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MHA Students Witness Joy in Uganda »
Students, faculty, and sponsors returned from Uganda on March 12, exhausted but beaming, with stories of the miracles witnessed by the 38 missionaries who impacted the lives of the refugee population in Kiryandongo District, Uganda. The lives of these missionaries were also profoundly affected.
If you ask Mr. Russell Palmer, trip sponsor, he will tell you the miracle was that such a few people were able to provide Vacation Bible School programs for more than 700 kids each day, provide medical care for more than 500 who came for help, deliver sports classes for more than 500 kids who came each day to participate, complete the building of a church and a basketball court, and put in place the materials for a three-room school.
If you ask the students, they mention over and over how much joy they saw in the children. How, even through the sorrow of losing everything, these children are happy with anything. Every student said the same thing. They saw happiness where they would have expected sadness.
Sixth grader, Andrea, said it best, “They are grateful for what they have because they lost everything and now they see the value in anything.”
Another sixth grader, Boomer, said, “I saw God there. They have enough. Just enough, but enough.”
The wisdom that these students gained through seeing other children in different circumstances, is something that will last a lifetime. They went to bless and they were blessed.
-- Agape Hammond; photo by Tim Freccia