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...

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...

October Team Trip To Uganda – Details!

October Team Trip To Uganda – Details!
My trip in October wasn't supposed to be a group trip. Not that I'm necessarily opposed to group trips, although I'm so used to going by myself or just with the kids that I'm a little spoiled with the ease of the whole thing now. Rather, it just sort of evolved out of casual conversations with a local missions-minded pastor and an old friend whose daughter just really wanted to go with me to Uganda. Voila! I had a potential group! Here are the details, ...

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 It’s Like To Be Sick In Uganda

What It’s Like To Be Sick In Uganda
This is a private room at the International Hospital of Kampala (IHK). This is one of the country's premier hospitals, started by an Irish doctor who emigrated to Uganda, and who is now in Parliament there. My son was in this room for 4 days with pneumonia. The first two days were terrifying, as I got a first hand look at the differences between our Western medicine and what is practiced in the best hospital in Uganda. (To be fair, my son did get better, a...

It’s Give Back Tuesday!

Meet Julius, in the pink pants. He lives with his grandfather (not shown). Julius is HIV+. When he gets sick, he has to walk to the hospital in Tororo. The hospital is at least 10 miles away. His family doesn't have the money for transport, and his grandfather is old. Hospice Tororo staff found him in the hospital and have added him to their roster so they can help him. We visited him in October, and the psycho-social staff gave him a photograph of ...