Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21

Hey guys,

I have a prayer request. See this sweet face on the right?


Her name is Hailey, and she’s one of the best people I know.

Hailey is a sophomore at MC. She has awesome parents who run a camp for special needs kids each summer.

Right now, Hailey is in Haiti. She’s supposed to be spending a semester living, eating, and breathing all thing Haiti at a children’s home. (I didn’t ask her, but I’m almost positive the girl in the picture above is one of the kids from the home.) I talked to Hailey on Tuesday, and God has already done really neat things in her time there.

Here’s the thing. It’s hard. Really hard. And Hailey needs direction.
Hailey needs hope. She’s got the Eternal hope. And she desperately wants to be able to share Him with the people of Haiti. But for a number of reasons, it seems like she is held back.


Would you pray hard with me today? Wherever you are. Right now. Stop and pray for Hailey.
That God would give her a vision of what He plans to do with her.
Even if that means coming home.
Let’s join together in prayer and ask God to give hope to Hailey.

Here’s a link to her blog if you want to know more about this awesome girl. 

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 12:12



Throwing out an idea. And a few pictures from the weekend!

No great moral is coming out of this post! I’ve been feeling out of writing since my last post, but I wanted to throw out an idea and share some pictures of last weekend adventures. I’ll write more later!

With the Thanksgiving and Christmas season coming into full swing in the US, I wanted to put an idea out there and see if anyone would be interested in it. I know so many people have done so much for me from donating for the trip to wrapping books and cars for christmas gifts for the kids and sending school supplies that are hard to get here, but God’s laid something extra for you to help with on my heart a few times. If you’re interested, I’d like to raise some money for Rafiki and the organizations that we visited this past weekend. If God doesn’t have me here next semester helping with orphans, I’d love to at least make it a little easier for the ones He has called for this time! These are all organizations that run on small budgets but do really incredible things for the people of Uganda. I can’t wait to tell you more about our weekend and Amazima and Musana later this week.

I’m not sure how this would play out. It’s definitely up for discussion. I’ll be home in about two weeks and I’d love to get something going for when I get home (nothing too involved Mom, I promise!). Maybe get kids involved in a tangible way. There’s a group that gets kids to do cupcake stands (kind of like lemonade stands) to raise money for orphans. Maybe something along those lines? Hot chocolate and cookies around Christmas time? Or something completely different. Whatever works! I haven’t even mentioned this to my parents, so if it falls flat, that’s totally fine! I just wanted to put it out there because I know this is a season of giving across the world, and I want to keep my eyes on Jesus instead of all the busyness of Christmas as I travel home in a few weeks! If you’re interested in helping or have ideas, email me at Darphin@mc.edu or comment here!

It’s been a week since our trip to Jinja and Iganga to see Musana and Amazima and the work both of these organizations are doing in this beautiful but very poor country. It was a really good and busy weekend full of experiences and conversations I won’t soon forget! I’m going to write a post on it soon (hopefully), but for now, here are some pictures! Enjoy!

And thanks for prayers. I got to meet and spend time with Katie Davis! God answers even the small desires of our hearts.

Thanks so much again for all the support, prayers, notes, facebook messages, books, school supplies, matchbox cars, packages, letters, emails, comments, and love that has been sent my way (and the kids way!) during this adventure God has had me on the past three months!
I love each and every one of you and am so thankful that you’ve followed along so far!

This Weekend: Prayer Requests

Sunrise at Rafiki (Thanks for the picture, Cecilia!)

We’ll be getting up bright and early tomorrow morrning to travel to two towns about 3 hours from here for the weekend. The women ROS (Carolyn, Cecilia, and Patti) and I are going to see two ministries, Amazima and Musana (learn more about both in “Change the World” below the header). I talked a little about this trip on this post. Both ministries are run by girls just a few years older than me, and I’m so excited about it! Please pray for  safe travels as the roads aren’t the best, and for a good time of fellowship and relaxation/learning for all of us. I can’t wait to tell you more about what God is doing in these places when we return!
(And continue to pray that Katie Davis would be at the Amazima feeding program. It’s a silly request, but I really want to meet her!)


