Hi yall, my name is Wynne and I'm so excited to be sharing on this space today! I absolutely love Created for Care. It has been a huge part of our adoption journey, and I’m looking forward to my third retreat this March. My C4C story today [although I have many I could share] really has nothing to do with adoption! But I love how God works, in His perfect timing, and how He can weave people and opportunities in our lives when we least expect it.
Enter Asher Collie. I met Asher [center of pic below] at Created for Care in 2012. We were sitting in a breakout session, and I noticed a really pretty tattoo on her foot [where I was thinking of getting one!] and so naturally I struck up a conversation with her. [don’t you wish every friendship had an awesome tattoo story!] Besides having a really cool tattoo on her foot, Asher had a dream and a passion: to see JIGGERS totally removed from the feets of the people of Uganda. She had just started her organization, Sole Hope, and had a booth right across from the Noonday Collection booth I was working! We spent “pj night” talking all things Africa, tattoos, and adoption. I loved her heart, and signed up for her newsletter when I got home.
I followed Asher + Dru’s journey to Uganda, and tried to be a constant prayer supporter and financial supporter for them. I loved what they were doing. I loved her heart, as she saw something that she couldn't ignore. She didn’t pass “the problem” onto someone else, but instead took it as HER mission.
Fast forward 1.5 years later….my husband and I were leading a Man Up mission trip team to Uganda and Ethiopia this past June, and thanks to Asher [and instagram!] our whole entire team got to spend the evening at their Sole Hope Guest House in Jinja, Uganda having a traditional Ugandan meal!
I actually took this picture “for created for care”! We couldn’t believe that because we simply connected at an adoption retreat several years back, we were now sharing a meal in Uganda. But the story goes on, and gets better!
As I was praying about which retreat I would get to attend this year, for the first time in 3 years, I’m not getting to go to my usual January-turned-February retreat. I was a little sad about this, but it just did not work with my schedule. So I signed up for the March retreat! Come to find out months later, God was at work! I mean, He always is, but this is just too cool! Several months after our visit with Asher + Dru in Uganda, Dru asked me if I was interested in coming on a “blogger trip”. He had no idea that that’s been a dream of mine for the past two years! As God always does, He’s working out all the details. The trip is in...you guessed it MARCH! The team is all meeting up in….you guessed it, Atlanta! So the day after Created for Care this year I’ll be headed to Uganda for 10 days with a group of 7 other bloggers to serve and work with Sole Hope and write our hearts out and share their stories.
You can follow our journey on social media with the hashtag #solehopebloggers, and on my blog Gloriously Ruined. Hope to see yall in March!
Wynne is a Texas girl married to her best friend wildly chasing after God's plan for her life. She's an incredibly blessed adoptive momma to the most beautiful Ethiopian babies she knows, Camp + Asher. Her blog, Gloriously Ruined, is a place where stories are told, hope is given, and the firm belief that anybody can change the world is spoken. Wynne's own life was gloriously ruined by her trips to visit and love on orphans in Africa, and she's using her stories and voice to encourage others to step out of their comfort zone and be ruined too. You can always find her trying to "purchase with purpose", rocking Noonday Collection, and drinking Ethiopian coffee.