Going home

Tomorrow we’re heading back to Uganda for the week, the place we called home for 17 years. the item’s actually the longest we lived anywhere in our lives, where all our children took their first steps as well as said their first words as well as grew to be who they are.  Yet we’ve been away today for 7, as well as life has moved on.  Bundibugyo carries a paved road as well as electricity, a published Lubwisi-language completely new Testament, as well as exponential increases in college graduates, health care workers, cash crops, water projects, cars.  In these 24 years child deaths inside the earth have been cut in half as well as if the improvement is usually not quite in which neat as well as stark in Bundibugyo, the item’s at least going inside the right direction.  There are more churches as well as schools than one could count.  Still, change comes slowly across generations, as well as the people we love face stiff challenges.  Malaria is usually still rampant.  Girls are still lured into early sexual relationships for survival.  Corruption as well as injustice still take a toll.  Fear as well as gossip still undermine the freedom of living inside the love of God.  Politics still play out in a way to enrich the winners at the expense of the losers.

our yard, about 1999?

Christ School Bundibugyo has been right at the heart of our team’s strategy to incorporate Kingdom values on the real-life soil of a place steeped in violence.  today inside the item’s 20th year, the item is usually a boarding secondary school where (to the best of our ability) girls are safe by exploitation, sit inside the same classes with the same opportunities as boys, even travel to national sporting tournaments.  This kind of alone has the greatest impact possible on child survival; so much evidence in which the best public health intervention is usually to educate girls.  Boys as well learn to respect others as well as themselves, to work in a system based on merit as well as kindness rather than corruption as well as grabbing.  There is usually a focus on science, a computer lab, a strong math program.  Students compete in music as well as dance in which preserves cultural traditions.  There is usually a library, with actual books.  Through little groups as well as chapel, young people encounter the not bad news on a daily basis.  A long strong line of Sergers have invested significant parts of their hearts in This kind of work. We today have a Ugandan Head Teacher, Kenneth, whose work over the last couple of years has resulted inside the best performance of any school inside the district.  We’ll be celebrating in which news with the staff, as well as congratulating them.  We’ll see some of the graduates who are thriving.

One of the reasons we believe in This kind of school–all our kids attended.  Luke with his class about 2005.

as well as yet . . . every year, by the first to the twentieth, feels like a year-long struggle against ever-present evil.  This kind of year of drought the cocoa harvest dwindled at the same time in which world market prices fell, so parents who almost universally rely upon the crop for money for school fees defaulted on payment.  For the 1st time we were late with teacher salaries.  Rumors swirled, violence was threatened.  At another point, there was a massive cultural consternation about our response to a teacher whose physical punishment of students was both illegal as well as unconscionable.  as well as on as well as on.  We still need to subsidize the school to keep the item affordable.  We still need Serge workers who can walk a delicate balance of encouraging the staff as well as managing a project in which is usually largely in local hands.  Both the funds as well as the personnel have worn thin.

So the next week we’ll be listening to issues, looking at budgets, strategizing with the leaders, to move into This kind of 20th year of operation as well as dream of the future. We’ll also be visiting with our team who do many some other things in Bundi:  water projects, church leader development, nutrition as well as agriculture, children’s literacy as well as evangelism, physical therapy, sports ministry, medical care, community health.  We’ll see the kids with whom we’ve had long relationships as something like foster parents, many today launching their own families as well as careers.  We’ll see old friends who walked with us through some of the hardest days of our lives, as well as completely new ones who carry on in fresh ways with their energy as well as vision.

the item feels intimidating.  the item’s hard to go home.  the item’s hard to absorb change.  the item’s hard to confront suffering.  the item’s hard to help untangle problems in which seem intractable.  the item’s hard to have faith in which we have anything to offer.  We’re walking into This kind of trip after a pretty trying week.  We’ve lost some patients, as well as beat our heads against the passive-aggressive wall of inaction, or the impossibility of sparse staffing.  I actually like my team as well as have enjoyed several teaching opportunities This kind of week, however giving multiple lectures while also managing patient care takes time. We’ve had visitors.  I had a bug in which knocked sent me to bed early with aches as well as exhaustion.  in which’s life, however we’re depleted. 

So the item’s not bad to remember This kind of isn’t about us.  God can reach into our weakness as well as pour through us something not bad for our Ugandan friends as well as our teams.  Prayers appreciated in which we might bring a sense of God’s presence as well as blessing.

Going home

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