Uganda Team – November 17, 2005 – Public School
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Some of our team visited the public school.  They were guests of the fifth grade.  Education at the primary level is free and all children are required to attend.  The classrooms are crowded with as many as 100 students per teacher!!!  A fifth grade class from the US sent letters to the children.  The children thoroughly enjoyed them.  They were given card stock and markers and designed cards for the team to take back to America.



Uganda Team – November 17, 2005 – Activities on site
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As I walk around the site I see a variety of activities going on.  From people splattering paint all over themselves to guys sweating in the rafters.  There are people drawing blood in the lab, checking in patients, pulling teeth and building relationships.  Of course everywhere you look there are children!



Uganda Team – November 17, 2005 – Special Needs
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A group of us went to a boarding school where we had been told they have special needs children.  We stopped by on Tuesday afternoon and talked with the headmaster.  I apologized for coming unannounced and explained to him who we are and what we do.  He was very kind and was happy to show us the school.  We were so impressed because we knew it hadn’t been “cleaned up” for us since they didn’t know we were coming.  The school actually has over 600 students but only 113 are special needs.  Most of the Special needs children board there.  So he took us through their section and gathered some of them together to meet us.  I was expecting a small school and only brought a bag of candy for about 30 children!!  So we left that on the bus and asked if we could come back the next day with gifts for them.  They were happy to have us come back.

So Wednesday morning we headed back to the school with enough beanie babies for all the special needs children and Jesus bracelets for the teachers.  Once again we were welcomed openly.  I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story.



Uganda Team – November 17, 2005
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Along with the joys and the completion of projects there also comes sorrow.  The realities here are there is a lot of sickness.  A lot of poverty.  They still need so much as far as medical care and education goes.  We had this poor baby brought into our clinic on Tuesday.  She is one and a half years old and weighed about six pounds.  The doctor decided to admit her to the Tororo hospital.  Our nurses were heartbroken as they oversaw the treatment and gave the hospital everything they needed to care for her. They took time from their hectic schedules here at our clinic to go check on the baby.  Sadly, it was too late.  The baby could not be saved and left this world this morning.  It’s very difficult to understand. . .




Uganda Team – November 15, 2005 – Quote
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Team member, Bill brought this quote from Mother Teresa to read at family time.  I thought it worth sharing with all of you.

” Each time anyone comes into contact with us, they must become different and better people because of having met us.  We must radiate God’s love.  We must know that we have been created for greater things.  Not just for diplomas and degrees, not just be a number in the world, this work or that work.  We have been created in order to LOVE and BE LOVED.  Love does not measure. . . it just gives.”



Uganda Team – November 15, 2005 – Wiring
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The hospital is being wired!!  They expect to finish in a couple days.  We’ve had Darrin, Pastor Bob, David, Robert and his crew working hard.  When they have finished there there are other buildings to be wired so they won’t run out of work.  Robert is also working with the power company making sure they bring in all the necessary lines, etc.

No team member has been idle as they continue to paint, work with the orphan projects, the children.  There are many needs and we’re meeting as many as we can.

Thanks for you prayers!



Uganda Team – November 14, 2005 – Working in the Clinic
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Many of our team worked in the clinic yesterday.  There were lines of people!  It was announced on the radio that this week while the Americans are here the clinic is free to everyone!  Thankfully this time the people did not have to stand in the sun.  They lined the hallways of our unfinished hospital!


The two Beths and Karen first checked in patients.  Then the two Beths were put to work
transcribing!!  They held the sheets up to me and asked, “How are we supposed to transcribe these??”  I thought it looked a little like my own handwriting but I was unable to help them.

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Debby and Ellen worked in the pharmacy.  They were totally swamped!  Team members popped in and out helping them fill prescriptions.

WE also had the eye clinic going.  Supporters in the U.S., Jane and Bruce Smith donated a HUGE lot of reading glasses.  Many people came to receive them.  They were also looking for prescription glasses.  We need an optometrist to come with us.  Do you know someone who would like to come here?





