like our page so you can see every sweet, hilarious, lovely morsel of our story unfold.
The other reason I’m posting today is because the weeks leading up to returning to my Ugandan home are always trying-so many humps, er, bumps pop up unexpectedly in an effort to derail the trip. It happens every year at the same time, always strange, strange things and the timing is too coincidental to be ignored. So would you say a quick prayer or a long prayer or whatever kind of prayer suits your fancy that God would continue to guide and protect me these next couple of weeks? I’d appreciate it so very much.