We’ve decided to call ourselves the Uganda 12 for the duration of this trip…to pretend we are an amazing futbol team, disciples, and just because it sounds cool. So there’s that.
Yesterday was such a great day! We went to the project at 9:30 to begin preparations for our first day of VBS. In all things we know that God has a better plan, but we couldn’t have prepared ourselves any better for the surprises, joys, and love shown to us today. We met with our Kigungu church staff partners to get things underway. Once the children finished their devotions, we had African tea (!!!) and began the first day’s lesson on sight. Sharon did a wonderful job as our emcee, as did the rest of the team during games (3 legged race), crafts (bracelets and coloring), and the lesson.
Coloring is such a simple thing but to color WITH the children is something I can’t quite explain…to get on their level and be one of them, coloring the trees blue and the sky orange. It’s a simple craft but there was so much joy in it-being able to rid ourselves of barriers of culture, location, wealth, and color. The craft of making bracelets was great too! This was something that represented God’s nearness to us, even in darkness. It was something they could make WITH us and keep. Something they didn’t have to share with anyone else.
The children seemed to had a favorite activity: games! They loved the three legged races an Alan, Nick, Rick, and Jenny did a great job playing with them!
Mark, Judy, and Carley took turns leading the lesson on sight. We are sharing the Gospel this week through the theme of our five senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.
We were supposed to serve the children lunch but upon seeing our pace at serving, they shooed us out of the way. We obviously need to step our game up!
Ugandans are very hospitable. They make it their duty to serve us in every way as their guests to honor us and show us appreciation for coming. It’s very humbling. They carry our bags, serve us meals and cook for us, and clean the meals afterward. They don’t let us help but today we made sure to let them know that we are more than capable to pull our own weight. The women seemed hesitant at first but once we got our assembly line of washing, rinsing, and drying going, they were all smiles. We are here to come alongside them in the work, no matter what it is!
Each person on this team had been so blessed by this beautiful place in our own way. The experiences, people, and the work God has given us to do is beautiful.
In March, the team watched as the resource center was in the process of being built. This time, the team was able to see a completed resource center. This center is a project funded by HDCC through Compassion International. The resource center provides computers (access to Word and Excel) sewing and embroidery machines (job training), and a small library to children at the project. This gives these children an opportunity to be successful in school by giving them a safe place to study and continue to learn. The need for them right now is books. They have enough books to fill half of a bookshelf but there needs to be more so they can function as a library. For $2,000 we can fully find a Compassion “project” and fulfill this need to resource their resource center! If you would like to help, please email Mark Taylor (email@example.com). This ministry brings true life transformation to the children and their families!
Thank you HDCC family and friends for your prayers. We are so appreciative and they are working! God is answering them. Please continue to pray for the people here…that God would bring children to hear and see His love this week until the church can’t hold us! Pray that we would be encouraged and filled so we may pour out to everyone we meet. Pray that God would show you how you can take part in this community of people, resourcing them and showing them Christ’s love and giving them the tools to grow and learn. Pray that God would send you today no matter where you are…to your neighbor, a coworker, or even across the world. It’s amazing what happens when you say yes to God!