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Thursday, June 28
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Today’s blog is by Lyn, Joanie and Aaron. This will be the last update from SeaSide as I (Rachel) leave to greet the new group in Nairobi. I know the team will have more to report such as the night spent in a mud hut so I will try to catch up when I return to Tororo. Please pray for this fabulous team as they leave Uganda on Sunday and the new team as they travel to Uganda on Sunday afternoon.

Thursday began with an early morning hike up to the top of Tororo’s highest mountain and since we are over 4000 foot elevation to begin with today’s climb put us up over 5000 ft. Our group was led by Tom Eggum and there were about 20 of us, the largest group that he has ever led. We had to navigate some steep terrain with metal ladders bolted into the mountain side in some places. Lot’s of us had rubbery legs at the end and a few took some spills coming down the bottom of the climb where there was loose shale. We celebrated our ascent by singing a couple of songs and praying for our continued success in the ministry here in Uganda.

Today I had the opportunity to join a group of people and go to Smile Africa Ministries. Right when we arrived, before stepping off the bus, women were already helping us off and taking the stuff we had brought. We had the chance to wash the women’s feet and pamper them with tea and foot massages. We sang and danced for hours (it felt like) and taught children how to brush their teeth properly. A highlight for me during the teaching time was actually brushing my teeth in front of all the children. Some started to giggle when the toothpaste got all over my cheek. Right when we were finished with the lesson, we passed out toothbrushes and paste and soap to the children. It was so amazing to see one child rip through the toothbrush wrapping and already wanting to brush his teeth.
A moment that really touched my heart today was when I met a little boy named Joseph. I think he was three years old, maybe even younger. A woman walked up to me with him and asked me, “Would you like to hear his testimony?” She began to tell me the story of when his mother gave birth to him; she couldn’t afford to keep him so she left him in a place like a ditch, or a pit. Her neighbors, who had known she had given birth to a child, asked her where he was and she told them what she had done. They went and searched for him and he found him and he was still alive. It was an absolute miracle that he had lived after being put in a pit. They named him Joseph as an allusion to the Bible story of Joseph, and how he lived after being put in a pit by his brothers. Holding Joseph was a real life example of the lesson Pastor John had taught us that each and every person is important to God.

Anyways, it was a real blessing to experience so many things today, I felt God through every touch and hug of a widow. I saw God in every smile of a child, and I heard God working through our team and leaders and the Smile Africa team as we sang and encouraged each other.
Hi mom!
-Joanie Deckert

(hi!! This is Aaron. I’m hijacking the computer for a second! We’re having a good time! PS, don’t get sick here! PS #2, there’ve been some AMAZING jams! PS#3, hi!)

We also bought 3 manual sewing machines (foot peddle driven) so that the women of our village (Mumatumba) can start their own business. 1 of the machines will stay at Smile Africa to support the business that they have already started there. We also bought educational materials for Mumatumba which included pencils, writing materials, scissors and other material. Our church is getting close to being finished with the decorative colors being applied; the fascia is purple signifying royalty which is at the highest point of the church and the other colors are cream and a hue of red signifying the blood of Christ. There’s been a lot of hard work in getting this painting done with Seaside women like Yvette Jacobson and Noelle Bannon pitching in right along with the men. The men of Uganda are somewhat awestruck by this.

Desiree Hensley has been out at the village every day this week and has been building the relationship with the women of the village along with other Seaside women who have come on different days. Through this effort that have been able to have Bible studies and discussions that have today has led one of the women to Christ. These experiences continue to happen every day which is an amazing thing to witness. Our medical outreach team was also at the village today encouraging women to come in and get treated. Eventually we will have the clinic finished which will then allow regular medical days set up for the people of Mumatumba.

 


Wednesday in Uganda
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Blog by Lyn Jacobson

Wednesday brought another day of gratitude to our experiences in Uganda. It is hard to convey how much we have learned and the emotions we have shared with our efforts in finishing “Seaside East” our first church at Mumatumba. All of the interior painting was completed by our team led by Kurt Evans, John Boyer and the rest of the Seaside painting crew. The youngsters on the team (Justin Pratt, Jimmy Flanagan, Brandon Farmer, John Paul Knutsen, Robbie Knutsen and Sam Knutsen) egged on by Holly Smith got into a paint fight and Justin painted a Mohawk on his head as a show of tribal unity. The village team also experienced a “rush” of school children at the school when they threw out free soccer balls. A few kids turned into hundreds as the swarmed around the bus. The “mzungu” (white people) had brought another day of excitement into the village supported by Seaside.

