I'm going to Uganda with Hope Speaks!
My name is Taylor Kunkel and I recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with my Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology [Axe 'Em Forever]! Starting in October, I will begin my Clinical Fellowship (a required 9-month transition period between being a student and a certified, independent provider of speech-language pathology clinical services) with Hope Speaks. What is Hope Speaks?
Hope Speaks is a wonderful ministry to help children with disabilities in Kampala, Uganda. 1 in 7 children are living with a disability. Their main ministry is providing Speech Therapy to hundreds of these children. They teach them to swallow, chew, understand and express language, and so much more. Many of the volunteers are Speech Language Pathology grad students, as well as Speech Therapy professionals [like me
!]. This will help them reach many more children with these services.
Hope Speaks has gone beyond that and also includes hosting other groups who help with projects, food for families, children's day camps, and going and serving in areas of extreme poverty.Why?
I am just starting out in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and I want to use this opportunity to serve the needy in Uganda. I pray that the Lord will use my knowledge and skills in a way that will help these children with disabilities and at the same time bring honor and glory to Him. This is a great opportunity for me to serve others and be obedient to the Lord in proclaiming His gospel. Hope Speaks is doing just that where the need is great and those that are both able and willing are few.
I am confident that I was created for more than an unremarkable life (1 John 3:18, John 15:11) because I belong to an extraordinary God (Psalm 145), and I want to give that life away for Him (Matthew 10:39, 1 Corinthians 10:23-24, Isaiah 58:10).
Every donation is important and will enable me to be present and help these children with disabilities. Would you kindly and prayerfully consider making a donation? Also, I would appreciate your willingness to share this with others who may want to participate of advocate for the great need that we see in Uganda.
Thank you so much for being a part of my life and helping me accomplish something that's important to all of us! God bless you!