Hello All! It’s the long awaited Uganda post! I spent two weeks in this BEAUTIFUL country. I stayed in an orphanage with around 70 kids and two “House-Mother’s.” There are kids anywhere from 2 months to 17 years (and older!!). I lived with them, got water with them, dug for the retaining wall, handed out mosquito nets, fed them, etc. etc. This mission’s trip involved a lot of hard work, but more importantly, the goal was not to WORK, but instead to build relationships! I absolutely fell in love with these children. They have pretty much next to NOTHING, yet they act as if they have EVERYTHING. They have such a joy, such innocence. I cannot even began to describe how they worship the Lord. It’s like nothing I’ve ever, EVER seen. It puts American church to SHAME.
I can honestly say that I am truly changed. The perspective on life that I once had is SO altered.
I know everyone has seen the commercials about orphans in Africa, help feed them, etc…But to be UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL to such need, such utter poverty, it is SO tough. I just wanted to FIX it, but I know that I, myself, cannot save all 2 million of Uganda’s orphans. But that doesn’t mean I will ever stop trying. Even if I only change ONE kids life, isn’t that worth it? I think so.
I have felt very numb, almost depressed since I have gotten home. I am constantly thinking “7 hours ahead” (that’s the time difference). Like, right now (10:30 here, 5:30 A.M. there) they are worshipping and getting water. The babies are crying, and the children are singing.
I feel guilty knowing I am HERE and they are still THERE, with no mom, no dad, and very little HOPE. I know that through GUILT—>MOTIVATION to change something.
My mission for the next time I go back is to go back armed with supplies for the nurseries (babies & toddler’s rooms). They don’t have toys, enough diapers, enough cribs, adequate clothes…and a bunch of other things. I’d LOVE to paint the nurseries and make them a place where the babies and house mom’s can rest and enjoy!
Anyways…enough TALK. I could go ON & ON…if y’all have any specific questions let me know via email: email@example.com
This boy is MINE.
I love you ALL. Back with a food post in the near future!