Our medical outreach team consisting of Monica Boyer, Rebecca Meyer, and Chris Bray set up a marketplace medical center to service the needs of the people. They saw some of the nastiest wounds you could imagine and with little medicine to dispense, they provided a source of hope and a little TLC that is much needed in this area. Denny and Aaron entertained the patients with guitar playing and singing. These true medical warriors spent all day in this outreach medical service and could have stayed longer.

Another team went to the school for special needs where their motto of “disability does not mean inability” spoke volumes about their attitude in teaching children who are deaf, blind or physically handicapped. Jeanette Knutsen was able to sign individually to many of the children and we handed out about 100 beanie babies. The head master mentioned that they were in need of lined composition books and pencils so we raised an educational fund with the 13 members of our team and purchased about 116,800 schillings (about $65) of 15 dozen books and dozens of pencils as well as 5 bags of sugar. They were thrilled when we returned with the donation about 30 minutes later.

We were also able to tour a coffee factory where individual coffee bags (much like tea bags) are a new concept that they are trying to export to upscale coffee drinkers with a discriminating taste. Uganda is #7 in the world coffee producing market.

Our team continues to do incredible work impressing the locals and being treated as heroes by the local people. On their return from Mumatumba the bus was greeting all along the way with smiling and waving Ugandans almost as if the word had spread that the “mzungu” were coming. We have been truly blessed.

 

Jun
2007

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Tuesday, June 26
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Today was another day of giving and experiencing true joy; Joy that you cannot experience any other way except to know that it comes from God and the humble servitude that Seaside Church displayed in so many ways. Today was a day where 31 of our team went back to Mumatumba and met 15 of our sponsored orphans. Those people got to be with their child for about 3-4 hours and were able to bond with them, supply them with shoes, gifts and love unconditionally.

Seven of our team, Jimmy & Denny Flanagan, Adam Gage, Adam Meyer, Elizabeth Hafney, Brandon Farmer and Justin Pratt all joined together to play soccer at the local school near Mumatumba in front of 300-400 kids with a game that ended in a tie. The experience was incredible for those who played and for those who watched. Denny and Nicole also taught at the school as did Diana Williams.

While the game was going on our hard working men led by Pastor John “the workhorse” continued to make good progress on finishing the new church. They were able to complete the prep work prior to painting and then paint the inside of the church with two coats of paint. Everyone has been really involved with all of the projects. It’s amazing how the opportunity to serve has provided so many opportunities to share Jesus Christ.

While most of the team was at the village a small team of women Vicki Dishon, Jeanette Knutsen, Yvette Jacobson, Carol Pratt and Noelle Bannon went to Smile Africa where they experience children attending pre-school and early elementary. They sang educational songs with them teaching them the “Bible” song. We also watched the seamstresses at work as they made traditional Ugandan shirts and dresses. From there they went into town to buy wash basins and other supplies to provide 22 widows an experience that can only come from a servant’s heart. These women received a foot washing, foot massage and they also had their nails polished and lipstick was applied to each one. They were then given those items as well as head scarves, bracelets, cooking pots and rice. We also gave them all flip flops except for the one woman who had no toes from leprosy who received a pair of canvas shoes Out of these 22 women 8 accepted Christ as their Savior. It was truly an amazing and uplifting experience.

Tom Eggum, president of Hope4Kids international has commented many times that the spirit of our church is amazing and we thank all of you that are praying for our team.

PS Justin say he misses Brittany.

 

Jun
2007

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Monday in Mumutumba
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Today’s blogger is Lyn Jacobson:

27 Seasiders took our first trip to the village where a church, Pastor Jessica’s house and restroom facilities are being built. Lead by Pastor John, Jimmy Flanagan and Brandon Farmer with continued assistance and supervision by Kurt Evans these construction heroes’s were able to texture the entire church. This was no small feat and it showed with the head to toe spackling that this team was covered in. Other work took place inside with Jack Dishon, Mark Hensley and Lyn Jacobson sanding walls and the iron grating that covered the window. We are expecting to finish the work this week so that we can hold our service in the church. This church is bigger than what we first thought and it looks like it could hold up to 100 villagers.

