Sweet Sleep!!

I’ve shared with you before about Sweet Sleep, a nonprofit ministry based in Nashville which provides beds, bedding and Bibles to orphaned and abandoned children around the world (www.sweetsleep.org) . Thanks to you, Sweet Sleep has done amazing work in northern Uganda. And, with your support RIGHT NOW, we can do it again.
Here’s the situation:

Sweet Sleep and their partner, American Refugee Committee (ARC), is working with hundreds of thousands of children living in child-headed households in the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps in northern Uganda. 20 years ago, the government of Uganda placed every person in every tribe into these camps to protect them from rebels which were attacking the North over two decades. A few years ago this area finally began to experience peace, however today, more than a million people are still living in these camps. An estimated 750,000 of these people are children who are orphans with no place to go. ARC is working to trace each child by their family name back to their home tribe. They then work with village leaders to determine what land their family owned and reclaim it for them. As part of the process, each resettled child receives a new hut from ARC.

Being resettled gives a child hope and a chance for a new life. There’s just one problem: the children have been afraid to leave. Until now.

Even though the Ugandan Government has closed these camps, it is very difficult to get all of the children to leave. The children in these child-headed households were born in these camps – it’s simply all they’ve ever known.

In January of this year, as Sweet Sleep’s partnerships began in northern Uganda, ARC hoped to resettle 600 children. This was more than the number of children they resettled in 2009, but they were hoping the children would have a good response to the opportunity of being provided with a bed, net and Bible.

By the end of this June, Sweet Sleep had already provided ARC with the full amount of beds, nets and Bibles they’d requested for the entire year! Much to the amazement of ARC leadership, the children are now lining up to leave the camps to be resettled into their home villages. The children are sharing with ARC and Sweet Sleep that they never imagined they could have such a thing as a bed, mosquito net or a Bible of their own. Many other organizations in northern Uganda have come to ARC to ask how they’ve been able to get so many children to resettle. Who would have known something as simple as a bed, mosquito net and Bible could be so completely profound on a child’s life? Amazing. Simply amazing!

So, my friends, here’s where you come in. ARC recently asked Sweet Sleep to provide 700 more beds to the additional children they’ll be able to resettle this November – in just 25 days! But we can’t resettle these children without you. A resettlement kit with a straw mat, new mattress, blanket, mosquito net and Bible is just $50! 
$50 to help a child find hope, peace and comfort in their new home. And thanks to some wonderful friends of Sweet Sleep’s, any gifts given to help resettle these children in October will be matched 100%! We need just 350 friends to give $50 or 175 people to give $100 – we can do this, right? So take a moment and think – how many beds can I provide? I know you’ll sleep sweeter knowing a child has come home and will sleep sweetly because of your gift. Just go to www.sweetsleep.org to donate any amount and be sure to write “Gulu” in the comment box. 

One more thing….read this letter from a child Sweet Sleep resettled in June. Let’s work together to help more sweet orphans like David finally come home.

Dear Sweet Sleep,

My name is David. I am 14 years old and am in primary four. I would like to thank you, Sweet Sleep for giving me the mattresses and mostly the Bible.

Now days I know more about God than I did before because I read my Bible and after I go for a sleep on my soft mattress. Am very happy this days because I start sleep right when I got on to my bed till morning without feeling any pain. 

So I again thank God for that special gift which I was not even expecting in my life and not forgetting to pray for you and also the organization called Sweet Sleep.

Thank you so much from David.

God Bless You.


Angie

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  • Mama Henley

    How precious is that letter from David! We are going to pray for these precious children and will go to the website to donate. Who will help these children run their households, get food, etc?

