Students, faculty, and sponsors returned from Uganda between the 12th of March. Exhausted but beaming, we heard the stories of the miracles performed by 38 missionaries on the lives of the refugee population in Kiryandongo District, Uganda.
More importantly, we are now hearing all that happened in the lives of those that went to Uganda.
If you ask Mr. Russell Palmer, the miracle is that such a few people were able to provide programs for 700+ VBS kids daily, 500+ attended medical clinics, 500+ daily kids participating in sports classes, the completion of a church and a basketball court, and materials for a three-room school are currently in place.
If you ask the students, over and over, they mention how much joy they saw in the children. How, even through the sorrow of losing everything, these children are happy with anything. Every student said the same thing. They saw happiness where they would have expected sadness.
Sixth grader, Andrea, said it best, “They are gratefully for what they have because they lost everything and now they see the value in anything.”
Another sixth grader, Boomer, had this to say, “I saw God there. They have enough. Just enough, but enough.”
The wisdom that our students gained through this mission trip, seeing other children different than themselves, is something that will last a lifetime. They went to bless and they were blessed.
Photo Tim Freccia