While construction work was taking place the women went out into the remote areas and visited widows in their native huts. This was a real experience as many of these people may have never seen a white person before. After a couple of hours visiting with 3-4 different widows they returned to Mumatumba where about 20 widows congregated to experience a thrill of a lifetime. They received a foot washing, a Vaseline rub, an electric massage and their nails polished. In addition they received a bag of rice and a cup of hot tea while they were tended to. To top off the experience they were given a pair of Tom’s shoes (a coincidence that the founder of Hope4kidsinternational is Tom and the women thought they were his shoes) Many of the women of Seaside participated in this humbling yet extremely gratifying experience. There was singing and laughter that can only be experienced with the true joy of giving.

The word that Americans were working in the village spread like wildfire and some of our team, Yvette, Lizz and Diana went over to the local school to exchange some educational ideas since they are all teachers. Once school was out we had dozens of kides playing soccer and watching us with wide eyed thanks. It really is a blessing to have this experience as a church and our hearts are filled with the experience.

The rest of our group Sam and Nicole Knutsen, Robin Williams and Nicki Collette arrived today having made the 5 hour trip from Entebbe with some interesting travel experiences as we all have had. The roads here are worse than anything you have ever seen, unless you’ve ridden on goat trails which we did today.

Here’s from Rachel:

What a great day! Half of the team stayed at the True Vine site. As you can see from the photos people were finishing up mudding Grace’s kitchen. People were playing with the kids and working in the clinic.

Prayer: Pray for the team as we put in long days-that we will remain strong. That we will be beacons of light.

 

Jun
2007

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Sunday in Uganda
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Today’s blog will come to you through several team members. I hope you enjoy it.

Dear Family

I love and miss you so much!

Elaine, I’m lonely without you, but I know it was best that I come alone,…THIS TIME!

Sydney, Oliver, and Myles…I have you’re picture on my dresser and I prayed for you with tears today.

I was unpreprared for the condition of this area, but I am SO EXCITED about the future and what we can do to make a difference in the things we’ve witnessed first-hand.

I tell you all about it when I come home.

Hi, mom and dad. I know you’re thoughts are towards me, I CAN FEEL THEM.

I love you all…

Gene

Here’s from Lyn:

Welcome to the joy of Jesus Christ as witnessed at True Vine Team Ministries in Tororo. Seaside Community Church was recognized as the largest group Tom Eggum has ever brought and for over 3 hours we were treated with love as never before. Little ones were held in the arms of our team members. Justin Pratt held a little girl for almost the entire time except when he was dancing with her. Those of us that frolicked outside with almost 100 kids were flush with exuberance and exercise uncommon in most churches. Pastor Larry gave an inspiring sermon rising to the occasion and challenge of matching the spirited oratory of Tom & Pastor Wilber. We were all struck by the living power of Jesus. This is the first time I think that Larry used a translator to interpret his English into Swahili and he did great! We got some great pictures of Holly, Kylie, Lizz and Lauren holding children. They love to love you and hold your hand.

In the afternoon we all traveled to Tororo Hospital to pray and encourage patients. It was heart breaking to see the conditions that these people live in but I truly believe that God’s hand fell gently on the Ugandan people and our church as well. We had the chance to pray for two Muslim men and also had a man commit to Jesus. Eric from True Vine is a very bright man and talked to the Seaside men about the help and support that we are giving just by being here. He asked us to spread the word in the US to bring attention to the struggle in Uganda. This first full day in Uganda was a never to be forgotten experience that we will share in pictures upon our return.

This just in from Diana:

In the women’s group before church God came in a powerful way. I shared with the women (many abused and living with polygamy) how I had been put down by my husband and after thirty-one years he left me for his secretary. I told how through my faith in God and His power I don’t need a man to be happy-Only God!

Here’s from Rachel:

A small group of us went to Pastor Peter’s church in a little village outside of Tororo. We were warmly welcomed and delighted with Pastor Peter’s animated sermon. He walked up and down the aisles jumping and acting as he spoke and even went so far as picking a man up and carrying him to prove a point. I’m not sure how the man felt but the rest of us were amused and impressed.
After church the widows from that area gathered. What a great time they had. Team one left their clothing for us to distribute so each widow received a new outfit. Their joy was overflowing as we gave them rice, clothing, scarves, and basins. We passed a mirror around so they could see how pretty they were after their mini spa and as you will see in the photos their expressions were priceless! Two women said “yes” to Jesus! We found one woman with a large infected area on her foot so we had her wrap that and were only able to soak her one foot. We left money with Pastor Peter who promised to take her to the hospital.

