This is What I See

When I come to Uganda, I feel like there is so much to see. So many sights that differ from home.

I see countless school children listening intently in class.

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I see students taking notes.

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I see students working hard to memorize information from their teachers.

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I see students eager to learn. Eager to change their futures. Eager to change the future of Uganda.

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I see students like Blessing who are attending a PCM school for the first time and overjoyed to be there.

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Blessing is why we have schools and she is worth it! 

I see Shanita. She attended a crusade the week before we arrived and came to a saving knowledge of Christ. DSC_3272

When we visited the land that Pastor Tony and the Rwengo church purchased, there was rejoicing for Shanita. Rejoicing for her life on earth and life everlasting in heaven.

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I see a beautiful young lady in a blue skirt who was and will continue to be transformed because of a crusade. She is why we have crusades. Shanita is worth it!

When I come to Uganda, I see God making a way through PCM for Gaston to attend medical school. His impact has been great at the Kate Clinic and though his presence will be missed while he is away at school, this next step for him will only increase his future impact!

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“I have much joy! My dream of becoming a doctor is going to be fulfilled.”

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I also see Dianah, who you may recognize from the first choir tour. She knew she wanted to work in a salon and through her sponsor was able to attend vocational training.

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I see Gaston and  Dianah’s dreams coming true. I am thankful for the opportunities that they have been given to learn trades and skills that will allow them to provide for themselves and their future families as well as impact many. Dianah and Gaston are why we support continued education and vocational training and they are worth it.

When I come to Uganda, I see churches. Churches like the Happy Hill Church across from the Rwemikoma school.

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I see men and women worshipping the Lord with all of their strength.

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I see church goers who are eager to know the Word of God intimately.

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I see land that they have worked hard to purchase together.

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I see a humble temporary structure on a foundation that waits for something more permanent to be built.

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I see a church that waits expectantly for what the Lord will do on this very ground. Waits expectantly for families to be restored, children to be raised hearing the Word, men to learn to lead, and everyone who enters to worship in spirit and truth.

The Happy Hill Church is why we partner with churches scattered throughout rural villages and they are worth it!

I see students like Matthew rejoicing and thanking God for a cafeteria for his school. I see a building several years in the making that is receiving the finishing touches on a beautiful new floor that will experience the feet of thousands in the year to come.

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As I stood in this vast room, I was brought to tears at the thought of what will take place in this very space in the years to come. Bodies will be nourished. Church services will be held. Christ will be exalted. I see so much more than a building. I see so much more than years of laboring both in the USA and in Uganda to make this a reality. This is why we have building projects and it is worth it!

This trip I am thankful for the things the Lord has allowed me to see. The way He has shown me specific ways that each arm of PCM is impacting lives. Real people whose stories are being written differently because of the work He is doing through Parental Care Ministries. This is what I have seen and it is worth it!

Reflections of Team 48

Enjoy these powerful pictures from Team 48…

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There is Power

If there is one thing that I have learned from my trips to Uganda, it’s that there is power in the written word. After seeing the excitement and tears of joy as the children from our Parental Care schools scan their letters and cards from their sponsors, it is no surprise to me that the Word of God is filled with letters. On trip 48 we have delivered Valentine’s Day cards and letters to nearly 1,800 children! They may have not ever heard of Valentine’s Day before, but love transcends culture or language barriers.

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And let me tell you, Wilson’s excitement just gives you a small glimpse in to the power of the written word.

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The encouragement that comes from a card carefully written by a family thousands of miles away might be the driving force to try harder in school.

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The picture printed and tucked in an envelope with a handwritten note might produce a smile for a child who is struggling with the loss of a family member.

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As each letter and card is distributed, the proof is in the smiles.

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A seemingly simple, “I love YOU!” might be a reminder to a child in Uganda that they are not forgotten.

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There is power in the written word.

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Power to produce joy.

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Power to speak truth.

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Power to encourage and uplift.

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Power to proclaim the Father’s love to the most vulnerable and needy among us.

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There is no doubt in my mind that with the help of the Holy Spirit, the words that fill the letters we deliver to Uganda can breath life and reminders of Christ in to lives of these children.

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Thank you to the sponsors, church groups, school classes, families, youth groups, Sunday school classes, individuals and more who took time to write. Thank you for sharing the love!

There is power in the written word!