Widows, orphans & a giveaway

I have a wonderful friend, Megan, whom I have known for a long, long time. Lets just say she was 12 and I was 16 when we met. 🙂 Megan is the type of person that will always make you feel loved, valued and worthwhile. I am lucky to have known her for so long.

I remember many, many years ago when she went on a mission trip to Uganda. She was excited to see the world but more so to love on people. She traveled alone to a new country {she is much braver than I am!} and immersed herself in their culture. Unfortunately she ended up getting very sick on that trip {with Malaria} and it did not end up being the experience that she had hoped for. Thankfully, God had bigger plans and she fell in love with the people there.

It was as a result of that trip that she met an equally as amazing woman of God, Kelsey. Like Megan, Kelsey had a passion to help people know their worth through Christ, and understand that He is their provider and healer. It was after a mission trip to Uganda, when Kelsey was a sophomore in college, that her heart was burdened for the people. Several years later, along with a local Ugandan pastor, she started a ministry called ROWANRural Orphans and Widows AIDS Network.

The area of Uganda that Megan and Kelsey visited is no stranger to the AIDS epidemic that has crippled Africa. And the people there receive no support or funding from their government. Many women are left without husbands and providers. Many more children are left without parents . And as a Christian myself, I know that the Lord has called us to worship Him by caring for those who need to know His HOPE and know His LOVE.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress… {James 1:27}

Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. {Psalm 82:3}

Seek justice. Encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless and plead the case of widows. {Isaiah 1:17}

After visiting with Megan throughout the years about this ministry, I have decided to help in any way that I can. I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Kelsey {who is currently living in CO} and witnessed firsthand her heart and vision . She told me that one of her main goals while living stateside is to get the word out about ROWAN. Since this is a grassroots ministry, with no major celebrity backing, Kelsey along with her small volunteer staff are responsible for raising funds and raising awareness.
It is in that spirit I want to give you the chance to win one of two wonderful gifts, made by women in Africa, whose lives are being changed by ROWAN.
 or you can
 Here are the details of the giveaway:
**To enter you must LikeROWAN on FB{click here} and comment about that below
**You will get an extra entry for posting about ROWAN (with a link to their FB page or their website) on your own FB page. {add an additional comment below}
**You will get two additional entries if you blog about this giveaway. {comment below}
**This giveaway is open until Monday January 30th at 7 p.m. MST
**If you win, I will contact you by email for your information and mail the bracelet or necklace to you.
 **Even if you don’t win, you can still get some wonderful jewelry for 10% off using the code: ali when you check out. Plus shipping is always free in the US.
Go to http://loverowan.wazala.com to shop and support this amazing ministry!
**all pictures from courtesy of rowanLOVE.com and rowanlove.wazala.com**

15 thoughts on “Widows, orphans & a giveaway

  1. Ali, your kindness has truly blown me away! I get your blog notifications on my phone (I’m that addicted) and when I saw this one, tears were unavoidable. I feel so encouraged by your praise and affirmation. So touched by your giving heart. Can’t imagine a better friend. Wow, just wow.

  2. This is a wonderful ministry. I love the story about Megan getting sick and then discovering her true passion for the people of Uganda. It is just like God to take what the enemy tried to mess up and make it a ministry. I will definitely keep ROWAN in my prayers. Thank you so much for sharing Ali. Love and miss you my sweet friend.

    p.s- give E my love. 😉

      • thank you so much for your support Katylen! I stepped into the village in 2001- I was 19! And now the Lord is blessing this region with HOPE. We are a small team with big hearts. Thank you for your prayers! Any opportunities to get the word out about what we are doing, that would be wonderful! Ali is helping so much. Blessings! Kelsey Hargadine

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  4. I “liked” ROWAN on Facebook!!! This sounds like an awesome organization. I love their mission. I will be praying for all of those women and that God will use ROWAN to transform their lives. Thanks for sharing Ali!

  5. thank you all for your love and support. Our heart is to get the word OUT and Ali is doing just that! Thanks Ali and all these gals that are supporting us through our page. Every LIKE counts! Welcome all to the ROWAN family 🙂

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