Early this morning a team of brave hearts climbed the rock. They all made it to the top at around 5000 feet and back. Tom, Cooper and Mike didn’t think the grueling climb was enough of a challenge so when they came down they ran the 1 ½ mile back to the hotel.
This was a real break through for Tom because a year ago when he climbed the rock he knew there was something wrong and that caused him to go in for a blood test which showed he had prostate cancer. He’s been through so much this year but God has been faithful! We all cheered to know that his strength is returning.

Today’s lesson was Ephesians 4:11-12 “Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors and teachers, so that his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong.” We are designed for community. We are called to gather together-not only to belong but to serve. Everyone has a part-not one gift is greater than another.
Ephesians 4:15-16 says, “Love should always make us tell the truth. Then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the head of the body. Christ holds it all together and makes all of its parts work perfectly, as it grows and becomes strong because of love.”

With that we were encouraged to go and serve to the best of our ability bringing the love of Christ in all that we do.

A mud-spattered crew returned to the hotel this evening. We’ve been having some heavy rains and along with the rain a whole lot of mud! Some of the team trudged through the yuck with smiles on their faces as if they were enjoying it! One team went into the bush to see sick orphans. Dina said it was the best day yet. The kids were so excited to see the Mzungus running through the mud. Eric said he was so thrilled to go to the middle of nowhere…to go down a mud path where cars don’t usually go and then come upon a mud hut and go inside and see mattresses and mosquito nets provided by Hope4Kids. It’s inspiring to realize how far Hope4Kids actually reaches out and touches lives.

Other team members stayed on site and painted between the cloud bursts. Still others worked on projects; some turned the church into a playground and enjoyed the kids.

Sharon says she has supported other organizations and what has impressed her the most is to come here and touch and feel and see where your money is actually going. Feeling the impact of her support has been a great blessing for her.

“… And what does the Lord require of you? But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) (NKIV)

6 Responses to “Thursday, November 16”

  1. Anonymous says:


    It has been great being able to read about what you and the team have been doing. I know you are a great blessing to the people you come in contact with. We are praying for you and looking forward to hearing about your trip! Have a great day :)


  2. Wendi Velasco says:

    My daughter, Tiffani Malner, is in Uganda with her church. I read every word and study every photo. My heart skips a beat everytime I see her face and I am soooo proud of everything she is doing to help in Uganda. I am proud of her and everyone in Uganda helping the children. God Bless everyone!! You give them their own Thanksgiving. Love you!! Wendi (mom)

  3. Robin Vitiello says:

    Hi Dina!

    How are the granola bars?! I hope you’re not getting tired of dried food! I”m sure your faith in God will not let you tire of anything at all on such an important trip. The journey you’re on sounds so fun and exciting. I look forward to hearing more about your travels when you return! We love you and continue to pray for you. Love, The Vegas Vits

  4. Gabrielle says:

    Hi Dina…I hear that you talked to the girls and Scott. It is so nice to see pictures of you, but I can’t wait to hug you and hear your voice. Thank you for the birthday flowers at work today-what a nice surprise. Even before I opened the card everyone knew it was from my sister, your’re so wonderful. You are doing great and the kids are lucky to have you there. Miss you lots and love you!!
    Love, Your sister Gabrielle xoxo

  5. Anonymous says:

    Vegas Vits, that’s interesting. We’re also from Vegas and I have a sister Carol on the trip. Who do you have? Margie and Dan Carlson

  6. kelsey says:

    hey mom!
    we miss you!
    we loved hearing from you and seeing all your pictures! we cant wait until you get home. WE are doing good and having fun. WE hope you are having a great time!
    cant wait to see you
    kelsey madison and taylor

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