From:  Friday, November 4th

Could our day be spent any better?  So much to see and do here in Uganda, while taking part in God’s beautiful Kingdom of Restoration.  We started our day with breakfast, followed by Family Time, a time to gather and hear words of inspiration.  Tom shared from his heart his deep passion to bring Jesus’ love in a very tangible way to those who are in such great need.  Speaking love and showing love are two very different facets.  Words without action have a way of leaving one empty and alone.  Actions speak louder than words; showing love through interactions brings great joy, not only to those we are serving, but also to God himself!!

So many opportunities awaited us.  Some chose the journey to Juba to visit Vision Nursery School where the children danced while filling the building, as well as our hearts, with their beautiful voices in song.  Some chose to Visit Smile Africa where we could not help but be touched by these precious children of Karamojong whose needs are greater than a heart can bear.

Excitement and joy was experienced at the well dedication in Kajarau.  It is a life-changing experience for these villagers to have clean, fresh and safe water to drink; it is truly a sight to behold.  Our wonderful friends from Loveland, CO had hosted “Walk 4 Water” last May raising the needed funds for this village well.

Before returning back to the Rock for some lunch, we gave 325 dresses to the girls and over one hundred shorts to the boys!  A grateful thanks to Carolyn for all her love-in-action-commitment to Dress a Girl Around the World’s passion of bringing dignity to these beautiful children.  Along with dresses and shorts, 50 life-saving mosquito nets were given to the children to be used in their family dwelling.

After lunch Elizabeth and a few team members visited the village of Seka.  It was a joyous occasion meeting the children.  Several in the team couldn’t leave without sponsoring some of these cherished children.

Rachel was excited to be hosting the Smile Africa/Kingdom Preparation Women’s Graduation at Smile Africa.  So enthusiastic for this event, she had beautiful pink graduation hats made with lavender tassels.  It was a very exciting day to see 19 women graduate after being in our Hope 4 Women International Sponsorship program for one year.  Testimonies were given as well as joyous singing and dancing in celebration of their great accomplishment!  How beautiful to end the celebration as team members were touched by witnessing these women’s success that they eagerly sponsored 13 new women.  Thirteen women who now have the opportunity to live a life of dignity, gaining the needed skills to provide for their children, through our empowerment programs!  Now that’s love!!!

In need of a few provisions as well as the desire to experience the flavor of this new culture we had immersed ourselves in, a visit to the town of Tororo was a must.  As we wandered through the market, our senses were greeted with an array of stimuli.  We were able to make purchases obtaining some needed supplies at the pharmacy and hardware stores, as well as taking care of some business at the foreign exchange office.

With great anticipation we can hardly wait to see what God will do tomorrow!!

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