We thought it would be a great idea to invite everyone who's been to Uganda to support Messiah's mission in Nakabango to a Reunion at Andy's house.
It was amazing how many people were able to join us and reflect on the awesome transformation that Messiah has had on the village of Nakabango. After everyone got to meet and share there experiences from their trips, Julie had a slide show that demonstrated how much had changed in Uganda since the first trip 5 years ago. What was once just a simple field with a small hut where a few families met to worship, there is now a carpentry shop, a sewing center, a well, and a large multi-purpose school/community center. And the children who were educated thanks to child sponsorships from Messiah are now contributing to not only their village, but the surrounding villages like Bufuula where Tim Radkey's Hope Lutheran is now involved.
Chuck made some brief comments about the situation in Uganda and talked about the next steps for our efforts - to learn from the successes and failures that Messiah had with Nakabango. To expand and streamline our efforts in order to allow other congregations, charity-minded organizations, and caring individuals to also get involved and get their hands dirty in Uganda.
Andy and I gave a brief presentation on the concept of Hearts & Hope. Any of our efforts to setup this non-profit pale in comparison to the amazing achievements of the people who've already done more for the children of Nakabango. Hopefully we'll be able to benefit from their expertise and experience to make Hearts & Hope something truly different.
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.