  • Mama Henley

    How precious is that letter from David! We are going to pray for these precious children and will go to the website to donate. Who will help these children run their households, get food, etc?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N66ZTZ3VU43ILPF7CGZYW3JALA Traci L

    Awesome! Thanks for bringing awareness to this Angie. Off to check out the website! Love you, Traci http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N66ZTZ3VU43ILPF7CGZYW3JALA Traci L

    Awesome! Thanks for bringing awareness to this Angie. Off to check out the website! Love you, Traci http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

  • Sarahdanae83

    What an amazing thing. Thank you for telling me about it…already heading there to get some mattresses for those precious THANKFUL children. Will post this info on my facebook and blog.
    ~Sarah Erwin
    http://cserwin.blogspot.com

  • Sarahdanae83

    What an amazing thing. Thank you for telling me about it…already heading there to get some mattresses for those precious THANKFUL children. Will post this info on my facebook and blog.
    ~Sarah Erwin
    http://cserwin.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000464174275 Dena Ross Olsen

    Angie…….Thank you so much for sharing:) The letter from David was truly precious……..something we take for granted gives this precious child so much hope :) Have a great day………and Sleep Sweet :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000464174275 Dena Ross Olsen

    Angie…….Thank you so much for sharing:) The letter from David was truly precious……..something we take for granted gives this precious child so much hope :) Have a great day………and Sleep Sweet :)

  • http://kandilandblog.blogspot.com Kandi

    Oh my word. That letter from David is so sweet. I know that I really do take things for granted and it puts things in perspective for me!

    What a wonderful organization. I just got a job but haven’t gotten paid yet but when I do I’d love to be a part of this! Thanks for letting us know!

    Praying for these wonderful children!

    http://kandilandblog.blogspot.com

  • http://kandilandblog.blogspot.com Kandi

    Oh my word. That letter from David is so sweet. I know that I really do take things for granted and it puts things in perspective for me!

    What a wonderful organization. I just got a job but haven’t gotten paid yet but when I do I’d love to be a part of this! Thanks for letting us know!

    Praying for these wonderful children!

    http://kandilandblog.blogspot.com

  • http://palepearl.wordpress.com Jenniferfenske

    Angie, I know that I pray over my darlings in their clean beds and thank God I can provide (along with my husband!) the blessing of sweet sleep. But I have traveled to third world countries and I know of the sleeping condition for poor children–especially orphans.

    Thank you for this opportunity. I have donated today. God bless, friend.

  • http://palepearl.wordpress.com Jenniferfenske

    Angie, I know that I pray over my darlings in their clean beds and thank God I can provide (along with my husband!) the blessing of sweet sleep. But I have traveled to third world countries and I know of the sleeping condition for poor children–especially orphans.

    Thank you for this opportunity. I have donated today. God bless, friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542888981 Susan Idell

    Great idea! Thanks Angie.

  • Jenn

    I had a very nice palm pilot that my hubby bought for me for Christmas. We needed money a few months ago and I tried selling it but never found anyone interested. Of course God filled our financial need and my husband just told me yesterday that someone wanted to buy my palm for $50. I knew immediately that I was supposed to give that money to sweet sleep. I love moments like that where Jesus shows us without a doubt what we’re supposed to do. I wish I could donate more. I will surely keep this project in prayer that they exceed their needs by their deadline.

  • Bethherring62

    Precious letter from that sweet boy. This is a great organization and a wonderful way to help others. THanks for sharing!

  • Sarahmarie

    Dear Angie, My name is Sarah…I am currently rerading your book “I Willl Carry You” I too lost a baby at 5 months pregnant My son had a condition called ABS its a band that forms in the womb for no apperent reason that wrapped around his little baby arms and right leg…It was dec 14th, 2009 I went to the Obgyn to find out the babys sex but only to find out that their was no longer a heart beat…after 3 days in labor my son Christian Angel 12/17/09 was born at 8:32am weighing only a hafe of pound at 6 inches long.This is my first and only baby I wanted him more than word can decribe….I too am a christian but when I lost my son I did indeed lose my Faith in the Lord, I want to thank you Angie Smith for writing this book you tought me so much about how the lord works and if it wasnt for this book I dont know where my faith would have been.. you opened my eyes in a hole new way I was so dissapointed in the Lord for taking my son but now I am so greatfull God choses me to take my son to heaven…Thank you so much..you will forever be in my prayers may god bless your heart!

