Monthly Archives: July 2012

“The journey home….”


We have just made a quick stop at CURE to say “goodbye” and are about to head to Jinja for a day of shopping and a boat ride on the Nile River. Everyone is doing great….except for our hearts a bit sad over leaving our friends here. Our hearts are tied to this staff and many patients. We will miss them greatly.

NO, The chickens aren’t a souvenir….but we dropped these off too this morning for Miriam to feed her school!!  What fun we had as they got jumped out of the box and Ashley and Lauren caught them.  Go Girls!!


“I Saw God When….”


Greetings from Lira!

We are on a medical mission stop here at the Lira Hospital, on our way back from Gulu,  and then travel the rest of the day back to Mbale. God truly moved in Gulu…pictures and updates to come…but in the meantime, I asked the team to answer this question with a picture and some thoughts….Read and enjoy!”

“I Saw God When…..”

Caroline….”I saw God in the laugh of this child. “We are unknown yet well known; dying yet, behold, we live; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; Having nothing, yet possessing everything.”

Anne….”I saw God in this glorious African morning sunlight! It placed on my heart, that His SON has brought His magnificent LIGHT here, to Uganda, to bring the beautiful African people His Hope in an otherwise dark and despairing place. I praise HIM with my whole heart for His LIGHT and I thank Him for bringing me here to share His hope with my brothers and sisters in Gulu.”

Payton….”I saw God while reading Romans 1 with my new school friends.  They were so hungry to hear the Word and overjoyed with each word.  I have never seen children so concentrated on every word.  I finally understand why Christ calls us in Mark 10 to come to Him like little children.  They are so precious and willing to hear truth.”

Ashley….”I saw God in the church field in the midst of 200 children for VBS. I had planned on 12-15 children, based on our need for a VBS in Mbarara last year. Who would have guessed that the church had a school right next to it? I prayed that morning for God to use us in a big way. And He answered!! The school teachers brought all of their children outside to participate with us. I really saw how 2 fish and 5 loaves worked that day….I NEVER RAN OUT OF SUPPLIES!! Every child had something to do. My favorite moment was watching the children sing and do the motions to ‘Jesus Loves Me’.”

Michelle….”I saw God when I heard the women in Gulu singing praise to our God.  It just amazed me that these women – some who traveled for unimaginable distance to the outreach – could be so joyful in the midst of heartache.  They truly taught me what it means to “pray continually and give thanks in all things”.

Staci…. “I saw God when I met Mary and Joy the first day in Gulu.  The language barrier makes things a little harder, but we still have a lot of fun together.  Mary (pictured above) has hydrocephalus and spina bifida, but she is still such a happy little girl.  God has blessed her with a grandma and a very protective cousin, Joy.  Her little smile and laugh always made my day much better.”

Sarah….”I saw God when I arrived at Miriam’s school.  All of the children were filled with so much happiness.  We became a part of it just by being in their presence.  This little boy, Anthony, has spina bifida, his legs are not properly aligned.  Yet, it did not stop him from walking with his wooden crutches and playing with the other children.  He had the sweetest smile, backed by happiness.  The amount of JOY he had touched my heart.  The presence of these children could just light up your world.  I believe God shines in his heart.  Mamma Miriam has opened up her heart and her home.  She gives these children the love that they desire.  I saw God when I witnessed how much love Miriam has for others, especially these children.  She has given them a future and a love for Christ.  I saw God in Uganda this day….with His love.”

Lauren….”I see God in holding this child from Miriam’s school.  These children are sick and their culture has made them outcasts.  Miriam and these children are teaching me to love deeply (like God) and to care for those around me.  Time seems to move slower in Africa.  People take time to speak to you and show you that they care.  This is why miracles happen in Africa.  Because they take time to be with God instead of rushing to the next activity.”

Shannon….”I saw God in this service. I was so overwhelmed at the altar call that I had to pause because I was so choked up. The entire sanctuary came down to the altar and raised their hands in surrender to the Lord to carry their cross. They made a commitment to God to allow Him to use the story of their child and the struggles they face to minister to other mommas and daddys, to CARRY THEIR CROSS….for this is where they found Jesus. In this moment, my call to Uganda and hearing the Lord say, “Go to Gulu” came to fruition. I could have stayed in this moment forever. Praise the holy living God. My life belongs to Him.”

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of god that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

“In Gulu….”


After an 11 hour drive, we safely made it to Gulu last night. All of us are safe, happy and healthy. We met some mammas last night who have traveled a very long distance. There was no power at the camp, but it was beautiful to worship with these mammas by candlelight. We cannot post pictures right now, but we will update when we return to Mbale. We send our love home!

