Thursday, March 11, 2010


Dear family and friends,

This is going to be a long blog, but the information in it is important. I would love it if you took a few minutes to understand what I want to share with you. As you know, I have reached my halfway point in Gulu. It has been great to come back and see so much more than you could see on a two week trip. Angela and I have learned so much by being here, and we are excited to share some plans with you. After a lot of God ordained experiences, we are starting a business in Gulu for abused and neglected women. I will briefly share with you about the things that have been confirmed for me.

In May, I felt led to this passage in Isaiah 37:31-32, which says, “And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. For out of Jerusalem shall go out a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” I thought it sounded cool and I knew it was from God, but I really didn’t know what it meant for me. A few months later, I felt led to 2 Kings 19:30-31, which happens to say, “And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. For out of Jerusalem shall go out a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD will do this.” I was really confused as to why God kept bringing this up with me.

After experiencing a season of feeling like I was barely surviving, I began to take root in God. Before I left, I wrote my friend Pam a letter talking about these verses and about how I feel like it is my time to bear fruit upward while I will be in Gulu. Little did I know that it would get even more confirmation! A few weeks into our time in Gulu, we were at our morning devotions and our director, Carole, spoke about taking spiritual root in God so that we can grow upward and bear fruit. I couldn’t believe my ears!

The same night, we stopped by Pastor Ron’s house and talked to him. I told him about the verses that God spoke to me before I got here, and how Carole’s vision was exactly the same. He loved it. We decided that we would go with him and his wife, Joy, to a region called Kisubi, a slum where a lot of the Congolese women live. These women have been through so much. We prayed with Pastor Ron and Joy before we left, and Joy kept referring to the women as “remnants” in her prayers. She didn’t hear about the verses I shared with Pastor Ron. When she wasn’t in the room, Pastor Ron asked me if I noticed it. I asked if he told her what I shared with him, and he said no. When we arrived in Kisubi, Pastor Ron and Joy asked me to share with the women, and I ended up sharing about the verses and some personal experiences. I knew that God spoke to me about personally being the remnant, but I had no idea that they were the remnant as well.

That week, Angela shared her idea about starting a screen printing company for the women to generate an income. Many of these women were prostitutes, but after hearing the gospel, they need a new source of income. They are abandoned by their husbands and their children are starving. We were compelled to help, and this seems like a great way to do so.

So to conclude this background, we are starting Remnant Uganda, a screen printing business for the women of Gulu! The business is twofold: one, it will be the first quality screen printing business in Gulu for organizations and churches to get legitimate shirts made. Two, we will feature shirts that are created by artists who donate their work to us to help the cause. We will also have a sewing project of purses and headbands to keep the women occupied during spare time.

We keep getting incredible confirmation on this project. For example, I was led to Zephaniah 2:7 a few weeks ago. It says, “The seacoast shall become the possession of the remnant of the house of Judah, on which they shall graze, and in the houses of Ashkelon they shall lie down at evening. For the LORD their God will be mindful of them and restore their fortunes.” The most interesting part of this entire experience is that we haven’t found these verses when you look up “remnant” in any concordances we have access to!

It is thrilling to see all of this happen before our eyes, and since you are important to me, I wanted to let you in on it. We haven’t officially launched our website yet, but there is a paypal link there right now. If you are interested in helping us start Remnant, we would love your support. Any amount of money would be incredibly helpful. Just follow this link:

If you are unable to help us financially, an even better way to help us is through prayer. We need prayer for:

- The women who will be employed

- Funds to help us begin the business

- Supplies to arrive with ease in two weeks

- Paperwork to be completed quickly and easily

- The right managerial staff to be hired

- A good location

- Protection from an inherently corrupt society

- The remainder of our time here

- And of course, for God to lead us in everything that we do in regards to this business.

All of you have helped me so much already, and I don’t want to ask you for more help. I wholeheartedly believe that this is what God wants of me right now, so I am happy to continue. I appreciate all of you so much and I’m excited to hear from you and see you in May!


Yvette (and Angela)


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