What am I doing?

First, I want to apologize to all the people I have not yet emailed back. I have loved all the emails I have gotten recently but have failed miserably in responding in a timely manner. I’d like to say it was because I was just so busy saving orphans, but really it’s more likely I’m lazy and sometimes a little overwhelmed with communication. And I’m 8000 miles away, so I know you won’t get too upset if you don’t get a response immediately. I will get back to you! I promise.

Now that that’s off my chest. I got an email the other day that asked what a typical day was like here. And honestly, I asked myself that same question. There haven’t been many “typical days” since I’ve been here. But I’ve done and seen a lot, and I’ll tell you about the things I do most often. I really just realized when I got that email (that I haven’t responded to, sorry Mrs. Tina!) that I haven’t really talked about day to day life here. So here it is:

I’m a project kind of girl. I like to have a task and see it through to completion. So I’ve gotten a lot of projects that the ROS need done but don’t really have time to do. I’m learning to see Jesus in the small things through these projects. I’ve put all of the books in the library in a spreadsheet so home office can have a record of the books we have. I just finished counting and doing inventory on the widow’s program merchandise to be sent to the Rafiki Exchange and have made up packets of medicine for the children and staff that take medicine daily up through January. Now I’m working on getting a set of new books ready to be put in the library with library cards and “Property of Rafiki School” written on every one. There’s also been other little tasks like putting the kids artwork around the dining hall and running to the photocopier with Cecilia.

I think sometimes Carolyn or Cecilia have me do things more because they know I’ll enjoy it than there actually being a huge need. But I’m very thankful for those jobs. One of those things that I’ve done is going to doctor’s appointments for Lillian and other kids with Carolyn. I guess the ten years I dreamt of all things doctor has stuck with me a little bit. Although I no longer desire to be the one operating (well, most days anyway), it’s fascinating to see hospitals and doctor’s offices in a different country. Some offices we go to are much like what we’d see in the states, although a little more primitive. But the hospital I’ve been to (there are many in our area) was possibly the most unnerving yet intriguing thing I’ve seen in my time here. I’ve also spent a lot of time with Carolyn and Cecilia and Patti going into Kampala for different things for the children and the school. Yesterday, Carolyn and I drove to two different government offices to drop off paperwork that has to be done to keep each child at Rafiki.

For two weeks, I taught/helped to teach Kindergarten. To some, this probably seems like a super easy no brainer job. It’s not. If nothing else, I have gained a tremendous amount of respect for teachers and will send daily goodie bags filled with fun to the teachers of my one day children. Because they deserve it. Teaching is tough. Classroom management is tougher. These Rafiki kids are extremely well behaved. Even the day students. But I must say that was the hardest job I’ve ever had. Only two days of the two weeks was I the only teacher for this group of children, and both days I came home at noon (because the 5’s only go from 7:45 to 12) and took a nap. I was exhausted and my body actually physically hurt. Needless to say, teaching isn’t for me, and I soo appreciate the ones who God has called to it. But I’m also thankful it was just two weeks that they needed me!

I tutor two P6 (sixth grade) boys in math every afternoon. They challenge me to work on my patience without even knowing it, but their desire to learn, the progress they have made, and the fun we have (even in learning) are all huge rewards.

GAMES was a week where the kids had different activities each day while on break from school. (Kids in Uganda [and most of Africa] go to school year round with two or three week breaks every three months and a longer break for Christmas.) They colored the Uganda flag, drew pictures of what Uganda meant to each of the children, had a slip and slide/water day , watched movies, did craft projects, sang and danced, and much more.

I’ve been here almost two months, and it feels like so much longer but not that long at the same time. I love this place, this country, these people. This isn’t a complete description of everything I’ve done and I’ll write more as I think of more! I’ve been fortunate to be able to see and do a lot of different things in my time here, and there’s still more to be done.