“Bringing Hope….”


I don’t really feel as if I need to write many words with this picture.

What you see is our team praying with mammas who asked Jesus into their hearts after hearing Michelle’s testimony.

We gathered the mammas into the spiritual center and I introduced Michelle as a very special team member.

She herself has hydrocephalus.

Many of the mammas here feel hopeless for their child….they don’t know how they will grow up and live a normal life.

Michelle brought hope as she shared with them how to love and encourage their children.

Many wept as they listened to her. They asked her if her shunt hurt….and was she able to go to school?  Michelle testified to God’s goodness in her life….and how when He looks at her…

He sees her as beautiful….

And He sees these children beautiful as well.

“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his glory.” Isaiah 61:3



Today was the team’s first full day at the hospital. I loved watching the team minister to the mammas and love on the babies….for this is when I really saw “who” my team is. As I lay under my mosquito net tonight, with the power flickering on and off, and stray dogs howling out my window….I want to share about “Today….”

Today, I watched Ann be a mamma to a baby not her own. I watched her sing a lullaby to this child. I saw the mamma smile, for now her child was loved and not rejected. I saw Ann cry….and God touch her heart. She was holding someone precious to Him.

…I watched Michelle cry as she was looked in the eye by Simon Peter (a pastor on the spiritual staff at CURE) and he told her that her story of having hydrocephalus and living a normal life would bring hope to the Ugandan mammas for their own children with hydrocephalus. I saw God touch her heart. He spoke life giving words to Michelle.

…I watched Ashley hold and comfort Robert as a nurse injected painful medication through his IV. Ashley met Robert on our trip to Mbarara last year and thought she may never see him again. I watched this tough girl cry as she saw him for the first time again. He remembered her and he asked her to promise she would always come back to see him. I saw God touch her heart. They cannot even understand one another….yet they love each other.

…I watched Lauren smile. Just smile. She says she is in love with this place. She is filled with joy as she talks to the mammas and hold their babies. I saw God touch her heart. He filled her with His joy.

…I watched Staci hand out candy on the way to the hospital this afternoon. As we walk the dirt roads, young children often run up to us. Her eyes smiled as she gave each of them a treat. I saw God touch her heart. For she received the children just as He does.

…I watched Caroline laugh. Her smile is contagious. I saw her talk to the mammas and her smile would make them smile. I saw her connect with a young mamma when she asked her how her baby was doing in her native tongue. I saw God touch her heart. For she let her know that God loves her baby.

…I watched Payton tell the story of how she helped in the lab. I laughed as she laughed trying to pronounce the name of the next patient. I saw God touch her heart today. I saw a young woman serving as a medical missionary.

…I watched Sarah get attached to a 3 month old baby boy named Brian. She says that he is the cutest baby! She talked to his mamma for awhile. I saw God touch her heart today. Sarah’s eyes light up when she talks about this baby.

….I watched a 15 year old girl from Gulu receive our prayer for God to heal her of a brain tumor and hydrocephalus. I saw my team be just that….a team… as I asked them to join me in laying hands on her. She was an orphan…her parents killed by the LRA, and no one wants her. I felt God touch my heart. For this is why I was created….to touch the sick and pray for healing.

“Finally here….”


It is 6:15 pm in Mbale, Uganda on Monday. We made it! After several LONG flights and drive, we are so happy to have a place to rest our heads tonight.

Ashley and I asked the girls to share their first impression of Uganda….

Anne, “I am just so glad to finally be HERE, in Uganda. I know that I am supposed to be here.”

Payton, “Wow, so this is what cankles look like, ” as she looked at her very large ankles.

Staci, “I loved how I was riding in the van and I began to wave at some young Ugandan children in another van, they all began to wave back! I loved it! It made me feel at home.”

Sarah, “I love how joyful the people are…they have so little, but so much!”

Michelle, “As I watched all the kids walk down the street I began to think of the verse about how we need to become more like children in order to enter the kingdom of God. I realized that these kids are going to teach me a lot about Him this week.”

Lauren, “I am so happy to be here and I can already tell that I am fully in love with this country.”

Ashley, “My heart finally feels at peace since I got here. I know God’s hand is on this trip because the one little boy, Robert, from Mbarara last year, is the very first patient I saw today. I thought I would never see him again. He is the reason I am here. He is the voice of all these children.”

Shannon, “When we landed and I watched women walk down the road barefoot with a bundle of sticks on their heads with a baby on their back….I felt like I was a home. I never knew how much I would miss the smell of a fire burning….it makes my heart burn for this place. I am excited about what God is about to do!”

A Few Images from London…