Mission Uganda August 2019 is completed!
I am back home and starting to get back into my normal life routine. As always, my heart is still partly in Uganda but it is so good to be back home living life with the “Hottie!” ( For you that don’t know me very well, the Hottie is my precious wife, Judy.)
I want to share with you some reflections from the trip.
At the beginning of all 8 final soccer matches, there is a formal procedure we go through—not unlike a ceremony at the World Cup matches. Margaret leads our American group on to the field, and we shake hands with all the players and the refs. There is small boy or girl standing in front of each player. I always look into the eyes of each player and gave them a big smile.
I want to express my congratulations that they made it to the finals, and to confirm what we just told the entire crowd—that Jesus loves them so much. After the handshakes, we line up in front of the players, and the American National Anthem and then the Ugandan National Anthem are played. Then one of the American team kicks the soccer ball to officially start the game.
This is what I really want to share with you all. I have never been so proud to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” and felt so much pride for our country. I have been to games in the States and sort-of sang with the National Anthem, but not even close to how I sang it in Uganda. I felt so much pride for our great country. My thoughts would go to how we are truly American ambassadors to this foreign country. As far as race goes, we were the only white people—better called Mazungos—but were treated as royalty and dignitaries.
I have been home for about 5 days now. I am comparing my life in the United States and the life the people live in Uganda.
Folks, we have so, so much to be thankful for.
- More food that we know what to do with. The food we waste could feed the entire Mukono District.
- Clean water is plentiful.
- Good roads and transportation. Don’t take this for granted!
- Comfortable living conditions with heat and AC, electricity, lights, and for most of us all the comforts you can have.
- Relative peace and justice
I beg you readers to stop listening to the news media about all the negative things about America and how bad we are, and instead focus on the good things! If you have trouble believing this, go to any third world country for three weeks and then come back home. It will change your entire perspective.
Also, stop complaining. And do something. If we would all work together for the good, we could change the world. In only 14 months of existence, Mission Uganda has affected so much change, it is mind boggling! A group of people joined together with a group of people in Uganda to answer the assignment they were given by God.
By working together, lives are being transformed, and we are changing the world. Thousands of kids now get to have a good lunch at school which has a direct result in their ability to learn. Thousands of kids will pass the government required exam to continue their education because they received a $1.60 geometry set. A mill has been built, and land has been bought. This 13 acre plot of land is going to become one of the most productive properties in the entire area. Jobs are being created, and needs are being met.
Because of the Engbers House (an orphanage), 12 children’s lives have been completely transformed. One little boy named David, who one year ago was an orphan and had no way to pay his school fees or buy clothes, is today the top student of his school and called the Perfunctory (top student and head over all other students). Because of people’s compassion and generosity, there is going to be a transformation over generations.
Love can change the world. Most importantly, transforming lives into the Kingdom of God and making disciples of Jesus Christ can change a whole nation.
Here in America we are richly blessed. Let’s share this with the world and bless others!