Minor prayer request: I feel silly even writing this, but oh well. In a few weekends (November 18-20), the women ROS and I are going to Jinja and Iganga for the weekend. We’re going to see two different organizations that were started by girls just about my age, Amazima and Musana Children’s Home. The girls from Musana are friends of one of the ROS and came to see Rafiki about a month ago, and now we’re going to see what they do. I’m going to write a post about them when we get back. Their story is incredible. Amazima is the organization that Katie Davis started after moving here 4 years ago. (Links to more info on her are under Change the World on my blog header.) We are going to a feeding program that they do for children in a town outside of Jinja. Here is the prayer part: I really want to meet Katie. and the people from Amazima that I’ve talked to say she’s usually there. But would you pray that she would be there? Her blog had a big impact on my life last semester and is one of the ways God used to get me here. I feel so silly asking for that, but it would be really neat to be able to meet her. (Also, if you haven’t gotten her book Kisses From Katie, buy it and read it. I haven’t found it here yet, but my mom is sending me a copy. I’ve heard it’s incredible.)

In Him,

**Also, I am playing with the format of the blog. If you want to leave a comment, it’s up at the top of the post under the date. I’m not sure if I’ll stick with this format, but it’s fun to play!

**Another thing: Aren’t these boys on the header sooo cute? My cottage 12 boys. Benon, Jerome, Simon, and Isaac. Can I fit them in my suitcase and bring them home, Dad?

Propane Update

Thank you so much for all the prayers for propane.

The propane truck came today and we are now 38% full! While we’d obviously like to be 100% full, 38% is a huge answer to prayer, and we hope to get more next week.

Again, thank you so much for all your prayers. Our God is one who listens and answers our prayers. Carolyn reminded me of the story of the woman and the oil and how God provided when she thought she would run out. I’m not sure what to say other than it is truly amazing and a blessing for the Lord that we didn’t run out. Not one kid went without their normal meals, and the options that were available for other cooking methods didn’t have to be used.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 
Matthew 7:7-11


This little girl in the yellow is named Lillian.

I need to get a better picture of her because she has the most joyful spirit.
Lillian will tell you that she’s turning 9 in December, but it’s more likely that she’s about 12. She came to Rafiki about 3 years ago from a village where both of her parents had died.
She was sick and malnourished when she came to Rafiki, suffering with tape worms and chronic ear infections.
She’s seen huge physical growth (although she’s still tiny for her age) and her health has improved drastically.
Because of reoccurring ear infections that went without treatment before Lil got to Rafiki, she has a hole in her eardrum that has leaked something that looks like snot for a while now. This is dangerous because it could drain into her brain and cause meningitis if it is not kept clear and dry.
After almost two years of treatment and cleaning to dry out the ear and find the problem, she’s having surgery to repair this tomorrow.
It was a problem that the Ugandan ENT did not feel comfortable operating on alone, so he scheduled her for surgery with a group of Canadian ENTs that are in Kampala for two weeks doing as many surgeries as they can on local children with ear problems. A Canadian surgeon will be operating on her with help from her Ugandan doctor.
Pray, if you would, that the surgery goes well, and there are no complications.
More to come about Lillian after surgery.


**Update: Lillian is home from surgery and doing well. She spent one night in the hospital and might return to school tomorrow. She’s hurting but will recover well with very little hearing loss. Thanks so much for the prayers. Continue to pray as her recovery has just begun, and she’s in a lot of pain.

Prayer Request

Prayer Request:
Pray that Rafiki’s propane supplier will bring propane to the village soon. The kitchen runs on propane, and the tank is below empty. The propane company was notified a while ago but because of a spike in coal prices, propane supplies across the country are slim to none. Pray that our supplier gets propane soon, and that the Lord provides enough for cooking in the mean time. The kitchen produces about 700 meals a day during the school week which starts monday, and we have lots of hungry kids to feed!

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16