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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: Show Mercy International’s mission is to MOBILIZE, INSPIRE and EMPOWER individuals all over the world to live life on purpose while reaching out in love. Through short and long term mission opportunities, teams have the opportunity to demonstrate love to the orphaned, abused and abandoned children Show Mercy cares for in Uganda. Show Mercy works on the ground providing direct assistance that helps children, families and communities in Uganda reach their full potential in life!

Results: Thousands have been impacted by the work of Show Mercy. Our medical clinic serves hundreds of people a month, and our outreaches reach many people in over 5 villages. We had over 200 team members come on a SMI Missions Trips last year from 16 different countries!

Target demographics: mobilize, inspire, and empower people to live on purpose while reaching out in love.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350 orphaned/vulnerable children, 15 elderly, 200+missions team members, thousands of people in our local community.

Geographic areas served: Uganda, Africa

Programs: orphan care, elderly care, village empowerment, leadership training, prison and hospital ministry, Show Mercy medical clinic, clean water wells, and more!

Community Stories

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Campus Pastor at a Christian University from the states. We send around 100 students on dozens of trips all over the world each year, but I have personally never experienced a missions organization like Show Mercy. The work they are doing in Uganda is transforming the communities here, meeting the needs of the people around them in every way imaginable! We participated in a variety of ministries including preaching the gospel, ministering to the elderly, going on home visits for sponsored children, teaching English to adults, visiting schools, praying for the sick, serving in the medical clinic, spending time with those in prison, helping on the farm, hosting church services, and so much more. The team at Show Mercy is unlike any I have ever worked with. They are kind, hospitable, accommodating, and fun. On the field, they do not stand behind the scenes as translators, but they partner with us each day to minister to the people that they have committed their lives to serving. To say that I recommend Show Mercy would be an understatement. I plan on partnering with Show Mercy to send university students here each year.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being apart of Show Mercy has been such a great experience. I would love every body out there to come and experience what is happening at SMI. Its amazing the way lives are being transformed!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Traveled to Uganda in July 2017 to participate in medical clinics with their Ugandan medical professionals. Such a great experience! They do their work with excellence and passion for the people and God they serve. They are responsible, thoughtful, and visionary in the care and love they bring to the kids and elderly around them. Such a privilege to particpate in the work they are doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have supported Show Mercy through child sponsorship for several years and were familiar with what they do, but being here and seeing it first hand helped me understand them more. They really are here to serve the people of Uganda and to share the love of Jesus with them. We traveled as a family with our 4 children, and the Field of Dreams was a very comfortable place to stay. We felt very welcome, safe, and comfortable letting our children play. The outreaches we participated in were well-planned, and it was exciting to be able to be a part in the work they are already doing so faithfully. We would love to come back and highly recommend it as a mission trip destination.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been partners with SMI for 5 years now. I love getting letters from the kids we sponsor and watching them grow and learn. I also really appreciate how they work to support the kids in their homes with families. But it's not just kids! They are always looking for ways to improve the whole community! Their hears are fully for the people to whom they minister, and that shows in everything they do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent experience in the villages outside of Kampala, Uganda. We visited and were able to join them in their outreaches to help feed at risk children, to help care for the elderly, and to participate in their medical outreach and clinic. Being here in Uganda allowed us to see how important it was to the children that Show Mercy sponsors for education, spiritual growth and long term outlook on life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my second time staying with Show Mercy and it was just as amazing as the first time. I came in July 2018 and stayed for 2 weeks. It was definitely a life-changing trip and I would highly recommend Show Mercy International. The staff was great and it was very organized. The staff did great leading our outreaches and making sure we felt welcomed. We were provided three meals a day and they did a great job of making new dishes for us to try. There is a schedule of the weekly events and outreaches and I loved seeing what we were going to do that week. Some of the outreaches include: teaching in the schools, the prison ministry, visiting the Ja-Ja's (elderly), participating in the Say No To Hunger program each Saturday, and many others. I enjoyed everything we did. The living quarters are very nice and are well kept. I was so thankful to have running water for a shower. The Field of Dreams is a beautiful place and I appreciate how clean they keep it. I felt very safe during my two stays as there is a fence around the field and guards on staff at all times. Even during outreaches, I felt safe and I knew I was taken care of. I would highly recommend Show Mercy! I was able to communicate with the mission coordinator prior to my trip, and I was provided all the information I needed in a timely manner.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place. They do so many good things in the community. They provide life for children, adults, and elderly while having a smile on their face. It is such an inspiring place and I will definitely return again and again. It gives me hope that so much of the world is still good and that with God, anything is possible and the world can be changed a little bit at a time. Your life will forever be changed.

