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

Uganda in One Week!

Uganda in One Week!
Thanks to everyone who has asked for our itinerary so you can pray - Here's a photo of our team, and the schedule, and prayer requests from the ladies. Here's our schedule and a little about what we will be doing at each place. Oct 5 Leave on Delta from Raleigh/Durham, through Amsterdam Oct 6 Arrive 10pm We will be staying at Fathers House while in Kampala Oct 7-9 Ray of Hope, Kampala – We will spend 3 days visiting the community (slums), hel...

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...

Ndoto Project’s New Ambassador Program

Ndoto Project’s New Ambassador Program
These ladies are the core of our Namuwongo co-op: Peace, who makes jewelry; and Mary and Agnes, who are the lead seamstresses. They LOVE their Ndoto Collection tees, because they know they are part of a team. They know they are using their skills, and learning new skills, that will help them pull their families out of the slums and out of grinding poverty. That's what the Ndoto Project is all about: helping widows in poverty in Uganda to help themse...

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...

When Storytelling Is Hard

When Storytelling Is Hard
I'm a writer, so people ask me all the time why I haven't written a book about my 5+ years and 10 visits to Uganda. Well... It's complicated! I usually say something like, "Storytelling is hard!" And any fiction writer will tell you that's true. (I did include a stop in Kampala in my first novel, which was fun to write.) But when it comes to my friends and the many people we work with in Uganda, it's a challenge. So much of what people write about A...