This boy was sitting in our group of 50 sponsorship candidates in Mbulamuti on Tuesday.
He wouldn't smile for the camera, but his face lit up when I showed him a picture of himself.
Note the bottle of water in his hands. This is an all too common sight.
Wow - no Internet access is a quick reminder of how much I love to use it - even in Uganda! This is Julie, the lone female influence on the trip - and what a trip it has been!
Having been here 9 times before, I knew not to try to predict all of the wonderful things that would touch my heart and trip #10 is no different. The people we have met every day are joyful, loving, Christ-filled reminders of how great our God is.
Nakabango, the village we have partnered with for 6 years through my church, was where we spent all of Sunday. Getting to see 100+ of the kids we sponsor there is always a thrill. They are absolutely precious! The school is thriving and we had some extremely productive meetings late that day.
Monday and Tuesday were spent in Kamuli and Mbulamuti, with a quick visit to Butungala. What a heartbreaking difference in a village that doesn't have a partnering congregation - sicker, dirtier kids - but what a joy to be able strengthen our relationships with those people. Leaving them was hard but we got to give them some good news about new sponsorships for some of their kids and a congregation ready to partner with
Wish I could post some of the pictures I got to take today. Just so many beautiful faces. It was fun to watch Andy, Todd, and Curt interact with the kids; a lot of them don't have many males influences in their lives so receiving attention from those three was priceless.
We continue to hand out bag after bag of candy, bracelets, pencils, t-shirts, and lots and lots of hugs! So blessed to be able to incorporate meetings for Hearts and Hope as we deepen relationships with these wonderful people. Hope to update again tomorrow evening!
We're heading to 2 more remote village today - Mbulamuti and Kamuli.
Saturday and Sunday were amazing when we visited Mafubira and Nakabango - where Messiah Lutheran has been partnering with the village for 6 years. It's amazing to see the transformation that has occurred there and Hearts & Hope was created to replicate that success for other villages.
Mbulamuti is the first new village to have a partnership through Hearts & Hope and Waters Edge in Allen, Texas is excited about the possibilities.
As we travel to stay at this more remote village overnight, we don't expect to be able to connect to the internet, so for updates be sure to check our Facebook and twitter pages. Since these updates are based on text messages, they are short but hopefully they are informative.
Off to another adventure!
Yesterday was 11/11/11 and that means it was Andy's big 4-0!!!
He was fortunate enough to spend it on the 3rd leg of our trip from Amsterdam to Entebbe and hanging out with Julie, Curt, and me. We purchased special team shirts that highlighted "Big Wig's 2011 Birthday Tour." :-)
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Up bright and early and excited for our plans this week. Can't believe that 9 months ago I was here in Uganda for the first time and had just participared in a morning devotion that was themed "Get Off the Bus" (and engage in service).
And now I sit in the same hotel lobby preparing to get off the bus and start a new chapter in Uganda. A lot of planning and work since that day and things are starting to move quickly.
Not sure of exactly what the week has in store for us, but one thing I do know is that we will be blessed by those we meet throughout the week and that we will be in a better position to help in this great cause.
Well, it would appear that this blog isn't accessible from Uganda.
However, we've recently launched our presence on Facebook & Twitter and they are pretty effective wherever we go. However, it does require internet access which is a luxury in Uganda.
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Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.