2 Julie E.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

God put Africa on my heart many years ago. I always felt a strong pull to go there, but never knew quite why... that is, until Show Mercy extended an offer to serve in Uganda. Along with a team of 8, we went to shower the people of Uganda with love, by participating in organized missions around the Wakiso district. Little did we know just how much of that love would be poured out on US!!! Everywhere we went, from elementary schools to prisons, from clinics to neighborhoods, we experienced the love of GOD through His beautiful people. We celebrated the long-awaited opening of a brand new birthing center, which will help mothers, babies, and communities grow and connect for generations to come. We spent time connecting with the elderly in their homes, studying the Word together and reminding them that they are so valuable and respected. We fed children, laughed with them, read books to them, and were gifted with their infectious, joyous smiles! We witnessed a most cohesive and talented staff at Show Mercy International who anticipated our needs and answered every question with patience and passion. We were cared for extremely well, from the inside out, from our beautiful living quarters to our safety & transportation services. I can’t think of any organization I’d rather support than this one. I plan to return in the not-so-distant future, with my family of four, to continue the mission of loving Uganda well thru the deep love our Our Heavenly Father.

4 Cyndi Porter H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Show Mercy staff was such a delight. They were so willing to let us bring what God had put on our heart to the table and expound on it when necessary to ensure understanding. Overall, such a loving and fun environment and the facility is very comfortable and so beautiful. Did I mention the kids were awesomely fun too!

4 Danielle Poynter J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a short term mission trip with Show Mercy International in July 2019 for my very first mission trip ever. To say it was a life-impacting time would be the least of it. I was afforded the opportunity to visit the child I sponsor, as well as participate in their other outreaches. I was able to partner with and work alongside the SMI staff in the elderly ministry, say no to hunger program, prison ministry, ignite youth ministry as well as witness the dedication of the birthing center. The field of dreams grounds provided a beautiful, safe and clean environment where I felt comfortable and had all my physical needs met. The staff was an unexpected blessing in the whole experience as they supported me with instructional meetings about the programs, well-prepared meals, and transportation during my stay. I was able to experience God's love, hope and joy every day I was there through the people I met during my trip (including the staff, other missionaries, and the people in the community.) I left feeling closer to God and with a heart overflowing with His love. My prayers now include the continued growth of Show Mercy International and that I may one day be called to return.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In July 2019, my wife and I, our two kids and my daughter's boyfriend, all joined up with Compassion to Action to travel to Uganda Africa. When we arrived at Show Mercy, I was already impressed by pictures on their website and how organized they seem to be. What I was deeply moved by was their love for us and the Ugandan people. These folks are committed to excellence throughout their ministry. Their organization to keep our team on track to the many different outreaches, care to feed us quality food, and provide a clean, safe place for us to rest and refresh was incredible. We will absolutely be apart of Show Mercy in the future! I would encourage any group or individual wanting a high end mission experience to check these guys out.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Missions Director for an Evangelistic organization and was able to take a team to their base. All I have to say is Show Mercy International is simply incredible.

First, this is one of the easiest trips I have ever had to organize. That is due to their excellence and having done what they for so long and with many groups before us. They were very flexible on some of the things on our heart, they set up the daily schedules taking the weight off me and allowing me to focus on the team, and they gave us all the info we needed in advance.

Next, all of the staff is amazing. They connected so well with our team, always hospitable and friendly. They always were able to help us out if we needed it and ready to have a good time with our group.

Also, the outreaches were amazing. Being able to spend time with the children in the schools and at the outreaches was definitely a highlight. They have built great relationships with the locals that even non-Christian groups welcomed us to preach the Gospel and serve.

Lastly, their base is unlike anywhere I've stayed in Africa. It is hands-down the nicest place I've stayed in Africa and definitely the nicest missions base I've been at in the world. It is a peaceful and beautiful sanctuary, perfect to rest and spend time with the Lord.