Today’s prayer:
Pray for the team as this week is full of activities and work! This is a large team so pray for the leaders as they meet the needs of the team as well as the needs of the Ugandans.

 

Jun
2007

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June 23rd and 24th
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Friday June 23, 2007

Today was Team 1’s last official day. Everyone ran around trying to tie up loose ends and saying goodbye to their new friends and orphans. Some of the team went to paint Pastor Peter’s new church. They topped off the day with a baby shower for Baby Jeannie.
We had one last team gathering after dinner to wrap up our thoughts and after an emotional time we took communion and went to bed.

Saturday June 24th

Happy birthday to my sister Judy!

After our sad goodbye’s to Team one Wendy, Mary & I went to Smile Africa’s land for a celebration with the Karamonjong tribe. The Karamonjong are a despised people and are considered to be “bottom feeders”. They eat whatever they find. One such child was digging through the trash looking for something to eat and found a piece of meat attached to a dead rat. Someone had put poison on the meat in order to kill rats. The little girl removed the rat from the meat and other children saw her and began chasing her to take the meat. She shoved it all in her mouth so they couldn’t take it. Unfortunately there was enough poison on the meat that the little girl became violently ill and died. This is the type of life for the Karamonjong as they are ostracized here as the gypsies are in other parts of the world.
So Pastor Ruth has been reaching out to these people and trying to show them that God values them. She planned a party. Smile Africa and their volunteers showed the Jesus Film in Karamonjong. We also dressed open sores and prayed for people. They were fed lunch and given bags of food and clothing to take home. Spectators surrounded the compound and today everyone wished to be a Karamonjong.

We had the opportunity to walk around the compound. Pastor Ruth is waiting for funds so she can start building on her property and I was so impressed to find that while she waits the land is not lying dormant. She had someone plow up the land and has sectioned it into garden plots for the widows. It was such a joy to walk around while she explained one widow planted peanuts, another potatoes and were going to harvest the land.

When we returned from the party we found Team 2 had arrived. There will be over 50 of us together for the next week. I know it’s going to be a great team 49 people from Sea Side church in Huntington Beach, Ca. including both pastors!

We went to the True Vine site and toured the grounds and buildings with children attaching themselves to our new team members. We enjoyed taking photos, meeting new friends and playing with the children.

We have a lot to do this week so as you pray remember Team 1 as they travel home and Team 2 as we carry on with what has begun.

 

Jun
2007

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Thursday, July 21
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Thursday’s blog by Carolyn

It’s Thursday already. We can’t believe we are winding down our time here, except for Mary,Jenn,Robert,Stephan,Rachel and Tom who are staying for another three weeks. At dinner tonight a few of us were talking and saying in some respects the time has gone so fast and in other respects we have seen and experienced so much that we feel we have become part of the fabric of this place.

Each night Pastor Bob shows us our pictures from the day on his laptop (complete with music!). We marvel each time at the transparency of these people. They show us who they are every day. We find ourselves becoming so much more transparent too.

Today was a celebration at the True Vine School. Brenda and Bob prepared puppet crafts for nursery through P4 (4th grade). The nursery students made paper bag cat puppets with Scott, Cody, Cristine, Kris and Virginia. Bob, Brenda, Esther and Dave helped the P1 and P2 students make wooden spoon puppets. Pam, Emily, Jenn and Carolyn had sock puppets for the P3 and P4s. It was such a joy. They are so eager to try anything we put before them. The colorful yarn hair, the “googly” eyes, the stickers for nose and mouth all went on the puppets with smiles and giggles.

We also taught them songs. “Deep and Wide”, “If you’re happy and you know it”, Rise and Shine”. They have gorgeous voices and love to sing.

In P4 we also had time to do a play about Noah. The book was read as the children acted out the parts from Noah to his family and the animals. The student who played Noah when asked what he knew about Noah said, “He was a faithful man who listened to God.” These kids know their Bible!

For lunch, the teachers prepared six or eight local dishes and thanked us with a teachers’ luncheon Uganda style. It was wonderful! The two chickens we had for lunch had been a gift to Rich from an outlying school. They were part of a fabulous lunch and amazing day.

