The James Place: Solid as a Rock

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Think of the James Place as a city upon a hill, a shining example for all the world to look up to. Its founder, Tina Weir, was brilliant in her creation of this self-sustaining ministry. HEAL Ministries empowers vulnerable women in Christ to get an education, learn a craft, and provide for their families. The James Place works because it is Ugandan led and built on the Word of God. This is the kind of ministry that creates lasting and meaningful change.

The Lord is so alive in this place. The light that radiates from this ministry cannot be put out. Most of the abandoned women show up at the gates seeking us out because they have heard about the miracles this place is working. It’s a place that cannot be put down because it is built on solid ground. The James Place is solid, solid as a rock.

 

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise,
like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 
Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise
and the winds beat against that house,
it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock."
- Matthew 7:24-25

 

The James Place was founded on the Word – James 1:27. It was created to “look after orphans and widows in distress,” to serve the least of these. The Lord’s hands are all over this little plot of land. Because of His faithfulness, families are being preserved, relationships are thriving, and women are being empowered with the love of Jesus Christ.

I am so fortunate to be able to witness the Lord at work in this place every day. He continuously reveals himself to me in the little things throughout the day. Whether it is the laughter and smiles of all 60 of our kids, conversations with the women, folding towels with a staff member, or even sweeping up the goat poop! He has used the James Place to teach me the importance of finding joy in the little things—to BE STILL and know that he is God.

HEAL Ministries has created a safe haven for over 212 families and has equipped them with the tools they need to thrive in their communities. I look around this place today and I see fellowship, smiles, laughter, and the love of Jesus in abundance. All of this is made possible because of the firm foundation this ministry was built upon – the Word of God.

- Volunteer Intern, Grace Pouch, from Charleston, S.C.