I don't think I ever mentioned that while I was in Uganda I found out about a great opportunity for people (usually girls) to volunteer at Amani Baby Cottage.
You'd be helping take care of babies from newborns to three-year-olds.These details aren't exact, but they told me that you could volunteer for a month at the orphanage for only about $250. This includes housing and food. You might need a little bit more if you wanted to eat more American food or if you wanted to go on safaris and other things on weekends, but $250 is the general number. This means that you could stay there for six months for $1,500. A plane ticket would cost you $1,200 to $1,500, which puts you at less than $3,000 for six months total. I think that's a pretty good price, especially considering that a normal short-term summer missions team would pay about $3,000 for a 6-8 week trip to Africa.
Feel free to email me if you're interested (email@example.com), and I can pass along the contact information.
I'm realizing more and more that many of the ministry ideas we dream of (e.g., starting up ministries in the U.S., going overseas, working at orphanages, pursuing social justice, evangelizing hard-to-reach people, etc.) are more easily accessible than we think. Certainly every pursuit must flow from the sovereign arrangement and pleasure of God, but sometimes these kingdom opportunities seem much more far-out than they really are. Human eyes see the massive wall along the border of the kingdom of darkness and say, "We'll never penetrate it; let's camp here and wait 'til our prospects look better." The eyes of faith see the wall and say with William Carey, "There are grave difficulties on every hand, and more are looming ahead — Therefore, we must go forward."
So pray hard, dream big, be faithful — and go forward.