Africa Report Part 3

The day I started writing this post,  I took my last malaria pill, you have to take them for 7 days after returning from a malaria area.

I’ve been writing a daily  journal with some pics using my new Day One app. If you’re interested in more of the “behind the scenes” details and a day by day recount of my trip,  you can download my Africa Missions Journal here. It’s a little more personal than what I’ve posted on the blog.

Sunrise in Kampala, Uganda

Sunrise in Kampala, Uganda

This post features photo and video highlights from the trip, Part 3.

Read my other blog posts from Africa about our Dental Clinics  [Part 1] and worshiping with The Church Under The Tree [Part 2].

Ministry at Divine Grace Primary School and Leaders Meeting

Worship & Teaching at Divine Grace

Worship & Teaching at Divine Grace

Like many missions trips, this one was hard to capture in words. Words like “amazing” and “high impact” are inadequate. We served widows and orphans, we taught and made disciples, we encouraged and were encouraged, we gave generously and received far more than we gave.

The work of Divine Care is huge and impacts about 1500 people. It was an honor and inspiring to serve with the team from HFUMC alongside Peter and Phoebe Sozi.

VIDEO: Praise and Worship at Divine Grace Primary School, Uganda

This video is the kids singing for morning devotionals. Truly an awesome experience !

Radio Interview in Kampala

I experienced the people in Uganda to be very warm and hospitable. It was a joy to be interviewed on radio and TV.

Radio interview with PowerFM, Uganda

I had great fun visiting PowerFM in Uganda and chatting about worship with Ronnie and Emilia! They are such cool people.

During the interview I introduced a song I had just started writing in Uganda. “Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord”

[Video] Radio debut of “Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord”

 

Malaria is the #1 Killer

I had this riveting conversation on the street. It’s been on my mind ever since.

This is Wycliff. His 4 year old son just died from malaria.

This is Wycliff. His 4 year old son just died from malaria.

I started talking with a very pleasant man named Wycliffe. He worked for the government as a civil servant – a physical planner, an engineer. His only child, a four year old son, had just died 3 weeks ago from malaria. They caught it too late.

So very sad. He said he was a Christian and his faith in God was solid.

Malaria is the #1 killer in Uganda (it used to be AIDS but God healed the nation of that!). He said they need more education and resources for how to protect themselves from it.

This is Agnus

This is Agnus. Her father died, her mother is a widow, she is the youngest of 11 children. one of the many kids who need sponsors. She has one now.

This is Agnus. Her father died, her mother is a widow, she is the youngest of 11 children. one of the many kids who need sponsors. She has one now.

The story of Agnus is similar to many of the 1200 students in Divine Care ministries. Her father died, her mother is a widow, she is the youngest of 11 children. In the States she might be considered a “special needs” student.

I saw a lot of kids who needed shoes.

I asked Peter,  how many of the students have sponsors?

“About 300.”

How many need sponsorship?

“All of them.”

Agnus was one of the many kids who needed a  family to sponsor her.

She has one now.

TV Interview

We were featured on a TV special edition in Kampala.

We were featured on a TV special edition in Kampala.

Pastor Don and I were interviewed for an hour long TV show. He preached, I sang and talked a bit. It was awesome.

Investing In Uganda

Quality instruments are difficult to get. When there is a need, I’ll bring a guitar leave and it if possible.

Guitar Donation

Phoebe and Peter Sozi / Guitar Donation

The places I go in the world, the needs are compelling.

Of course we can’t do everything, but everybody can do something.

I’m grateful for our friends who help send us to make disciples.

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2 thoughts on “Africa Report Part 3

  1. Rob, your blog is great. Even though I was in Uganda with you, I didn’t get to experience the TV and Radio interviews and your premier performance of “Everything that Has Breath Praise the Lord”. You were awesome! The trip was awesome! This help me relieve it a bit. Thanks for being a key player on the team. Praise the Lord. Ameena!! MC