    P.s If it is at all possible could you E mail me that you got this post SarahMarie6787@yahoo.com
    thank you so much again if you dont have the time i do understand!

  • Michele

    Hello Angie,
    Sitting here on my couch & reading about the Children In Uganda, made me think about how much I take for granted or don’t even thank God for, such as the couch I’m sitting on. My mind is filled with images of this, and that has touched my heart deeply. I will contact the Sweet Sleep organization.
    May our Amazing God continue to bless you &use you.
    Michele Katherine

  • Julie

    How quietly she
    tiptoed into our world.
    Softly, only a moment
    she stayed,
    but what an imprint
    her footprints have left
    upon our hearts

    Remembering your sweet little girl today…and forever.

    Julie
    vibrant-designs.blogspot.com

  • Tbarch

    I just started reading your blog today and I think I have been reading it for over 3 hours now. I am amazed at all you have gone through and how you never lost you faith. I am amazed at what a good example you are of a strong Christian woman!! Your spirit is amazing. I wish we could all be more like you. I have 10 kids. We just adopted 3 special needs babies from the ukriane. I just came across your blog by seeing it on someone else’s. I think God planned it that way because I learned a lot tonight that I had not intention of learning. Thank you for letting everyone see your story and what you have gone through. It really shows people what having Christ in your life can do for people. GOd Bless You

  • HB

    Hi Angie–I’m the weirdo who met you in the Lobby of the Sheraton this weekend. So great to meet you and talk twins. I posted about the weekend here: http://hbandfriends.blogspot.com/
    Pic of you and your stalker near the bottom of the post. :)

  • http://onegirl-itjusttakesone.blogspot.com OneGirl

    That letter is very touching and sweet.

    Also, Angie, just wanted to let you know that I wrote about you the other day. I wouldn’t want my name floating out there without knowing, so I thought I’d give you a heads up.

    http://onegirl-itjusttakesone.blogspot.com/2010/10/clothes-for-bloggers.html

  • Kandecoxon

    Angie,
    I somehow stumbled across your story by accident. I watched the you tube videos put on by your church (I’m assuming). First, let me say that you are an amazing woman. (Your husband seems pretty great too…what a support). You have a beautiful story and an even more beautiful testimony. Your daughter Audrey was absolutely beautiful.
    About 7 years ago, my brother and sister in law had a still birth. It was their first child. The pregnancy was uneventful and nothing showed signs of problems. My sister in law went in for her 39 week appointment, and the baby had no heart beat. What a blow to our family. They were so devastated. My beautiful niece, Natalie Joy, was born in the arms of Jesus. I can see that day so clearly in my head….and I can still feel little Natalie warm in her blankets as I held her. Got obviously had other plans for her and for us…plans that we still don’t understand. Your story has made me realize that even though I know that God knows best, good things can still come from bad situations. We all miss her very much, but know that she’s in the presence of God, and I would never change that. I wish I were there with her :)
    God bless your ministry and your testimony. You truly have a beautiful family, and I love the song that you and your husband wrote.
    Bless you. Thank you for letting me share and thank you for your ministry.
    Elizabeth Coxon, Loveland, CO

  • Mebbott1120

    ANGIE!!!!!! I’m a 22 year old gal who would like to donate $50 for a new bed, bible, and mosquito net. I went to the website however and it says that it costs $88. I am confused. Where do you get $50 from? Or maybe its because you said that in the month of october, donations are matched, so therefore the cost of $88 will be covered since I’ll donate $50 and it’ll be matched with $50? I dont know and am confused! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASEEEEEE EMAIL ME!!!! I’d love to do this!!!!!! Thanks so much!!!! *Megan from WI* mebbott1120@hotmail.com

  • Jenn

    Done! Thank you for sharing this ministry.

    I want to share this blog with you…this girl is 21 and raising 14 kids in Uganda. She is from Tennessee and her ministry is called Amazima Ministry out of Brentwood, TN. She is so inspiring, I hope you are blessed. http://www.kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com/