What a fabulous day we got to experience today! Wow - blessed beyond belief!
We started our day leaving the Hotel Africana and heading to Kampala and the land where the seminary groundbreaking would take place. We were redirected to another piece of land had just that had just been purchased and where Hearts and Hope will begin work to build a secondary school. Unbeknownst to us, we would be participating in a groundbreaking for the secondary school as well! Both services were amazing and a privilege to attend. Several us turned a shovel full of dirt - some with more ease than others... Tim Radkey, a pastor in Dallas, has worked tirelessly to lead the charge to raise funds for the seminary. Such a thrill to join them at dinner tonight.
Next we headed to Kainagoga, where we would meet with the 16 sponsored kids and spend some time with the 350 kids who attend the school. It was so much fun for the team to experience the warm Uganda greeting we have grown to love! We handed out packets and took hundreds of pictures. Some beautiful moments!
One of the great joys of the day was presenting 50 bedding kits (a mattress, blanket, and mosquito net) to kids in Kainagoga. Messiah Lutheran Church raised this money through their Christmas mission offering. Before the presentation, I asked Henry if he would take us to a home of one of the kids who would receive a new mattress. This picture was taken in one of those homes; this women's four children currently sleep where she is sitting. It was pitch black in the room - at 4:00 in the afternoon. The mission team members each presented to 5 or 6 different kids and we all basked in the smiles! It was so rewarding - and humbling. Thank you Messiah - you have changed lives today!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.