Go Team Stories

I grew up in America with everything I could ever want and often find myself putting value in earthly things, but these children who grew up with very little earthly things put value in Jesus

Going to Uganda was a life changing experience and I cannot imagine being with anyone other than the GO team through IVO. Their love for Jesus, Africa, and Orphans is evident in everything they do.

I went to Uganda thinking I would change a few lives and kiss some babies, but in actuality they changed my life more than I could ever hope to change theirs.

I was blown away by their love for Jesus. They give it all to Him and praise Him in the trials of their life. I want to have that kind of faith. I want to be like the street boys who have nothing and yet sing at the top of their lungs how Great God is and how He is mighty to save. When I grow up, I want to be like them.

"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes” -David Platt This quote runs through my mind daily. I know their names. I’ve seen their faces. I’ve held them in my arms. I’ve changed. My life will never be the same. Uganda wrecked my life. It made me realize that there is so much more to this world than the simple American dream. It made me step back and realize that God has such great plans for all of our lives, if we simply open ourselves to him. Because of IVO and the GO team my life, plans, dreams, and view of the world were forever changed. My heart is yearning to go back to Uganda and serve again. Be warned, once you go you will be changed…for the better! Get ready to love like crazy and for God to break your heart for what breaks His!

Ashton Rice

I knew going in that God would show up big and guide us through this journey He has us on for His kingdom. It was His plan from the start. I know that I have big love in my heart for the orphan, for children...but what God showed me was what truly breaks HIS heart, the love HE has for his hurt children.

When God asked us to adopt I knew that I could love a child, but was afraid I wouldn't be able to love him like my own...But God showed me I could. The day we left Peter (not his real name) had to be one of the most gut wrenching days of our lives...Yes God showed me a love like I NEVER knew I could have in two short weeks. He showed me a side of my husband, Craig, that blew me away. He showed me that Craig too could love so unconditionally a child without any question or reserve...and not just any child but a child from a different country, different background, with HIV...God ripped our hearts wide open...the pain of leaving was unreal.

The Lord showed us exactly how much He loves is children...through the eyes of those amazing boys at the orphanage home. Again He showed us love...true genuine love.

I am forever wrecked..there is SO much I want to do. Advocate for the children of africa with HIV..open a house/orphanage for children that have been abandoned by the HIV stigma on their lives. To help reunite children with their families in Uganda if they have family. To raise all the money needed for Praise to help raise her children, to help API reach more woman. So there is so much I want to do, but waiting for God to show me the next steps for me/us.

God is showing Craig what HE wants for his next steps..we know He has us both on the same path together...but just waiting for Him to reveal more.

I wish I had the time to truly email what God showed me what led me to IVO and this trip...it is crazy and wild how God put it all together.

This trip He to gave us amazing relationships... God is so good in building these friendships.

I could go on and on on what God has shown..but the biggest is the abundance of Love He has for us, His children and when He sets a plan in motion NOTHING can stop it.

Again Craig and I had the most amazing time with you and the team...can't wait to GO again and we know we are...so put us on your next Go trip..we are full in.

Love to you and that beautiful family,