Today the team divided into two groups because the Compassion children are coming today. For those of you who are not familiar with the ministry of Compassion International: they are a child sponsorship organization that partners with local churches in 3rd world countries. Several of the team members sponsor a child in Uganda and Compassion is bringing them to us today. The rest of the team will go to Hope to finish the wall paintings and set up a carnival for the Hope kids and the Compassion children that afternoon.
The carnival consisted of many games for prizes and several craft booths. It was a blast! The kids played soccer, ring-toss, we have them gifts and they were so excited. It was so much fun to play with these kids, and I think Hope Children’s Village was so appropriately named because hope is exactly what you see on the faces of these children and everyone who visits Hope.
CDI has been an enormous part of this trip and all of Hope Missions International’s efforts in Uganda. So, it was only fitting that our last meal in Soroti was shared with them. Simon, the chairman of CDI gave an encouraging speech to the team that gave us so much joy and satisfaction as we noticed that the little things we had done meant so much to these people. We had made a difference, but not of ourselves! It was by the power of God! Simon blessed us and sent us with a charge and commission to remember this time, to be disciples and share the mission and ministry in Uganda!
The goals of CDI are big, that is why we place them in the hands of the one who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think. But that doesn’t mean we will do nothing. We will continue to serve and fight on the front lines for our King until we die. He is our prize. He will provide and do more than we could expect or imagine in the country of Uganda.
Simon closed with these verses:
And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.
–2 Samuel 2:6
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: the LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Our work has made a difference, now comes the real work as we head home to encourage others to get involved!