How Not To Help

How Not To Help
With our upcoming move to Nicaragua, I have joined several Facebook groups of expats living in various parts of the country. Since I've been back from Uganda, there have been several US news outlet reports of various churches preparing "food aid" and sending it to Nicaragua. One church in Charlotte actually prepared 55,000 (yes, 55 THOUSAND!) packages of food. And I get it. I really do. It seems like a good idea. The youth can get involved. We're helping.

Hospices Tororo and Jinja – the Hard Things

Hospices Tororo and Jinja – the Hard Things
I've been working with Hospice Jinja for almost as long as I've been going to Uganda; I connected with them on my second visit, nearly 6 years ago. When Rinty opened up Hospice Tororo a few years ago, I started visiting there, too. In that time, I've seen some hard things. Things you just don't see -- honestly, things that really don't even happen -- in the US. Through it all, the folks of both hospices have kept their compassion, their love, their dedicat...

Kampala, the Slums, and Ray of Hope

Kampala, the Slums, and Ray of Hope
I've been debating how best to post about the trip, since I wasn't able to do much of anything on the internet while we were gone. In the past I've done day-by-day, or one big post... I decided to group by project this time, and we'll see how that goes! Before I start, let me say that it was a GREAT (and fast!) trip! I think the 3 ladies who went with me really got to see the real Uganda, which was definitely part of my own mission on this trip. We did ...

Have Internet, Will Play Catch-up!

Have Internet, Will Play Catch-up!
We've had a great week traveling, experiencing everything from the rural village with no power or water to a beautiful hotel in Tororo with wonderful grounds and amazing water pressure. We've played with orphans, visited hospice patients, toured a hospital, and and played football (soccer) with school kids. We've gotten lost and gotten a great tour of the countryside, shopped at the market, and watched in awe as a full rainbow crossed the sky. In short,...

When God Is Funny

When God Is Funny
I love that God has a sense of humor. Really, I do! For my family, God's humorous side usually translates into new adventures. Sometimes those adventures are... let's say ones we might not otherwise choose. You know, those things that you once-upon-a-time said, "I'll never..." about. "I'll never live THERE..." "I'll never do THAT..." And my personal favorite, "I'll NEVER be called to be a missionary!" These last few months, the thing bo...

5 Reasons To Go To a Third World Country

5 Reasons To Go To a Third World Country
5. THE KIDS There is just TOO MUCH CUTENESS! 4. AMAZING SITES Unspoiled wilderness, stunning vistas, empty beaches. God's creation without a hotel, McDonalds, or shopping mall in site. 3. EPIC PHOTOGRAPHY POTENTIAL People, places, animals, skies... Your journey in photos will bring back memories for a lifetime! 2. AMAZING LOCAL EATS AND DRINKS! Eat local - you won't be disappointe...