Virgina, Kris and Esther also went out with Rachel and Wendy to visit widows for another tea. Rachel reported that 5 women accepted Christ today. Praise God for blessing this ministry.

Until tomorrow.

Psalm 34:6 “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”

Here’s from Rachel:

What a great day with the widows. Cindi from Gisela, AZ sent money to buy a bed for Cali. She’s 110-yr-old widow who accepted Christ a year ago and we’ve been working with her each time we come back. She still plants a garden and has a lot of spunk! We brought her the bed along with a picture of Cindi and told her that a woman in the US cared so much about her she wanted to buy her a bed. She was so happy and kept saying “Thank you. God bless you!” She also got a new pair of shoes.
Twelve women rejoiced together at Cali’s neighbor, Regina’s house. Regina accepted Christ last November and is usually quiet when we arrive. Today she was dancing and hugging me and shouting “Sweetie! Sweetie!” over and over. I didn’t think she’d ever stop. I’d introduce her to the others and she seemed to calm down then she’d start again grabbing me, hugging me and shouting “Sweetie! Sweetie!” Our interpreter said that means, “My best friend.”

Two women wanted to accept Jesus at the beginning of the spa/tea party. When we started to leave our interpreter said, “We can’t leave yet. You have three more women who are waiting for you to pray with them to accept Jesus as savior!”

Thank you to the many supporters of this ministry for making all these events happen. The hospital, the school, the orphan projects and the widows. We are the fortunate ones who get to come and do all this and see the results but there are so many of you at home praying, collecting items, supporting our projects financially. . . It’s you who changes the lives of the people. Like Cindi, many of you give toward a bed, a goat, hospital supplies, general funds, etc to change lives. Cali will never be the same. When she sleeps on her new bed she’ll dream of a woman in America whom she may never meet but cared enough to give so a 110-yr-old woman in Uganda could sleep comfortably for the first time in her life.

My friend Celina is a single mom with a limited income. She didn’t have money to give but she had baby clothes her daughter had outgrown. Now the triplets who had NOTHING to wear are dressed in those clothes.

Mae and Audrey are retirees who collect things for Hope4kids and are always thinking of the Ugandans. Mae gathers medicine and hospital supplies and they are both great supporters of our widows’ and women’s projects.

I could go on and on. Your names are too numerous to list but Thank You for your hearts and your generosity.

Today’s prayer: Pray for the new team as they arrive and acclimate to Kenya by going on a safari. Pray for this great team here as they wind down their work and leave on Saturday morning making room for the arrival of the team from Sea Side in the afternoon.

 



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Our very own Carla Crain is featured in an article on Azcentral.com. Carla coordinates the international missions trips.

 

Jun
2007

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Uganda’s Latest Reports
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Today we are honored to have guest bloggers from the team. Since I am with the widows everyday I’ve asked team members to participate and give me pictures and blog. I hope you enjoy their stories. rachel

Building a mud kitchen by Christine and Cody:

In addition to playing with the children, today included an intense session of mudding. Mudding is how homes are built here. We mixed mud with our feet, before rolling it into bricks, tossing it into the hut and layering it up into walls. After about 6 hours the kitchen hut was nearly finished and we were completely covered in mud. Mama Grace was so pleased and even gave us bananas at lunch for helping her with her kitchen.

Caring for the widows by Carolyn:

For the last two days, Rachel and Wendy led a group to visit widows. Monday was in the bush less than a mile from the True Vine site and Tues was in Malaba, a town nearby. We prayed with them, talked directly with them or through interpreters, we told them about our love for them and for Jesus. Oh and did I mention, we had a tea party?

Monday in the bush, we gathered out under a tree in front of Victoria’s house, an amazing 88 year old widow with an incredible smile and spirit to match. By bringing thermos’ of hot water, we were able to give each of the widows a cup of tea and a local sweet bun, similar to a donut without the hole. And oh, did I mention we gave manicures and pedicures? For us to come to their homes, throw a “party” and serve them in the name of the Lord was a first. We brought new plastic basins and filled them with soapy water, which we also brought with us in jerricans. As the ladies soaked their feet, they giggled and thanked us over and over again. We felt the privilege was ours. We even had an ipod with instrumental praise music..

