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 ...

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...

Why We Party

Why We Party
Virtually every time I go to Uganda, we have a party at Ray of Hope for our sponsored kids and the women of Nawezakana, as well as any special guests, like Pastor Sam Namatiiti. We started with serving around 90, and are up to 160 or so plates now. It's not as costly as you'd think, but it isn't cheap. With the budget tight, sometimes I think that maybe we should forgo the party and use that money for the programs. And yet... This is the time...

Facebook Chatting With a Young Ugandan Friend

A couple of our sponsored young men have chatted with me this morning. Most are in boarding school, and not directly effected by the situation going on along the railway. But our friend Victor tested out of S4 last year, and wasn't able to continue his education. He is living in the slums, planning to marry in December, and trying to find work. Here is what he said this morning: We are discouraged by railway people but otherwise am ever appriciatig ur c

I’m back from Uganda – Early!

I’m back from Uganda – Early!
I ended up having to return from Uganda early due to some pressing business issues (not Ten Eighteen). That was really a bummer... I hated missing the visit to Jinja, Bukaleba, and the party yesterday at Ray of Hope. Fortunately my son is still there, so he's carried out Ten Eighteen's commitments and done a great job. While I was there, I had a great time and great visits with many of our ladies. The weather was great -- not nearly as hot as the Februa