In the summer of 2009, after graduating from the University of Georgia, Amy Washington finally fulfilled her dream of traveling to Africa.She volunteered at a children’s and baby’s home in Uganda for the summer. While volunteering that summer, Amy seriously fell in love with the orphaned, malnourished and dying babies of Uganda and began to sense God’s call to do more for the “least of these.”
She volunteered as co-director of the baby home and moved to Uganda in July of 2010. In the fall of 2010, after beginning the adoption process of a little girl in Uganda, Amy began to strongly feel God’s call to help the expectant teenage mothers with crisis pregnancies.Because of her previous work with orphaned babies and children, Amy knew first hand the great need that these mothers and babies have for food, protection, guidance, and most of all Jesus Christ.
The expectant teenage girls in Uganda are desperate for help. For many mothers and women in Uganda, childbirth often means death. Amy saw many malnourished & dying babies during her time in Uganda and heard over and over again, “the mother died during childbirth.” This began to wear on Amy’s heart, as it broke her heart each time.
Upon returning to Uganda in 2011 to finalize the adoption of her daughter, Amy witnessed a traumatic birth and death of a baby in a local hospital. Amy then knew that God was calling her to love, help, and minister to expectant mothers and their babies.
In the summer of 2011, Amy founded Kupendwa Ministries, a non-profit organization. Kupendwa Ministries exists to share Jesus Christ and His love with mothers and babies in need, but also with each and every person God brings through the doors of this ministry.
The word “Kupendwa” means “to be loved” in Swahili. We want to be a ministry that people can come to and find that they will be loved. Loved by Jesus through us, His servants. We want our home to be a place where the love of Jesus is known first and foremost.
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples – if you have love for one another.”