We’ve been here for 4 months now, and we are starting to get a glimpse of the people.  The culture seems very intense.  Mourning, fear, and anger feel very powerful here.  The joy in the stories and dancing is so passionate and heartfelt!   These people are real.  Their smiles and cries are spontaneous and true.  

In America, when I saw pain or fear in the eyes of one of my students, I made it a priority to find out what had happened.  If i found out that he had been hurt at home, was not eating healthy meals, or did not have a peaceful place to sleep, a stack of paperwork and some urgent phone calls would ensue.  Here, I assume that most, if not all, of my students are experiencing those things every single day. 
Most days, I feel swallowed up by the waves of emotion.  I want to learn to ride them better.  Sometimes I wish I could un-see the things I have seen, and un-hear the things I have heard, and just go back to “normal.”  I do not have that option.  The only choice is to get my hands dirty, get to work, listen for direction, and ask God for peace.  
Photo Credit: Courtney Skiera-Vaughn
Wedding next door! Ugandans sure know how to throw a dance party!
Our go-to shop owners are proud of their fruits and veggies!
Our new school is awesome.  We have new Tiva jugs that filter water through sand, making it pure and drinkable for our thirsty kiddos!  The food program is back in full swing!  We’re getting into a good routine with our new curriculum and supplies.  The kids are starting to settle down after the holiday break- it takes a few days to accomplish that, to which any teacher, anywhere in the world can attest! 

Our new Ugandan volunteer (a true God-send), asked me, "So how did you choose these children? There are so many out there who cannot afford school, and are living on the streets! They are so lucky."

I’m thinking: What?  Are you kidding?  These kids are lucky?!  They are the most unlucky people on the face of the earth.

But the truth is: God chose them. For some reason, He chose these children to be fed, educated, and loved.  The massive, all-knowing God of the Universe looked down and picked out these people, one by one.  

Psalm 12:7 "You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked."

This is hope.

Thankful for clean water to drink!
Mid-morning porridge!
New toothbrushes, thanks to Miner Family Dentistry in Hays, Kansas! Thank you for the supplies and books, too!
Lunch: Beans and Posho!
Of course I had to throw this one in, too. Bethany loves reading with her friends at school!
10/19/2013 12:20:09 am

We are so truly proud of you.

Jan Brandenburg
10/19/2013 01:09:41 am

Four months sounds like such a short time but it's been life-changing for your family and the children! God can accomplish so much with so little! Thanks for the wonderful updates, they help us know how to pray for you.

Sherry Crow
10/20/2013 11:31:51 pm

Beautiful! I had a tear or two when I recognized your handwriting on the cups.


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