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We had our hearing last week with the National Adoption Council here in Uganda.

Here’s What Happened.

On March 30th, we took a trip to the city of Kampala to receive the news of whether or not we would be approved to foster/adopt in Uganda.

After waiting for 3 hours, we were told that our file was not complete and that we would be denied for another month.

Now, I (Jess) am what they call an ugly crier. We were shocked at the news. Especially since we knew our file was in fact complete. We had checked it and re-checked to avoid this type of situation. So, needless to say we were heartbroken. And ugly-cry I did.

It’s been a long journey. 3 months ago we moved our family 10,000 miles away to the third world all because of a dream. A literal dream. On the morning our son, Beau died, God gave me a dream of a little african girl with BIG eyes like mine that would carry our name and legacy. That dream turned into words of confirmation and the dream of a son from the same african dirt.

Burying two sons was the most devastating time of our lives. But we can tell you from experience that it is getting easier and easier to trust God and believe HIs heart for us in the darkest of times.

WOULD YOU COMMIT TO PRAYING FOR OUR FAMILY FOR 2 minutes a day? When you do, would you pray out loud and call our family by name?

  • Pray for our Government approval meeting this month of April.  Pray that we are approved with no further documents needed.
  • Pray that sickness is far from us. Josh and the kids have had multiple worms in their skin and we are praying they leave and no infection happens.
  • Pray for God’s presence to saturate our home and our ministry times in the villages.
  • Pray for vision and wide-open doors here in Uganda for our family and for those joining us soon.
  • Pray for people. Pray for friends. And pray for more community as we pour our here.
  • Pray that  Glory & Shepherd will join our family very soon.

We would also love to hear from you! Our US phones can still be reached at no cost to you or us. You can call us directly at 985-607-4852.

With Love,

The Davis Tribe

Josh, Jess, Jolie & Tuck

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God’s In A Good Mood….

God is STILL in a GOOD mood…

We’ve had an eventful week here in Uganda. Yesterday, we had all of our money stolen from us. It’s a very frustrating experience being taken advantage of. Add two children in tow and our instincts as parents kick in with full speed! We definitely are praying God restores everything that was taken. At the same time, we know from what we have walked through as a family the last few years, that Craig Morgan was right when he wrote a song called, “This Ain’t Nothing.” 2. That we now have to model to our kids what our reaction and response will be to disappointment. And 3. That God is STILL in a good mood. 

We spent the week encouraging our pastor, Raphael and praying over his land. Soon, it will have a tent pitched which can fit 500 people. We are so excited for their vision and their hard work in Uganda. 

What’s more. We are so thankful for friends like YOU cheering us on along the way. Drop us a message or email. And feel free to give us a call. (You can call our US number and reach us directly for FREE) 985-607-4852 We’d love to connect with you!

With love,
The Davis Tribe (Josh, Jess, Jolie, & Tuck)

Thanks so much to ALL of our friends who have asked how they can send us supplies to Africa! HERE IS OUR AFRICA REGISTRY LINK (click here is our Africa Registry Link and it will open a new page) all of our supplies are shipped directly to our friends in the states who are coming over in March. FULL DISCLOSURE THOUGH: I’m pretty sure I added pepperoni and marshmallows to the list! 🙂 

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A Picture of Revival….


A Picture of Revival…

Today I watched as my 5-year-old learned that sometimes revival looks like holding babies for hours while praying in the spirit until their fevers break… #lovetheoneinfrontofyou #uganda #thosewhodream

Thanks so much to ALL of our friends who have asked how they can send us supplies to Africa! HERE IS OUR AFRICA REGISTRY LINK – all of our supplies are shipped directly to our friends in the states who are coming over in March. FULL DISCLOSURE THOUGH: I’m pretty sure I added pepperoni and marshmallows to the list! 🙂 

With love,
The Davis Tribe (Josh, Jess, Jolie, & Tuck)

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It’s Time to Believe God For a Nation… {Take a Look at our New Life in Uganda!}


It’s Time to Believe God For a Nation… {Take a Look at our New Life in Uganda!}

In Your Presence, We Find Life…

7 years ago when Josh and I were caught in a whirlwind of love and possibilities as we started our life in Africa, the road I dreamed we would walk looked very different than the one we are now on. Today, we find ourselves on that same dirt road in Africa’s heart, only this time, we’ve found Him in the middle of our deepest fears, our deepest grief, and watching first-hand the resurrection of His dreams for our lives. 

We’ve found ourselves desperate for His presence and hungry for all that He has for our nation, but also more broken than ever before. When we buried our sons, 2 in 2 years, I felt like my dreams were gone forever. Throughout that time, we never for a moment believed that God’s heart for us had changed, but deep down, we lost a big part of ourselves, our marriage, our belief in God’s presence in the impossible. 

Yesterday we were heading to a ministry location and had to stop at a funeral shack on the side of the road to ask for directions. 90% of the coffins — freshly carved and laying out in the sun — were for babies and small children. I couldn’t take a picture to show you, but the ache that we felt in burying our dreams, 2 healthy, and chubby baby boys, came rushing back over us. 

Here, losing children is not unique. We aren’t alone. Everywhere we turn, we meet grieving mothers who cry out for babies who should be here but aren’t, and fathers who quietly mask their pain. That’s the nature of grief — it’s universal and it spans cultures. 

Maybe this is what Jesus was speaking about when He called those poor in spirit, the blessed ones. Those that have lost everything they’ve ever hoped for — those who have buried their dreams — those with nothing left but a heart yielded and hungry for Him. Maybe that’s what He meant when He said those that mourn will encounter the COMFORTER face-to-face. Maybe that’s the divine exchange where suffering dances with joy. It’s His presence in our pain, our ache, our deep regret, and our biggest fears… It’s revival turned upside-down. 

With love,
The Davis Tribe (Josh, Jess, Jolie, & Tuck)

Let us tell you what YOU have done in Africa this month! We now have 2 monthly supporters on our team. Know that all support from our team goes towards ministry here in Uganda. Our family works 3rd shift here to fund our expenses while living in Africa. So you can rest assured that your giving goes directly to investing in revival here in Uganda. 

This month your support helped fuel an amazing vision from a good friend of ours, Pastor Raphael in Kampala, Uganda. We were able to paint his church and speak life into the dream God has given his family. Pastor Raphael and his wife lost a baby at birth as well. They took so much time to minister to our hearts as we shared our like-hearted stories. 

Thank YOU for changing the world for those in Uganda! 

Would you consider being a part of our monthly team? Email us at joshandjess@thosewhodream.org Monthly or one-time donations can be given through the ways below or Tax deductible donations can be sent to Williamsburg UMC 330 Gay Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176.

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