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Lulwanda. The Rock.

The journey to Uganda began a little something like this..

Leaving India proved to be very difficult. Before we left all of the children gave us notes that they had written for us saying things like “Thanks for taking us to KFC and waterpark. We love you and miss you”. We were presented each with a mug with our picture on it with all of the precious kids. It is not easy leaving people that show so much love.

We flew to the Dubai airport which is a beautiful building as our first stop on the journey. I am pretty sure i pulled an all-nighter course with all the time changes it can be hard to tell. The Lord has definitely given each of us on the team strength when we need it throughout this journey. From there we flew to Addis Ababa, Etheopia and finally to Entebbe, Uganda. What a ride..

Getting off the plane I was imediately surprised. Mbale, Uganda which was our final stop on the journey where we stayed was beautiful! Funny things started happening almost as soon as we left the airport. As we were driving along and getting to know who we would be working with, the car slammed to a halt. I heard the driver start to laugh and expected to see a cow or something in the road like in India but it was a little different this time. Out in the middle of the busy street a madman (who apparently comes there frequently) was walking buttnaked down the road in all the traffic. Hilarious. The whole 5 hour drive after that was mainly uneventful on the really poor roads except for the few potholes that sent us flying. The view of the rolling green hills was breath taking. When i think of Africa, what comes to my mind is the huts, the mud brick houses, and the flat dirt savannahs. The first two were definitely there in parts but this could be the greenest place on the planet. God did good.

The orphanage we worked at there is called Lulwanda meaning “the rock”. It has 110 orphans from the community and it is amazing to see how blessed they have been by the Lord’s provision. Reading each of the kids stories was so sad to hear what inhumanities they had been through prior to being at the orphanage. All of the children had lost either 1 or both of their parents to HIV aids except for one who had a mental disability.

For the majority of the time, we were support missionaries doing behind the scenes stuff more than interacting with the kids there. This was a major change from India where we were with the kids 24/7. We stayed busy painting the buildings around the compound which desperately needed it. By the end we had painted the inside of 10 different buildings. Although at times the work felt mundane and repeptitive, we serve a God which works through the mundane parts of life to accomplish supernatural things. Praise Him for that.

During the weekend, we had the morning off and 4 of us guys decided to take a hike up Mt. Elgon which is the local mountain we drove by each day. We originally thought it would be a 6 hour roundtrip turned into a 9 hour 11 1/2 mile hike with 2500 feet ascension. Oh my goodness, so worth it. We hiked up with our guide named Enoch who happened to be a christian as well and worked as the night guard at the house where we stayed. He became a friend of mine on that journey and is one of the people i will definitely be keeping up with when this journey is over. God allowed us 4 guys who went to encourage him with his family and with his job. He explained to us that we must tell people back home in America about him and his poverty as well as so many others who are in great need. He told us he did not understand how people that have so much and do not help others more. I would be lieing to him if I didn’t tell you. I will for sure be posting a picture of him and his small brick home he invited us into soon.

God has been teaching me, through Enoch and others, how important it is to love those close to you. Especially those that are your enemies and how much of a witness that is for the God of love we serve. He has been showing me how to love others with more than words but with actions and with my time. I have learned that I must become less in order for him to become more in my life. Throughout history, God has always used the “lowest of the low”. Whether it is the young, the lame, the orphans, the poor, the broken, the prostitutes, the destitute, or the powerless; God loves using those those who can give him the most glory back for their success. God deserves all glory and all recognition for his workings on this earth. Why would he use someone who is going to claim it was on their own strength they succeeded? I must constantly be making myself less so that God will choose raise me up in His perfect time.

1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalted you”

Thank you everyone for all the prayer you have blessed me with.

I love you all very much and miss you.

In Him,

Luke

1 Peter 5:9 “Resist him standing firm in the faith knowing that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings”

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