Taking a Team to Uganda – a New Thing!

Taking a Team to Uganda – a New Thing!
I didn't intend to take a team to Uganda with me this month. I had envisioned doing what I have been doing the last couple of years, since my kids were off at school and unable to go with me -- go by myself, enjoy a day or two off wtih Suzanne, and not do the formerly traditional "one fun thing" that I'd always planned with the kids. (I really miss going with my kids, and even after 4 trips alone, I would still rather go with them. Retired homeschool mo...

Mawanga, ROWAN, and the Ladies Co-op

Mawanga, ROWAN, and the Ladies Co-op
Last October, through a series of divine connections via Instagram, I got connected with ROWAN (Rural Orphan and Widows AIDS Network) in Mawanga. We established a women's cooperative there in the village, to teach women basic tailoring and make items for our Ndoto Project. That group has had a little bit of a rough start because our supervisor/teacher had a very busy schedule and they didn't get the training and supplies we were hoping for. BUT, Emily at R

When You Aren’t Visiting Soon Enough

When You Aren’t Visiting Soon Enough
Most people who have spent time in a foreign country will tell you that the best thing is the relationships you make. I don't mean a short-term-missions-kill-yourself-for-Jesus trip, where you really only interact with your own group of Americans. But if you go and really invest your time into the people, whether you're there for a week or a month or a year, you will find that the relationships you forge are quickly pretty deep and meaningful. We have lost...

Team Trip Coming in October!

Team Trip Coming in October!
I didn't intend to do a group trip, but it just happened. God works like that sometimes. Right now, we have 3, but there's a good possibility of a half dozen or so more, thanks to a new local ecumenical initiative I'm involved with called First Flight Missions. (More about that in a later post!) I haven't done a group trip since 2013 (my own kids don't count!) and I've never done a team that didn't do a camp, so I'm excited to see how God will map it all o...

What We Have Here Is a Failure To Communicate…

Have you ever been in the middle of nowhere? I don't mean the middle of nowhere like we usually say it here in the States. I just said it to someone on the phone last night, as we were trying to set up some remote radio equipment in our house. When he asked about wifi passwords and firewalls, I said, "Oh no, we live in the middle of nowhere. We don't worry about that." I live outside of a small coastal town. It takes me 15 minutes to get to the "oka...

7 More Every Day Sights in Uganda

I was going through my photos while I was creating a blog post for Ten Eighteen, and I just had to share some more photos of every day life in Uganda. After 9 trips, I'm used to these, but it still makes me laugh! I call these the "wide ladies." ALL the women's clothing is set up on these mannequins with huge hips, because that's what Ugandans like. CAN YOU IMAGINE this as a marketing device in the States?! Eggs on a bike. LOTS of eggs on a ...