The Lulu Tree prevents tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s families through the local church — and this includes equipping the elderly who act as primary caregivers for their grandchildren.
“I will be your God throughout your lifetime — until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.”
~ Isaiah 46:4
Regardless of age we are all children to God. He desires to be Lord of all people but how will they know this unless we tell them. Many children in Uganda do not have parents to care for them, so they go to live with their grandparents, or jajjas as they are known. We want to bless those whose hair is turning white with age with the love and care of God. We want to honor them and give them the peace and joy that comes with knowing the One who has made them. As they grow in their knowledge of the Lord they will be examples to those in their care and help in preventing tomorrow’s orphans.
This is Pastor Emmy. He is a member of our South Sudan team, but he also helps Mommy Esther head up the jajja (grandmother/father) outreaches in Uganda. Emmy was one of many children in Africa who was raised by his grandmother when his own parents weren’t able to.
The Lulu Tree trains up pastors to care for jajjas by hosting outreaches in different churches each month. A meal is provided, cooked by the women from the church, and songs and a message are given by the Lulu team in conjunction with the pastor and his elders.
The goal is to not have The Lulu Tree run these outreaches, but rather, to pass off the ministry entirely to the church team, thus enabling them to have their own ministries in their own communities.
By partnering with The Lulu Tree jajja outreaches, you will not only equip a pastor to care for the elderly in his community through a monthly meal and discipleship program, but you will also equip jajjas to a) care for the grandchildren in their own homes, and b) conduct outreaches of their own — reaching the many Muslim grandmothers and grandfathers in their villages who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.