She welcomed me back just as I’d left her.
Her warm scent spun its way through my hair and wove through my clothing–drawing me back into her arms. Evoking a simple surrender that, my second time around, was much easier to give.
She’s the type that makes you feel like she’s known you for years and has been waiting for you to return. It’s odd to admit I’ve only met her once before. But who’s counting? If you’ve met her once, you hold a piece of her forever. She’s generous like that.
Sweet Uganda. With her red dirt roads and lush green adornments. With her warm, soft winds and clouded skies. With her busy cities and silent countrysides. With her howling pets and whizzing bodas. Sweet Uganda has never met a stranger, and I was happy to find my way back into her embrace.
Blessed is a better word. Blessed I was offered the opportunity to visit a little over one year ago. Blessed to have met Dru and Asher Collie. Blessed to have seen God move through Sole Hope as Sole Hope moved through Uganda, faithfully seeking resolution to a seemingly insurmountable plight. Blessed to have been asked to return.
And not simply to return as pair of eyes, but to return as a voice. A voice for a solvable issue. A voice for a team of solvers. A voice for harsh reality and perspective-inspiring truth. A voice to educate, encourage and enlighten. A voice for the messy and broken and beautiful. A voice of hope. Because where struggle reigns, hope ALWAYS rises.
I look forward to sharing this journey with you through the next week. It’s my prayer that my crazy, wild words will paint a picture of a problem, reveal to you how aid is being provided, and inspire you to contribute as you can. It’s my prayer that you will follow, share and pray. Everyone can play a part in bringing attention to the work of God’s faithful servants for the needs of God’s hurting children. Will you join me in this journey?
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“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” –John 13:14-17