Arriving in Uganda with a new Team of people is always a special moment for me. The excitement that comes over everyone as we depart the airport and head into the City is electric. As senses are assaulted by new sights, sounds, and smells I'm always reminded of my very first trip here and I love watching first time visitors take it all in.
I love seeing their world view changed and their hearts captured by this country and these people. I love watching them fall in love with children that are so dear to my heart... these children that long to know they are loved and special.
The transformation that takes place when a child feels loved is amazing... it's powerful. Love changes their lives and restores their hope. You can see it.
The first several days after our arrival were spent painting the primary school building. It was a BIG job, but the Team worked hard and pulled it off in just a few days. Such a blessing!
After a hard days work, the Team would head up to the Field and spend time playing soccer and getting to know some of the school children. It didn't take long for new Friendships to form!
Our second week was filled with morning dance lessons for our girl students as they learned what it means to be a daughter of the King. Our guys met with our school boys and focused on what it means to be a godly man by learning that a true Leader is first a servant, just as Jesus showed us. It was a blessing to watch the boys start allowing girls to go first by the middle of the week; as they learned that they are to protect and defend females, not abuse and take advantage of them.
The afternoon VBS/Summer Camp was a HUGE success! The children love learning new songs and doing crafts as they learned more about Jesus. The Highlight of the week was when 20 plus students asked Jesus to be their Savior. Hallelujah! THAT is what this is all about!
The transformation that takes place, not only in the lives of the children we minister too, but in the hearts of the people that come to serve is one of my favorite things to witness.
A heartfelt thank you to our 2014 Team. You sacrificed time and money to travel to the other side of the world to love and serve our Suubi community... you have made a Difference in the lives of many children. You have shown them Love... and given them Hope.
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