In summary, if you're wondering if this place is worth going to or not, it absolutely is. Go alone or take a team, it will be a life-changing experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came from a high income area in the United States and then was given a great opportunity to expand my understanding of my privilege. I was non stop loved on by some of the best people I've ever met.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

it was a great experience, and i loved all the time i spent here. i'm glad i got the chance to come and see everything, and i feel the power of God here, and i'm very thankful for the stuff and the experience i got, thank you show mercy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Show Mercy International is a phenomenal organization, my team and I had a wonderful experience with t hem. From their mission, to the incredible staff, and the amazing hospitality, I believe Show Mercy is making an impact in their community. The Gospel is consistently being displayed and preached. I've worked with other nonprofits and missionaries on mission trips, and I believe that Show Mercy's love and consistency is what makes them great. As volunteers coming here to help we dove right in with the beautiful work Show Mercy is doing in the community, they were not finding or creating work for us to do. I wanted to come here to Uganda to show the love of Jesus, and know that my work, even if just in the smallest way, would make a difference, and because of the way Show Mercy does their work I know that I did. The people we reached out to will continued to be loved and supported by Show Mercy long after I am gone (almost all were being loved and supported before we got here), and that gives me joy and peace. They have a wonderful structure of partnering with the locals here to teach them sustainable skills, of farming and education. They are not just providing for the people, they are partnering with them to teach them responsibility and ownership. It is a beautiful thing. The way they are able to provide healthcare, medicine, and care is wonderful. Show Mercy also sponsors many children to continue in education, but not just that, they go and visit these kids and become part of their lives. They are role models for these children, and are consistently loving them, visiting them, teaching them, equipping them, sharing Jesus with them, and discipling them. They reach out to the woman in the community and teach various skills like sowing. They visit the elderly consistently and build relationships with them, as well as help them with various projects. At the end of the day they are building meaningful, Jesus-centered relationships with the community, and it is beautiful to see in person. May God continue to bless them. I am so encouraged by my time volunteering with Show Mercy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My time at Show Mercy Intl. was nothing short of amazing. I got to see and do things I never could experience at any other organization and that is because the staff at Show Mercy are consistent in loving in the community that needs time and commitment to see spiritual change. Something that separates Show Mercy from every other organization is that it is lead by the locals of the Wakiso people, people that want to see Jesus in their community. We participated in a variety of different outreaches: schools, prisons, elderly visits, home visits, and medical mission. I'm leaving this place feeling spiritually fulfilled and a sponsor of a beautiful 13 year old girl--and I'm only 19 years old. If you want your life to be changed, be sure to choose Show Mercy. You will be glad you did!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This trip was completely life changing! I have had the opportunity to grow and serve in ways I never knew I would be able to. Being able to love and be loved by the staff and all those in the community has been an experience I will never forget. My heart is so full. I came here knowing I would be challenged being out of my comfort zone, but I knew I needed change and I wanted to grow and that is exactly what happened. If you want your life to be changed, if you want to grow, if you want to experience a love you've never experienced before, if you want your relationship with Jesus to go deeper, and if you want to meet some of the most amazing people in the world... come and spend time here with Show Mercy. You will never be the same.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a great time with show mercy. Grew so much of my spirituality, all the activities we did not just benefit for people live there, it always showed us how great God works with people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been to Uganda twice with Show Mercy and my husband has been twice. We've even brought our kids over! It was a perfect introduction to missions work and life in other countries. Show Mercy is involved in the community on many levels and has a broad scope of ministry opportunities for visitors to help with. They are hospitable and the grounds at the base are top notch! I'm getting ready to bring a group of ladies over next week and we're looking forward to what God will do in and through us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I spent 2 months in Uganda with Show Mercy, and will for the rest of our lives think back to our time there. We are so excited to return again! If I were to describe Show Mercy in one word it would be INTENTIONAL. From the moment we were picked up at the airport, to our gift baskets in our rooms, the warm welcome, and how they love every person they meet in the villages, we were blown away! No ministry is done by simply 'going through the motions'. Each staff member acts with great intention and love. We spent a lot of time with the outreach team, and they pushed us to get past fear we had built up. They led us in ministry and helped us walk in greater freedom ourselves! I was amazed at how intentional Show Mercy is with every sponsor child and family. No sponsorship looks like another. The staff are truly loving these families and children, and Jesus is transforming lives! When Show Mercy started, they built relationships with the pastors and elders of the villages, and today still honors them. You can feel the mutual respect, love, and appreciation between the community and Show Mercy. It is beautiful to witness!

The beautiful base has a deep peace that dwells there, and we started every day well rested and excited to say YES to what Jesus had for that day. Anyone considering going to Show Mercy in Uganda should GO!

