Sun Nov 18
Our Last Day
Today was our last day in Tororo. These two weeks have flown by. We can hardly believe it’s already time to return home. What an amazing trip! The last day is always very busy finishing up last minute details before the long journey home. This morning our teams started out the day worshipping at different churches. George and Donna went to Pastor Justice’s for service and presented a Proclaimer to his church. Elizabeth, Carla, Bonnie, Angie, Chris, Dena went to Pastor Peter’s for a 4 1/2 hour church service. The rest of the team went to True Vine to worship with Pastor Wilber. Pastor Wilber has started a men and women’s prisoner ministry so when we leave, any clothes donated by the team will be given to the prisoners.
The team got an opportunity to meet with their orphans at True Vine after church during the afternoon. Kelsy got to spend the day with her orphan Evelynn who is actually two years older than she is! Some team members helped Carla, Elizabeth and their field workers finish presenting shoes, goats and toothbrushes to the orphans at True Vine. We finished training the field workers on the Palm Pilots that they will use to monitor the children in the sponsorship program.
In the evening, Mr. Grograni hosted our team at the Tororo Country Club for dinner. Yonah and Eric from the CHDD joined us for dinner along with the pastors of True Vine. We played snooker, darts and had a great time fellowshipping together. It was a wonderful way to commemorate our time together in Uganda.
Mon Nov 19
From everyone who has been given much, much will be required.
We are packed and ready to begin the 40+ hour journey home. During family time this morning, Tom shared with us the effects of re-entry when we return to our families especially this time of year with the holidays.
From Luke 12:48 “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.” He challenged us to see how much we could be and how God wants to use us after visiting a country where so many are affected by extreme poverty and disease.
Today, we left earlier than we usually do, because the Queen of England will be visiting Uganda tomorrow. They blocked off many roads to Kampala to ensure the roads are safe for the Queen. On the way to Entebbe, we visited The Nile River for a boat ride and shopping and we ate the famous “chicken on a stick,” the best chicken in Uganda, next to Pastor Agree’s.
Well, the time has come. It’s time to leave the country and the people we love. Our time here is precious and always special. Amazing memories filled with little God moments have been made and will forever be cherished. Our team got to experience things that pictures and words cannot do justice. They got an opportunity to leave their imprints in the hearts of the Africans. They have created long-lasting relationships separated by miles but bonded by God’s love.
Thank you to another A+ team! Your generosity was appreciated and felt by so many. Thank you to everyone who sponsored a child; supported someone to go to boarding school, fed a village, brought a smile to a child or sat and held the hand of a widow. We hope your experience has opened your eyes and changed your heart. We look forward to you or your family members traveling with us on another trip. Thank you from all of us at Hope 4 Kids International! God Bless.