July team

A group of men from the West’s home church in Alex City, Sixth Street Baptist, came last week.  Though they were only at Abaana’s Hope for a few days, I am now convinced that no visit to this place is too short for God to work in some powerful ways!  Those guys encouraged so many people over here.

Thank you, Matt, John, Bill & Nathan for coming!  You were a blessing to each person you met out here, bringing comfort and hope to those hurting, and showing the love of Christ through your compassion and friendship!


Friday

Pastor Matt and John led a Bible conference, teaching on suffering and God’s perfect plan.  It was a very timely message for us all, as we continue to think on Myron’s illness and still mourn his passing.

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Carolyn and Kevin leading in praise
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It’s a delight to watch (and sometimes join in) the dancing!

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The kitchen was the happening place that afternoon! Goat, chicken and pocho for all! | credit: Patrick
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Desta
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John Bosco & Oscar
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The conference concluded with a big football (soccer) game.

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Saturday

The guys got a full tour of AH, spent time investing in relationships with some of the men around the community, led a Bible lesson for the kids, and visited John Bosco’s & Nighty’s home.  I didn’t get pictures of most of that because I stayed back at the compound and watched the slaughtering of a pig ;P  Surprisingly, it was pretty intriguing seeing the process from beginning to end (I’ll spare you the graphic shots tho ;P ).

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Our pig…affectionately named “Bacon Larry Thomas” aka “BLT”
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Addi is my special buddy.

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Timo is my other buddy.
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Bosco
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Ready for slow-cooking through the night!
Sunday

Bright and early I went out to check on our faithful barbecue masters, Mr. Jimmy, Bosco & Denis.  Thanks to a whole lotta coffee, they stayed up ALL night roasting that pig!  It was a labor of love for sure!

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A makeshift tent was constructed to keep the heavy rains from destroying our meat.

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The boys came out in their Sunday finest, all matching in plaid!

Pastor Matt preached that morning on a life surrendered to Christ.  Helping in children’s Sunday school caused me to miss the sermon, but I heard that like the conference it was very beneficial to those who heard.  As the Bible says, the Word of God is living and active and it won’t return to Him void!  We pray for God to continue watering the seeds of hope and joy planted by the team in the days to come!

Many of the children lingered at the church following the service.  They’re hilarious!  Taking pictures of them is one of my favorite things!  This was also Alex’s and Holly’s last Sunday at AH so there were many goodbyes taking place.

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Allen
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Oh Walter….he’s such a character!
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Holly got very close to Molly and her little boy, Norris.

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Alex and Vicky developed a special, sisterly bond over the last few weeks.

In the afternoon all the missionaries and some close Acholi friends gathered at the compound to celebrate friendship and Apiyo’s & Acen’s (those are the Ugandan names given to the Moody twins 😉 ) 12th birthday!

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july 24
Hangin’ with my Timo buddy again.

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Time to pull those ribs off the heat!

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AAAAANNNNDDD the finished product! Was it worth the guys staying up all night? Absolutely! Best pork I’ve ever put in my mouth!

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Bosco & Mr. Jimmy enjoying the fruit of their labor {and Josh being Josh}
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A fun Ugandan twist to blowing out birthday candles.
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I don’t know who took this picture….Alex? Addi? Whoever took it, I’m obsessed with that light and how perfectly natural Gaines looks 😉
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Sweet Anna with Auntie “Anna” (they drop the “H” sound in my name over here).
Monday

The guys visited the kindergarten, where they delivered cards handmade by the children from Sixth Street Baptist and prayed over the classroom.  The kids were thrilled with their notes of encouragement!  In our debriefing time most of the men said that this was one of the most touching moments of the trip for them.

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I surprised Winnie by being ready with the camera when she turned around 🙂
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Gordon
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Jesus Loves You, Gordon!
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Ambrose & Deborah

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Ramond couldn’t contain his excitement!
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Maurine
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Pastor Matt praying over the class.

july 25

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Jesus Loves You, Jordan!

It was the last day for Alex & Holly to hang out with those whom they got so close to this summer.  The time was so joyful….oh that laughter!!!….but the goodbyes were especially painful.  I’ll never forget that day.

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Jennifer
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Scovia
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Deborah
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Jennifer
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Holly spent one more afternoon with Prossy.
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credit: Steward
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Steward….as of today (8/1/16) Steward still needs one more sponsor!
Tuesday

We all woke up bright and early and drove for several hours to Paraa Safari Lodge.  It was a great way to wrap up time with the team.  The kids and I got to unwind by the pool and then the whole group enjoyed a nice safari drive at sunset.  We spotted elephants, lions, water buffalo, hyenas, hippos, a leopard, giraffe and so many other animals!  It was one of the best safaris yet!  I’m so glad this team got to experience it!

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Shocking, yes, my camera stayed back at the hotel during safari. It was fun just to enjoy the ride, marvel over God and his beautiful creation, and keep my nice gear dry 😉

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Wednesday

This was the hardest day for me emotionally.  The team + Alex & Holly woke up before the sun and said goodbye with tears and tons of hugs.  It was hard seeing them drive away.

The Moody’s and I spent the rest of the morning chilling out by the Nile and then made the drive back to the bush….back to our home….

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The Moody Family

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HOME!!

Ahhhh I still can’t believe this beautiful land is really my home, and these amazing people my family!  4 more months to go!

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I pray for God to be glorified to the fullest every single day and increase in my life as I continue to live and serve the Acholi here at Abaana’s Hope.

Thanks, friends & family for your support and love!  I’ll have another prayer post written very soon with new requests and praises!

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