Tuesday in Malaba, we met in a widow’s home. Her two room home was filled with 14 delighted ladies who spoke some English( several were quite fluent) as well as two local tribal languages. As we prepared our tea party, they sang awesome praise songs. Their harmonized voices were exuberant and we got busy with the colorful nail polish, rubbing oil on their feet and even taking turns letting them enjoy the battery operated foot massagers. In an area with hundreds of widows, where the day to day needs are so great, taking two hours to celebrate them, pamper them, share our joy in Christ as sisters was simply indescribable.

“One of the widows I met today told me through an interpreter that she had been a widow for 20 years,” said Carolyn Griebe, a widow of six months who is on her first trip to Uganda. “She said God has taken care of her all this time and encouraged me. Despite the language barrier and cultural differences, we were truly sisters in the Lord at that moment.”

After we had soaked, oiled and massaged their feet, polished their fingernails and served our tea, Wendy brought out scarves donated by friend in America. Each woman was thrilled to get these gifts as they wear headscarves each day. Hope4Kids also gifted each woman with saucepans, the basin and rice. At both parties the women heard the Gospel message and were given the opportunity to accept Christ.

It is hard to put into words this environment of poverty and joy. The women are so strong and beautiful. Their hands hardened from so many years of hard work and sacrifice. Their gratitude and over the top love of the Lord is nothing short of inspirational.

Tomorrow a new adventure with more widow “tea parties”.

Student display walls by Dave:
Blankmeyer and Gaumer LTD, builders fabricated and installed 4 complete student display rails on solid masonry walls in record time of 7 ½ work hours—no inspection required.

Tomorrow I hope to hear from Rich’s team who has been visiting area schools.

We were all sad to see Elizabeth leave today. She is such a vital part of this ministry and we understand that her family wanted her to go on vacation with them but we are going to miss her! Please pray for traveling mercies as she flies back to Arizona.
Also pray for the Sea Side group as they start to Uganda on the 20th.

Today’s blessing:
May God bless you with discomfort. . .
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.

 

Jun
2007

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the delayed blog
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As I promised yesterday this is the report written by Carolyn, Christine, Cody and Scott.

So much has happened since we have been here! Our team has spent Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday at the True Vine site meeting the loving and generous people.

We had our adventures in Kenya after arriving at Nairobi. The roads promise a challenge around every corner; the sights and sounds were unfamiliar- then a coca cola billboard appears. The safari through Lake Nakuru park gave us up close experiences with zebras, rhinos, water buffalo, gazelles, impalas and a lake ringed with flamingos.

Our team with our African drivers and friends have gotten very close during these long bus rides. We chat, listen to iPods and share our excitement at almost reaching the Hope4Kids site- the reason we all came.

Friday afternoon after traveling through gorgeous mountain countryside dotted with farms, we arrived at the Kenyan border. After presenting our passports and forms, we headed toward the Ugandan border. We gave up a cheer when we entered Uganda. Everyone was dirty and tired of sitting in the bus, but after checking in to the hotel, we couldn’t wait to get to the site.

Our 5 minute ride to the site and we were ready to take a tour. It is hard to describe that first visit. The children circled our parked bus, smiling and waving. They were so open, so excited, so ready to hold our hands, get and give hugs. Their beautiful faces so eager to get to know us.

We took a tour of the church, the new school still without windows, chalkboard or even stucco covering the bricks and mortar. The children were so proud, showing us their desks which are the long “Little House on the Prairie” type. We visited the clinic and hospital, stopping to meet and pray with the mothers and children. Every step of the way, our children stayed close. The prize was to hold one of our hands. We were all wishing we had more than two to offer.

After several hours of spending time with them, just getting to know each other- no agenda, no hurry, we went back to the hotel for dinner. We shared our experiences with each other and anticipated Saturday.

Arriving at the site about 9:30 a.m., there were the children waiting for us. Our team brought so many talents. Cody and Scott playing futbol (soccer). Virginia and Cristine sat in a circle teaching songs. A large colorful parachute was unpacked and the kids went wild. Never have we seen such laughter as tons of kids jumped under and around. The day came to another quick end as we finished up with dinner and headed to bed.

Today, we went to the True Vine Ministries church service. The service started with the most beautiful singing and most outward dancing and worship. The people were so true and pure in the way they worshipped. The mzungu’s (white people) were dancing and singing among their African brothers and sisters. After service we headed back to the Classic Rock Hotel for lunch and shortly after headed to the Tororo government hospital. This hospital was the most unsanitary depressing experience most of us have seen but it was important to remember God’s mission for us as we prayed over 100+ patients.

 
 
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