Just a few weeks ago, a plane touched down in LAX just in time for the group of people on board to sleep through the 4th of July. Completely taxed, yet equally exhilarated, this team came back to the US from a two week Faith Adventure in Uganda, Africa. The plane was very similar to the one they traveled in to Uganda, the airport looked comfortingly familiar, the stores and food recognizable, but the people that got off that plane were forever changed.
We were so blessed to see the fruits of the labor from so many people dedicated to pursuing incredible change in God’s name. We visited the site of the new Kakooge School that is going to bless hundreds of children in the community, largely in part due to the sacrificial giving of countless people from Mariners Mission Viejo. We were able to see, touch and love on so many sponsored children. It was awe inspiring to hear the stories of the trauma these kids have faced and to witness God’s power of restoration as we looked into their eyes filled with hope and faces full of joy. We even got the privilege to deliver boxes of school supplies and toothbrushes given through the generosity of friends, families, small business and the congregation of Bay Cities Church.
In reflecting back, however, the most powerful experiences weren’t just in what we saw and took part in, but in what God did inside and between each one of us. I truly believe this team was granted God’s favor and each person chosen for their unique gifts. The bonds created will be long lasting, for we are no longer a team, but a family.
When Ugandans believe their only option is to look to God, and they do, He shows up very large. When we, Americans, look to all our other resources, our experience and view of God is very small.
Our all mighty Father is a God of FAITHFULNESS, DELIVERANCE and MIRACLES! God is with us always, fills us with hope and is so very alive and performing miracles within us and all around us still today!
So, you all know that hard, calcified arteries and hearts are bad things. I know too. I’ve seen hundreds of them. But what about our spiritual hearts? Do they get hard from a bad diet, bad genes, or the environment? Mine didn’t. Mine got hard from a willingness to look the other way.In Uganda I decided to take a chance and really look. It didn’t take long. I saw the thirsty, the homeless, and those in need of clothes… even more horrible things with each day. Wait, that sounds a lot like what Jesus talked about in Matthew 25, the “unto the least of these” story. Yes, the things that break God’s heart broke mine too. But you know what, my heart has never felt better.
Gentle in countenance but mighty in Spirit
Great team, great trip, insightful and encouraging.
Don & Elaine
Committed to being courageous in what God has called us to and continuing to look to Him as He equips us to Refine Excellence.
Love these kids boldly and courageously, being open to wherever that may lead me.
Having spiritual gifts means nothing if they aren’t used to complete God’s work and show people His love.
This is what fearless love looks like; it’s not just about the words, but the actions.
Humble in spirit, but ferociously committed to making a difference in the lives of these children.
Overwhelmed with a heart of joy; to God be the glory!
Wholeheartedly pursuing God’s will, stepping into places where it is essential to have full reliance on God.
Not paralyzed by heartache and pain, but propelled even faster into the arms of our Heavenly Father, ready to do His will.
Dedicated to giving these kids the most important thing of all…love!
So young, but proving that having an incredible faith has nothing to do with age.