Ten Things to Do and See While in Uganda

Well, it's been almost one year since I moved here to Uganda. As I reflect on the past 10 months, I think of all that has become normal and those things that are still fun and "tourist-y" (is that a word?). Here's a top ten list for you to enjoy. If you ever come for a visit we will make sure to check some off! ENJOY!

  1. Take a taxi 
  2. Eat chapatti 
  3. Cook rice and beans on the charcoal stove 
  4. See the Nile River 
  5. Work in the garden 
  6. Shop at the local market 
  7. Ride a Boda Boda 
  8. See a cultural dance show
  9. Go monkey tracking 
  10. Meet lovely people who remind you the church is global and that we will all one day praise Him together.

Fruitful Summer | Uganda, July 2017

Greetings from Gwaffu!

I pray everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer. It has been a busy time with many things to be thankful for. We are finishing up the current rainy season so the garden has lots of maize (corn) that's ready to pick, as well as fresh beans that we have greatly enjoyed. The boys did a great job planting and weeding so we could enjoy a good harvest. To prepare the maize, we either roast or steam it, but my favorite is roasted. The garden is always a reminder to me of God's provision and our responsibility. He provides everything for the crops and we just have to be good stewards of it.

The past several weeks have been full of celebrations! Patrick and Innocent both had birthdays, that we celebrated with everyone. I always try to make a special birthday treat, and this time around it was banana bread - lots of it! We also planned a party for the 4th of July and had a full house to celebrate American independence. It was fun talking about the holiday, making decorations, and sharing an American tradition with everyone. Fried chicken and apple pie were the highlights of the meal!

I've been spending time with two young ladies, Shamim and Everbright. They both desire business degrees and currently live with family while helping at home. We have been studying the book of John as well as usually finding something to bake together, or a craft to do. They are sweet girls and I've enjoyed the time so far getting to know them. We had been praying they would find jobs and praise the Lord they are both currently employed. This is helpful for them and their families, but means I don't get to see them as often. Please join me in praying for these two sweet young ladies. I've also recently had the opportunity to start a bible study at a high school where I will be meeting with girls who are in their last few years of school. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to seeing how the Lord works in the lives of these girls. These opportunities with young ladies gives me a glimpse of the future vision of GFE through new eyes, and what it would mean for a girls program and the gospel. 

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As always, thank you for your prayers,

- Melissa

Meet Henry | Uganda Educational Non-Profit Organization

Henry is from Kome Island in Central Uganda. There are many hardships living on the island, one of which is that there is a high percentage of people with AIDS. There is also a lack of food, schools meet outside, medical facilities lack medicine, and there is no electricity or source of water (other than Lake Victoria).

When Henry reached 3 years old his father (who had several wives) passed away due to AIDS, and soon after Henry’s mother would discover she too was infected with AIDS. His father’s family chose to abandon his mother and siblings. To survive, his mother began selling smoked fish. God used this opportunity by allowing his mother to meet friends who informed her about the Royal School & Orphanage. Previously his mother had been able to scrap together enough school fees for kindergarten and first grade. God provided Henry with a sponsor, so he enrolled in the 3rd grade at the Royal School & Orphanage. Upon his enrollment, I met him in the Fall of 2007. While attending school he became a Christian through the teaching of various people visiting the school. During the holidays he would earn some money by digging and fishing, and this additional money helped the family continue to survive the hardships of the island.

Before the age of 8, Henry suffered a soccer injury. He had great pain in his legs that caused him to have difficulty walking. There was no money to receive quality treatment for him and his leg pain became progressively worse. His mom resorted to carrying him when needed. Through help from others, Henry eventually received good medical attention, and he was diagnosed with chronic osteomyelitis, which became another hardship for his mom due to her diagnosis. She received government treatment, but she was responsible for a portion of the expense. Henry continued to put his faith and hope in the Lord. 

At this point, Henry was the only believer in his family. He continued to pray for his mother and his siblings’ salvation. Seven years later, after the initial accident, Henry was healed and no longer experienced any leg pain. His mother became a believer as a result of Henry being healed. It is a blessing to watch Henry continue to teach his mother more and more about the promises of God and His continued love for HIS children.

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Henry is currently in his last year at Seroma Secondary School. He will be the first in his extended family to graduate from high school. We are so excited that he has been a part of Grace for Education since it was formed. His desire to study and memorize God’s word is a testimony to how the Lord continues to work in his life. He is diligent in both his school work and in helping around the house with various tasks. It is a blessing to watch Henry sow seeds for Christ. Currently, he serves at his school as the secretary of the Scripture Union, where he is responsible for recording minutes at the meetings as well as acting as the liaison between visiting pastors and the administrators.

Please continue to pray for Henry. You can find some of his prayer requests listed below:

  • Pray for his siblings to come to faith
  • Pray for the people of Kome Island
  • Pray for his good results in his final year (desire to attend Uganda Christian University)
  • Pray that he will continue to grow in Christ and increase his memorization of Scripture
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