A genuine and sincere THANK YOU to everyone that has helped to make our time here possible. We leave Uganda in one week. There is so much that has been accomplished in our short time here. None of it would have been possible without generous contributions from hundreds of people, and many hours of work from hundreds of volunteers. Here is a list of everything PUR International has been able to help organize and oversee since we came in October of 2017:
So many lives have been impacted. We cannot say thank you enough to everyone that has helped to make our time here possible, and to make it possible to be a part of everything that has been accomplished. We are sad to be leaving the many friends we have made here, but we are excited that we will be able to come back to see them soon. PUR International is still planning to host another medical camp here in Uganda in April, and to organize a building project in August.
|It's been a HUGE team effort!|
This month has been another busy one. We started with Andrew being gone at the Christmas Camp soccer tournament with boys from Victor's, and Heidi and the kids at home beginning the process of making the move back to the US.
Andrew had a great time at the soccer tournament with the boys. The team played well, but the competition was very good. They only won one game, but everyone still enjoyed the experience very much. It was great to be a part of making some memories with those boys.
|We got up every morning and did a training session.|
|After training we would do a morning devotion together.|
|We all made some great memories together.|
The Sunday after Andrew returned from the Christmas Camp was spent at another village church handing out more care packages to needy families. These packages were distributed in the village of Kitoola, which is where we plan to build a church in August. The church is pastored by a wonderful man named Peter who lives in the community. They were meeting at a school, but the school's owner will not allow them to meet there anymore. Currently they are meeting in a shelter made of wooden poles and a large orange plastic tarp. The shelter is on the property where the church will be built. This is where we built our very first pit latrine in November of 2017.
|Tanner and Pastor Adam praying for a lady that chose to make|
Jesus Lord of her life during care package delivery
|One of the families that received a package in Kitoola|
|Church Service in Kitoola|
|This is Pastor Peter and his family at their home in Kitoola|
After the Sunday in Kitoola we still had several care packages to distribute to some of our neighbors and to people we know from our church in Mukono that would benefit most. While we did deliver those packages throughout the next week, our minds shifted into "Go Mode". We have spent the last several weeks figuring out what we need to pack, what we need to sell, what we need to give away, and what needs to go into the trash. It's been a huge undertaking, but we have had the right amount of time to do it in. Most of it has gone really smooth, and we have still had time to spend with the people we have been developing relationships with over the past 16 months.
|Delivering a care package at the home of some of our|
good friends Rose and Farouk
|Heidi playing Skip-Bo with children from some of the families|
we have grown close to during our time here.
|This was a birthday celebration for one of the boys that belongs|
to some friends of ours that serve here in Uganda, and are
|We were able to spend some time with Tanner's parents while they were|
here visiting from ND.
It is true that we are very excited to get back to the US. There is a lot that we are looking forward to in our return home. Still, there is a lot here that we will miss. God has been so good to us. He has helped to make our time here productive in so many ways. We thank HIM, and we thank YOU for this opportunity. We know that our family has grown in so many ways as a result of this experience. We pray that the seeds that have been sown will continue to reap a great harvest in our lives and in the lives of everyone that has been impacted as a result of our time here.
Happy New Year, and God Bless You from Uganda!