We have talked about this concept several times this week during our devotion time in the morning. It truly comes alive when we are with the kids in Uganda.
All of us are frequently asked, prior to a trip, about what we are going to accomplish. What will we build? What will we do?
Sometimes it is difficult to explain that what we do is more about encouragement and hope. Often times it is more about the intangibles than the things we can physically see at the end of the day. Being a task-oriented person myself, I like a good project! I love working on something and seeing the results of my work. However, working in Uganda has taught me that sometimes that isn't what we are called to do. Sometimes it's just about being here.
I am thankful for a team who "gets it"; they have touched, literally, hundreds of kids this week. Many children here don't get that. While their mothers, aunts, grandmothers, guardians, love them, there is not much time to sit and hold a baby or cuddle a toddler or throw their arm around a 10-year-old boy.
That's a big part of what has been accomplished this week. Lots of touch. Lots of hand-holding. Lots of cuddles. Blessed to be a part of this team.
Enjoy a few pictures that capture the power of touch in Uganda....
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.