September team + CDP center week: days 3-5

**Warning!! Photo-heavy post!! 🙂 **

As I’ve mentioned twice over the last few months, it’s such a blessing to have short-term missions teams visit AH.  Some may question whether a one or two-week trip is even worth the time and energy spent preparing to come…not to mention how expensive travel costs are for so little time on the ground.  But let me just encourage those of you considering a trip, the impact of short-term missions is great, both for the team member and the locals!

In June we had a group of young guys and girls come over with their parents to do a week of football (soccer) clinics at the local schools.  See pictures HERE!  The frequency of which these guys shared the Gospel and the way they naturally demonstrated Christ-likeness in their interactions with those kids was very impactful for the Kingdom.

Then in July four men came leading a Bible conference and spending every spare moment just spending time encouraging the local people.  See pictures HERE!  Since the group was from Myron West’s home church in AL, the Acholi people were especially comforted by the presence of our brother’s close friends, and challenged by their teaching on God’s control even in times of sorrow and suffering.

The team we welcomed just 2 weeks ago was no exception when it came to God’s glory being displayed and people’s lives being changed.  5 women from Santuck Baptist Church in AL arrived late on a Tuesday afternoon and jumped right into serving the next morning.  It happened to be the CDP Center Week, so we incorporated them into the fun!  The team also had unique opportunities to minister to the women in the community: sharing personal testimonies at the Women’s Refuge Center, having one on one discipleship with some of the AH workers, going to the burial of a woman and getting to share the Gospel and pray over the grieving family, challenging teen girls to live lives of Biblical purity, and then being a support during Myron’s memorial service on Sunday.  God used them in such big ways!!

Wanda, Dawn, Michelle, Traci & April, God led you to this place at the perfect time and we praise Him for all He accomplished in and through your lives last week!  Thank you for stepping outside your comfort zones and for pouring yourself out at Abaana’s Hope.  The women here will never forget your joy and love.  May the Lord continue to increase your passion for His work over here and in all the world as you share your experiences at your church and with your friends and families!  

Day 3

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Jamila showing of her freeze pose again | credit: Denis
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Maurine, Morris & I dancing in the sunshine | credit: Jamilla
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my first picture with Sheri!!! | credit: Jamilla
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Benson | credit: Jamilla
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Samuel…man, I love that smile! | credit: Denis
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Holly, Patrick, Gerald, Prossy, Winny & John | credit: Denis

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John. As of today (9/24/16) John still needs a second sponsor!!
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Samuel keeps coming up with talents! Now he’s an airplane… | credit: Jamilla
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Simon Peter.  He’s got a lot of personality hidden behind those calm eyes. | credit: Jamilla
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Mark & Simon Peter | credit: Jamilla

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Mary participating in the water game. See which team can get the most water to their bucket in 5 minutes!
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Brian
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Herbert
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Time to see who won!!

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Francis, Herbert, Steward, Morris and I | credit: ???
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credit: Herbert

Wednesday morning, during the kids’ game time, April and Michelle led the mothers in a session on Christian parenting, which I heard went very well.  This is a huge part of the vision for our Child Development Program, to not only help children in this community, but also the parents, strengthening the Ugandan family as a whole.  If we invest time in teaching the mothers to nurture the hearts of their children and challenge them to provide Biblical discipline at home, we know that there will be longer-lasting impact and we will see entire families seek after Jesus.

Please pray with us about this area of ministry. Because the program is still so new, it’s something we’re still figuring out what this looks like on a regular basis.  We pray for God to raise up men & women who can spend that time mentoring and encouraging our CDP families.  Pray for Christ to fill each home and transform this culture one family at a time!

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As the kids were working on a surprise for their sponsors an intense storm came up out of the blue!  The pounding rain caused everyone gathered for Center Week as well as workers from around AH to seek shelter in the chapel.

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It wasn’t long before the wind blew mist through the building and got everyone wet.  In attempts to keep their belongings dry, everyone tried cramming in Pastor’s office and the supply closet.  Haha it was quite the sight!  Then the lunch bell rang.  Thankfully the rain had slowed down a bit by then.  We all dashed to the kitchen to grab a plate and get back to the chapel asap. Even still, those of us in the very back of the line got caught in another downpour, so we squished about 25 people in that little kitchen and had a grand ol’ time laughing and enjoying the chicken and goat.

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Day 4

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Kevin translated as Mrs. Wanda shared the story of Zacchaeus from Luke 19.
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I love the interactive props she used to tell the story!
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Felix, retelling the story of Zacchaeus
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Blessing
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“…and as the Savior passed that way He looked up in the tree. And he said Zacchaeus, you come down! For I’m going to your house today!”

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Maurine
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I don’t know about you, but I think Patrick and his siblings (see Herbert below) have the greatest smiles!

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Andrew, Franka and her niece, Junior, hiding Denis 😉  & John Bosco

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Rose serving porridge aka nyuka
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Morris & Sunday

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Herbert (covered in letter stickers, in case you were curious what those red dots were ;P )
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Steward
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Prossy

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Denis came crashing down!
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Denis #2 gave it a try!

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Herbert & Junior
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back to the chapel we go!

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Winny & Prossy
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Justine dancing
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Vanesa
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what a mess of boys!
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Patrick, Felix, Peter, Simon Peter, Denis & Samuel

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…and look! now Samuel’s a fighter ;P

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April shared the Bible story about the Samaritan woman at the well from John 4
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Gerald. As of today (9/24/16) Gerald still needs a second sponsor!!

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time for another water game!
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Junior
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Oscar
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Morris
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Morris & Denis
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Sharon

Even the staff played one round!

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Kevin
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Benson

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Holly
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Kris

The missionary kids shared the Gospel using colors, kinda like the Wordless Book…

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The CDP kids were fascinated seeing young people like themselves share about their faith.
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Steven, Ella, Samantha, Avery, Cooper, Mark, Addi, Rachel, Chase & Zoe

The Santuck team brought cards for the kiddos made by the 3rd & 4th grade girls class at their church.  It made them sooooo happy!!

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Angel
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Denis, Stella, John Bosco & Prossy

Day 5

Center Week concluded with a big fun day!  Benson coordinated a football tournament in which ALL the kids played, there was a volleyball game, a celebration meal and music practice.

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John, Francis & Denis
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Sharon

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A big shout out to our faithful cooks who worked tirelessly all week, making porridge, eggs, toast, chapati, tea, posho, rice, cabbage, beans, chicken and goat.
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Jamilla with her goat & rice

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Prossy….Snoop tried to intimidate her by keeping a close watch on her plate lol
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I gave my sweet tween/teen girlies pedicures
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We were the cheerleaders for the volleyball game

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Richard getting ready to sing
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4 thoughts on “September team + CDP center week: days 3-5

  1. I am so very happy to see all the good God is doing over there! It really blesses me to see the fruit of many peoples labor and trust in Jesus. I hope that someday I can be there, experiencing all this first hand ❤ -Faith

  2. Thank you for all the pictures and captions you blog with true insight into what your mission is there in Uganda. Keep blessing the tweens and teens and young ladies. Did Holly come where you are on her mission in July. I was just wondering because I either missed any pictures of her group or she wouldn’t let you take any of her LOL I still pray for you every time I think of your mission during the day, but pray for you each night as I climb into bed……Love you Hannah Ashley!

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