Uganda Team – November 14, 2005 – Medical Supplies
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Look at all these medical supplies!!  Ane this isn’t ALL we brought!  We have some very generous people in the USA!

Two team members, Laura and Heather have been going to Honduras on mission trips.  Laura found Catholic Medical Missions on the internet and downloaded an application.  This organization has been super generous.  Between two mission trips to Honduras Catholic Medical Missions has donated over $40,000 of medical supplies.  Laura said her formal dining room was filled with them.  So they used all they could for their trips and still had plenty to take here!  They brought antibiotics, tylonol, vitamins, gloves,soap and tons of other much needed supplies.

Also, Mark Famularo, a member of the Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd in Torrance, CA received a bone marrow transplant at UCLA medical Center in June & July of 2005.  He had been diagnosed with multiple myloma.  After his hospital stay he continued to receive care at home.  Gratefully his treatment was completed and they still had a good deal of supplies which could not be returned once they are in your home.  So his wife, Tammy asked if we might use them for our Uganda mission.  We were more than happy to receive them!  Tammy mentioned to Mark’s transplant coordinator at UCLA what she was doing with her left-over supplies.  He emailed all the coordinators and asked them to have their patients’ families to contact Tammy.  Soon she was flooded with calls and supplies.  They included medicines, sterile dressings, swabs, syringes, catheters, portable IV poles and much much more.  Tammy said almost every person who donated had recently lost their loved one.  It’s extremely emotional to get rid of these things that were used by your spouse, child, etc.  It feels like you are giving away a part of them.  These people shared their stories of emotional difficulty and expressed gratitude at knowing these supplies were going to be put to such good use.  The California team carried 10 duffel bags crammed full! 




Uganda Team – Photo Album Updated
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I just uploaded a bunch of photos to the photo album.  Enjoy!




Uganda Team – Sunday, November 13, 2005 – Hospital Visit
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Sunday afternoons people from True Vine visit the local hospital to pray for the sick.  We were honored to go with them.  The conditions of the hospital are heartbreaking and reinforced our urgency in finishing the hospital on our site.  The nurses wait for bribes from the patients or their families before they will treat them.  Most are without hope because they don’t have the money.  One man was there for malaria.  They stopped his treatment because he ran out of money.  He needed two more.  The corruption angers and frustrates us and makes us more determined to have a hospital of high standards without corruption.  How are we doing that?  We’ve tested the staff in our clinic to be sure they have remained faithful.  If they are caught doing ANYTHING unethical they are immediately fired.  We hire local people who have a reputation of trustworthiness.  If they prove faithful in the clinic they are assured of employment in our hospital.

We prayed for the sick and gave beanie babies to the children.  Tom’s African daughter, Sophie led our group.  When this seventeen-year-old girl prayed with confidence and authority we mzungos felt so inadequate.  Such faith! 

We had a couple children following us arround the women’s ward watching.  I stood outside an “ICU” room while my sisters prayed for a premature baby.  I felt a tug on my skirt.  I turned and the two little faces of those children were looking up at me.  The girl spoke, “Mzungu.  Can you pray for my friend?  Look at his head.  He is sick too.”  I looked at the white patches and a kind of a split on top of his head.  I knelt down and held him as I prayed.  Then I looked at the little girl and asked if she wanted prayer too.  She immediately said “Yes.”  I asked her her name.  It was Mercy!

As Sophie prayed for the sick she would ask them if they knew Jesus.  Most responded “yes.”  Two said no but they wanted to so she was able to pray with them to accept Christ.  A couple wanted prayer but didn’t want to accept Christ.  Only one refused prayer. 

The men went to the men’s ward to pray.  They came back with similar stories and TEN men were added to God’s Kingdom.

By the way. . . the man who needed two more treatments is being taken care of.

Thanks for your continued prayers




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