Team 62 has been on the ground in Uganda for a few days. This is largely a team who are experiencing PCM Uganda for the very first time. We have visited some of the schools as well as Glory FM, the Omwana House and Enkoko House. It has been such a blessing to see this group praising God for all that He has done in the ministry.
One of my favorite things to witness on trips to Uganda is when sponsors meet the child they have grown to love sometimes for years through letter writing. It has an amazing impact on both the child and sponsor! The tears are hard to contain as you see them embrace for the first time. Even through the sometimes-strong language barrier the interaction begins to unfold and they are able to share in person what God is doing in their lives. The child will often pull out all of the sponsor’s past letters and pictures that they have coveted for so long. Proudly they display them for their sponsor as their prized possessions showing the sponsor just how much they mean to them. The impact of writing letters to your sponsored child is so great and cannot be underestimated.
Here are a few stories of the many first-time meetings of the members of Trip 62.
This was my first time to meet my sponsor son, Moses and to be in Uganda. It is incredibly humbling to feel like I have given so little, but hold such an important role in his life. He met me with open arms as soon as I stepped off the bus and we spent the day getting to know each other and my daughters (his American sisters) immediately connected to him too. Seeing the power of sponsorship first hand was incredible – if you are a sponsor of one of these children you ARE a part of their family. – Smittee Root
I got to meet my sponsor child in 2013 and she was not feeling well on that trip. Her father brought her to meet me since she was not at school. During that trip I prayed for her to feel better. This time she was healthy and so excited to see me. I loved seeing her smile and having her introduce me to her friends. We both cried when it was time for me to leave. I can’t wait to come back to visit her again. – Carlin Root
This was my first time to meet my sponsor child, Keneth, and it was amazing. When I spotted him in the crowd and called his name his entire face lit up. He was very shy, but would not leave my side during the time we were at his school. When we were leaving he was upset but was excited to hear that we would stop by his school one more time to see him again. –Meagan Miller
“Benjamin!!!” cried Mahayla. A shy boy standing in the back replied with a surprised look and a smile that someone seemed to know him by name. This was Mahayla and my first time to meet Benjamin. He was very shy but warmed up to us as the day went on. We were able to walk down with Driver Emmy to meet his mother and pray for her and her family. With a grateful heart she shared stories of Benjamin and her family. Mahayla and Benjamin skipped down a broken road to the village to gather supplies for his family as Emmy and I laughed at how they seemed to be brother, sister and lifelong friends. God is so good! In my opinion his love and light has shined more on Mahayla and I than for Benjamin. We are forever blessed. – Adam McMahon
These are just a very small sampling of the stories of sponsorship. God is using this program to change lives in Uganda and in the United States. He is bringing hope to both the sponsors and the children of PCM. If you want to be a part of what He is doing, simply swing by our office, log on to our website at pcmonline.org OR sign up to go on a trip with us!
But if you already sponsor, get your letter to us today! Your sponsored child is eagerly waiting to hear from you. The impact of your letter can never be effectively communicated. It’s the joy in their eyes and excitement on their face as they read your letters and learn what is going on in your lives.
“…I tell you the truth when you did it one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me.” Matthew 25:40