It has been 2 weeks since I returned home from Uganda. What a fantastic time it was!
We landed at almost midnight on Friday- Aug 14th. Bea and I were hoping we would have a ride to take us to our hotel. We walked through the airport at Entebbe and into the dark night and there found a smiling face holding a sign with our names! Patrick is one of the amazing employees at Kampala Children’s Centre (KCC). He drove us around a lot in the 10 days we were in Uganda! I was SO glad that I did not have to drive and that he was such a competent driver. The driving is crazier than here in Belgium- which is crazier than Canada…those are my comparisons 🙂
When Patrick dropped us off at our hotel on Friday evening he said he would be back to pick us up on Monday morning. He figured we could use the 2 days to relax and hang out at the hotel. Both Bea and I felt a little restless with this idea- 2 days at the hotel- we thought we might go a little stir-crazy! So we asked if we might be able to go to church on Sunday.
We were able to go to Destiny Bridge church on Sunday. We got there at just before 10am- they were just finishing up their Bible study. Then the service started- with some amazing worship. I wish I could describe it all to you in detail- but it may not be as interesting to read as it was to be there!! You’ll have to take my word for it- it was pretty amazing. A little different than our usual Vineyard morning meeting- but a good different! I think we arrived back at our hotel by 2pm.
Monday we FINALLY arrived at KCC around 3pm after spending most of the morning buying water and exchanging money. We were SO ready to see the centre and meet the children. We received a very warm welcome. The campus is AMAZING!! It is like a resort. Arnold Muwonge- the founder of KCC- says the vision of KCC is “giving the best to the least”. You can walk around the centre and see that this is truly what they are doing!! Giving the best to the least. The houses, the landscaping, the school buildings, the quality of staff and on and on- it is the best!
During our week there we had the opportunity to spend some fun time with the children- playing games, singing, reading and just being together making some new and very cute friends!! We met the children and house mother that live in Vineyard House (so named because Vineyard Brussels sponsors it). Bea and I were able to help in the health clinic- we helped organize the children’s health charts. We met the Vice-President of Uganda as well as the Minister of Education, Science & Technology. We were a part of the leadership conference for pastors and leaders of churches all around Uganda.
The main reason for the timing of our trip was the 10 year celebration of KCC. It was SO good to be able to celebrate with everyone that has poured themselves into this place over the last 10 years! So good to be able to give God all the glory for what He has done in and through people!
One of the things that Arnold said in one of his talks that I was really struck by was this:
If you want to transform a nation- Love it.
If you want to transform a community- Love it.
If you want to transform a person- Love them.
Let us love the places and people that God has put around us! That we may see the transformation that the LOVE of God brings!!
I do not know when I will be back in Uganda- but there is a sense that this was just the beginning of a very sweet relationship- planned by God. But what His intent in all of this is is still unknown to me 🙂
I will continue to have a YES in my heart to whatever He asks me to do!
With great thankfulness and a full heart,