Come, Let's Dance
Come Let's Dance (CLD) is a 501©3 non-profit organization that does community development work near Kampala, the capital of Uganda in East Africa. Just for the record, our organization has nothing to do with dancing. Don't feel stupid for thinking it, we get asked all the time. The name comes from a verse in the Psalms, Psalms 30:11. The verse says, “you turned my mourning into dancing.” At CLD, Jesus is the reason for everything we do and we believe that he is the only one that can turn “mourning into dancing,” so we are simply trying to be a part of that process for people in Uganda.
Now here's what we actually do.
The organization started out by trying to help a community of orphans and street kids. These children had been taken off the streets by a group of four twenty-year-old guys and, while they were much better off than they were on the streets, they were still struggling in many areas. There was no sustainable food budget, so the whole group lived day to day. There was no medical budget, so many of the kids were still malnourished. And there was no money for school fees, so none of the children were going to school.
So CLD started working along side of those four guys, helping them where we could. Now, we have our own house for the kids so they have a safe, permanent place to live where we don't have to worry about paying rent or about landlords kicking them out for any reason. There is a well, so they have access to
Grace Fellowship Africa
- To Partner - Working alongside, and in a supporting role, of African Christians with the gifts, talents, and resources of other Christians and missionaries from around the world.
- To Equip - Providing Theological training for pastors and ministry leaders. Providing training in administration, accounting, nursing, home care, evangelism, children's outreach, orphan care, church planting, printing of Christian literature, and missions outreach in order to touch lives with the Gospel.
- To Empower - Providing funding, fundraising, and income generating projects to meet the needs of ongoing ministry in Africa. Providing a structure of financial, ethical, and moral accountability combined with a program of spiritual growth and maturity in order to make the church and ministry in Africa strong and self-sustaining.
Musana Children's Home
DECEMBER 2010 UPDATE
This September we purchased the property which has been Musana's home since it opened two years ago. What an incredible two years it has been! Musana now serves over 170 children.
I just returned from a nine week trip to Iganga Uganda where I worked alongside my daughters Andrea & Leah. I am proud to tell you that the children are thriving, the staff (35 full time Ugandans) is committed, the community is supportive; my daughters are happy & healthy.
It was a busy nine weeks. We fenced the school/orphanage site, drilled a new bore hole so there is water on the property, built concrete bathing enclosures (one for boys, one for girls), created a beautiful church out of one of the unfinished buildings, and constructed 7 new classrooms. Currently in process, is construction of a security wall around the unfinished staff & volunteer housing, construction of a new kitchen and dining pavilion (so the kids will have a dry place to eat when it rains), creating 7 additional classrooms in the current administration block, and relocating the current administration block to the original classrooms.
Open Door Fellowship
Todd Taylor: 303-249-1670
Open Door Fellowship is a multi-denominational Protestant church affiliated with several major denominations. We value ethnic and racial diversity and desire to foster a multi-cultural environment. Our church includes the poor, the rich, and the in-between. This means Open Door is a diverse church that focuses on unity found in Christ. We have a particular passion for the vulnerable, the poor, and the disregarded of our city. From the economically depressed to the socially disgraced, Open Door seeks to match God's grace with people's deepest needs. We are "a church with a heart for the city" that acts upon this passion in tangible ways.
Key to our ministry and outreach is a very close relationship with two non-profit inner city ministries:Open Door Ministries and Providence Network. Both organizations provide critical services to various segments
More Engagement from Highline
The Missions of Highline Community Church
We are a missionally minded church that has many members engaged in exciting ministries around the city and across the world. At last count we were involved in over a hundred ministries, either directly or through financial support. Highline members are making a difference in the world.