4 Sheri S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Show Mercy International is an amazing organization. Their mission statement says it all.
"Mobilize, inspire, empower people to live on purpose while reaching out in love". They 100% fulfilled their mission statement with me personally and I witnessed this to be the same in all of their ministry outreaches. They fulfill Matthew 25:36. They clothe the naked, visit & care for the sick, visit those in prison, feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty! All while sharing the love of God and effectively sharing the gospel (fulfilling the great commandment and the great commission).
I absolutely loved getting to be hands on with each of their ministries. Working with all ages of people in all sectors of the community was very rewarding for me. I really enjoyed meeting children that they are caring for and who also needed sponsoring. I am so happy to have met two children whom I am now sponsoring. Sponsoring children with SMI truly changes the lives of these little ones and having the opportunity to meet them and hug them is fantastic. I also very much enjoyed the Farming God's Way program they have. Not only do they farm in this manner, but teach local farmers. It is a profoundly effective, yet simple way to garden and farm in a godly manner that produces greater yields while being better stewards to the earth!.
The Field of Dreams facilities were fantastic and the staff and missionaries were wonderful. Outside of the birth of my two sons, my experience at SMI is the best experience of my life!
I could go on and on, but instead....I encourage you to go check it out for yourselves and also financially support this great organization!

5 Ivan R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a senior pastor and wanted to introduce my church to missions. Show Mercy came highly recommended and boy did they exceed the recommendations. Their ministry introduces people to a full gamut of ministry opportunities. We spent two weeks and ministered to people in hospitals, children, the elderly, prisoners, and local churches. As a pastor I'm aware of the sacrifice it is for people to travel across the world to Africa. One of the teams highlights may not seem spiritual but extremely practical was the facilities. Going deep into the village and ministering can become not only physically exhausting but spiritually. Returning to a beautiful, and comfortable Western conditions gave us the rest we needed to get up the next day and love the beautiful African people. I would highly recommend Show Mercy to any church wanting to introduce the congregation to missions work. It's the best missions experience I have ever had and I've been doing missions with teams for 18 years. I would encourage all churches to partner with Show Mercy for missions.

Ivan Roman
Senior Pastor Empowered Life Church

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Show Mercy is truly amazing. I left my home prepared to sleep on the floor and be without many things including a shower. I was ready to swat at bugs and eat undesirable food.

I was so pleasantly surprised. While at The Field Of Dreams base I felt like I was at home. The food was great and if I didn't get a shower it was because I didn't want one. Coffee every morning and some afternoons and even some evenings as well if I chose.

The staff were friendly and so helpful. They are full of smiles, joy and kindness. It was such an honor to be able to serve next to these incredible human beings.

If you're ever curious or have the desire to travel to Africa, or specifically Uganda, Show Mercy International is the way to go. This was my first trip to Africa ever and it was an absolute dream. The people and the country are so beautiful and there are so many options for you to serve.

I highly recommend Show Mercy. If you're looking for a non profit to serve or even a potential adventure, Show Mercy's the way to go. You won't regret it. You can trust me, I wouldn't lie to you.

3 Angie W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was an amazing experience to share the Love of Christ at Show Mercy International (SMI)!
We went to be a blessing by teaching sewing and delivering sanitary kits to the new Birthing Center, but in turn we were so blessed by the hospitality that was poured out to us from the staff at SMI and the ladies in the village we taught were so grateful and loving. I am in awe at the way God works through SMI as they reach out in love to the impoverished in the surrounding community in Uganda. I whole heartedly recommend others wanting to connect with God on a mission trip to consider SMI and all it has to offer. I guarantee you will see the face of God and catch glimpses of his Glory. You will be forever changed!

3 Celeste H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My second trip to Uganda to serve with SMI took place in January. I was blessed to help establish the SMI sewing training center along with my fellow missionary Angie Walters. We were able to donate 8 sewing machines, sewing supplies and fabric to empower some of the local village women by teaching them how to sew. Jeremy, Lindsay and the amazing SMI staff were there to help us every step of the way. It was amazing to see how much our sewers had accomplished in 8 days of instruction.
My husband and I also sponsor a child through SMI and I was blessed to be able to finally meet her and spend some time getting to know her.
The opportunities that SMI has brought to the people in Uganda brings the men, women and children hope for a brighter future. They also provide many opportunities for them to have a personal relationship with Christ. I am so thankful that God called me back to Uganda again and I know that in His time he will call me to return.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was given so much more from my experience than I gave back! What an eye opening trip, and I feel it brought me so much closer to God. It really awakens your faith!
I was in Uganda for two weeks, and my only complaint is I wish I couldve stayed much longer. It is a well run organization and as a volunteer, they take great care of you. You really get to feel like you're part of the outreach team and will meet people that will change your life. Amazing experience!

