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This will probably be the last you hear from me until we reach Amsterdam.  Thanks for all your prayers! 

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Uganda Team Update – April 29, 2006
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This is a great team!  Everyone has really found their niche here and they are hard to keep track of as I try to photograph and report on everyone so I appoligize for those who aren’t pictured much on the site.  They are either off on a rural  outreach or visiting in huts and aren’t around when I’m taking pictures.




Uganda Team Update
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Everywhere we go people ask about Tom.  They are all concerned and miss him.  They tell us: “We are praying for him and love him so much.”

Irene said, “We are praying for a complete healing-not just that he will feel better.”

The Children all want to know, “how is Pastor Tom?”  Yesterday they began writing letters to him.

I hope to send more photos and text on Saturday as the power is on every other day here.  If I don’t get on I will send more when we reach Amsterdam.

Thanks for your continued prayers.  I can’t believe our time here is almost over!

God bless you.

Webmaster’s Note:

The updates are written and emailed by Rachel.  She is a veteran of the Uganda teams.  We work together to keep family and friends posted of the happenings on the trip.  I, David, am in sunny Phoenix, Arizona and live vicariously through the trip reports and photos.  Thanks for being apart of the trip.


Photo Albums are Up!
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I figured out a work around tonight to uploading the photos.  The first set of photos are uploaded.  Enjoy! 

Go to the photo ablum!


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Jewelry Making – A New Beginning
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Pastor Wilber and his wife Jane hearts’ desires are to empower women especially the many who are widowed or abandoned so these women don’t have to resort to prostitution or be subjected to abusive men.

The women are being taught sewing, jewelry design, crocheting and many other crafts.  They sell them in the women’s ministry shop.  If the women are able to provide their own materials they can sell their crafts on consignment.  If not the ministry provides the materials and pay them for their time.  They are so excited when the teams from the US come because we buy everthing!!  They scramble to make more as we buy them out and praise God while they work together that He has sent the Americans. 

Here you see them sitting around the shop diligently working on necklaces and earrings.  First they make the beads from little triangles of paper and glue.  It’s facinating to watch as they tightly roll the beads and then poke holes for the nylon cords.

It’s a beginning for a few women.  There are many more to be reached but we remind ourselves of the star fish and Mother Teresa’s words and we brainstorm with these women to generate more income for themselves.




Uganda Team Update
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Today was a busy day.  David had dress rehearsal for the children in the choir.  He’s going to make several recordings and will create DVD’s and CD’s of them singing.  He will also have a dance troupe DVD with them dancing to drums and a xylophone.  There will be some original African poetry mixed in with the songs.  He also plans to film the children in a play about parents dying of AIDS as well as a play about the birth of Jesus.

The plan is for David to produce these DVD’s and CD’s and sell them in our orphan store to visitors from the US and also will be looking to market them within the US.  The profit will then be returned to Hope4Kids for the orphan fund.

We have some very sick babies coming into the clinic.  Some are so weak with malaria they don’t seem to have the strength to cry.  It’s heartbreaking.

We checked on our friend Washington-the one with gangrene.  He didn’t look good.  Please keep him in your prayers.  They will be transferring him to the hospital in town.

Elizabeth has been taking team members to surrounding villages to meet with orphans.  One village was along Lake Victoria so the team got to see how they catch the fish in their big nets and then spread out the nets on the shore and sift through to get out all the sand, etc.  Then they spread out the fish to dry. 

Some of the team members were feeling so overwhelmed by all the poverty and great needs.  How do you even begin to help?  What we do is not even scratching the surface.  Can we really make a difference? 
Pastor Bob told the story of a man walking along the beach, picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. 

Another man approached and asked, “What are you doing?”

“I’m throwing these starfish back into the sea to save their lives.”

“That’s ridiculous!  Look at all the hundreds and thousands of starfish up and down the beach.  You can’t make a difference.  You’ll never be able to save them.”

The man picked up another starfish, examined it and threw it back into the sea.  “It made a difference to that one.”

I always like to quote Mother Teresa.  “If you can’t feed one hundred, feed one.”



Photo Album
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I am having some problems with the photo albums.  Hopefully, I will be able to post photos by this evening.  Check back here for an update.

David Richards – webmaster


Uganda Team Update – Monday, April 24
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Today we built relationships.  We had 65 African brothers and sisters come to the hotel.  We broke into groups according to areas of interest.  We had a medical team, orphans, board of directors, farm team, electrical and construction team, elders of the church, and women’s ministry.  It was such a wonderful exchange as the Africans shared with us what they have been doing and we asked a lot of questions.  We began to brainstorm together and came up with some great new ideas.  After lunch we all went to the site to start working together. 

Some started working in the clinic.  Some went to the women’s ministry store and others went to the town of Tororo.  One of the teachers approached us saying that her son had typhoid and he was experiencing a lot of problems.  Sherry, a nurse on our team, agreed to go to their home to check on him.  Several of us accompanied her and soon the room was crowded with neighbors to see what we were doing.  This was Sherry’s first house call!

It was a great day and we all came away with a better understanding and a greater admiration for our Ugandan brothers and sisters. 

Thanks for your prayers and patience while I have tried to get on the internet!


Uganda Team Update – Sunday, April 23rd
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We went to church.  Marilyn and Sherry attended the Catholic church in Tororo and the rest of us converged on the True Vine church in the village.  The people greeted us with such warmth and enthusiasm.  We clapped and watched the Africans dance and praise the Lord.  Pastor Bob, who is leading this team, preached.  He had as much enthusiasm as the Africans. 

We spent the entire day at church.  Some of us took new photos of the orphans while others mingled.  David taught a married men’s class.  Kathy was asked to speak in the afternoon service.

We’ve heard some great comments from the Africans.  Of course they ALL ask about Tom.  That is the first thing out of many mouths.  “How is Tom?”  Then they say they are praying for him and will continue to do so.  Someone told Bob, “I thank God for this clinic.  Without it my baby would be dead.”  Someone else looked at Mae, who is in her late seventies and said, “You must really love us –for a woman of her age to get out of her warm bed to come here-that is love.”

The afternoon was emotional as it happens every time we find someone suffering.  I was standing out in front of the church and a woman walked up with her little girl who was covered with open sores.  I asked her what was wrong with her baby and she said, “She has the measles.”  It didn’t look like measles to me and a little while later Debbi, Leah and Angela came looking for me.  They said they heard I knew how to pray for sick people and would I come with them to the clinic.  I was sitting with Tom’s daughter Beatrice and asked her to come with us.  There in the clinic was the little girl I had just seen.  Upon closer examination of her large, open sores on her legs the nurses felt she was in the final stages of AIDS.  The said it was kaposi’s sarcoma.  We laid hands on her and I asked Beatrice to pray because I know she is much better at it.  She prayed and we all cried over this poor little girl who we think is about 18 months old.  Talk about asking God “WHY?”
Then the girls told me about a man in another bed at the clinic.  He had gangrene from being attacked with barbed wire.  There was nothing they could do at the clinic and they really think he’s not going to make it.  I asked if he knew Jesus as savior and he replied, “Yes.  I know Jesus.”  His name is Washington and again Beatrice prayed. 


Uganda Team Update – Saturday , April 22nd
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We left Nairobi early in the morning and rode by bus to Uganda, which was about a six hour bus ride.  We had a great time.  The countryside was so lush and beautiful.  People were so friendly along the way.  We had no problem crossing the border and soon were united with our friends in the village.  Some of us toured homes, stopping first to see Grace, then other homes along the way and went to see Pastor Wilber’s new home.  It was great to be back.  Those of us who’d been here in the past agreed that it felt like coming home.


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