3 Jim C.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My visit was entirely too short to this amazing ministry. The outreach that they have into multiple communities was nothing short of phenomenal. I loved how the villages reacted with excitement when we would arrive. The staff made us feel welcome and immediately part of the SMI family. As a nurse, having the medical clinic and plans for a birthing center also showed me that their commitment to Uganda was more than just spreading the Word but to help increase the physical health as well as the spiritual health of the people that they serve. The trip also eased any doubts I may have had with the sponsorship program. I was a part to a beautiful reunion of a sponsor and her child. I immediately became a sponsor when I returned home. My goal is to go back and help their continued commitment to serve Him.

4 Brenda P.1

Donor

Rating: 5

My first introduction to Show Mercy was a couple years ago when doing an internet search of ministries in Uganda, Africa. While on their site checking them out I decided to glance at the children available to sponsor. One of the very first I saw was named Brenda... which is my name... and she tugged at my heart strings , so I immediately signed up to sponsor her.
Fast forward to a couple months ago when I learned I’d be in Uganda. I reached out to the staff at Show Mercy and they let me know that YES I could meet my girl.
When the day arrived, I was beyond excited, along with being a tad nervous.
The meeting was AMAZING!!! It made the whole thing so much more REAL and special!! The time flew by and I am already thinking about the next time I can go visit her... hopefully for a longer period.
The people at Show Mercy were just incredible the few days that I was there on the grounds. It made my heart so happy to have it confirmed that I’d indeed chosen a quality organization to support and be involved with.

3 Sarah T.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Show Mercy has been a crucial part of my story for years. It is through this incredible organization that I found my passion in the health field and in life! I could not be more blessed to be apart of the SMI Team!

6 Josh P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I took a two week trip to Show Mercy International, the two weeks changed my life. The staff at the base are encouraging and always putting others before them. It's a great place to go and serve and get your feet wet for either long term missions or short term. I went for two weeks to test out the missionary life and see where it takes me. By the end of the trip, I experienced sharing the gospel with prisoners, hanging out and loving on the kids, sharing and praying for the sick at the local medical clinic, and really getting to know family while at the base they have. I didn't want to leave and pray for God to open doors and confirm full time Missions for me!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These past two weeks I have served on a short-term missions team with Show Mercy, and have been overwhelmed by their hospitality and heart for Jesus. This was my first missions experience and it exceeded my expectations in many ways. The staff here truly cares about each individual, and invests in them and their walks with Jesus. We partook in many different outreaches into local communities while being here; many of which were new and challenging for me. Though some aspects were challenging, I felt supported the entire way and saw enormous growth in my personal walk with Jesus. Being here, I saw the exemplification of what it means to have faith like a child, and to trust Jesus to provide in all situations. This place is Christ-centered and lives out their missions statement to live life on purpose and reach out in love. I am very thankful for the opportunity to have come here, and would recommend it to all!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Show Mercy International exceeded all of my expectations. This organization operates out of a heart for the people of Uganda. Their mission to mobilize, inspire, and empower is evidently expressed in their outreach and service projects. I definitely support this organization and the work that they are doing in Uganda.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coming to Uganda has been the best experience of my life. Being at Show Mercy has really helped me grow spiritually, physically, and emotionally. This organization has not only changed this community, but has also changed my perspective of the world. Their aim is to not just provide short term solutions, but really work to see positive long term changes. The staff are all here to reach out in love and not just for their own gain. Being here for two months, they have all personally developed a relationship with me which I believe is one of the major reasons why they see so much fruitfulness in the community surrounding Show Mercy. The ministry we do has really helped me grown in boldness and obedience with the Lord. If I come back to Uganda to pursue ministry, I would pick Show Mercy to call home.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Show Mercy International is an incredible organization to work with! They are involved in many ministries and all of their ministries bare so much fruit! The staff here is incredible. The hospitality team will make you feel at home and the accommodations are great! I highly recommend partnering with Show Mercy!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved serving with Show Mercy SO MUCH. Never in my life have I seen so many fruitful ministries and the power of the gospel so on display. Hearts are being forever changed because of the work Show Mercy is doing. They serve the elderly, in prisons, do evangelism and have an incredible child sponsorship program. This ministry is amazing! I hope to partner with them again in the future.