|"The Lion of Judah"|
My strength and my shield.
My ever present help in time of need.
What are we (PUR International) doing in Uganda? What is our purpose? What is our goal? The defining verse for our organization comes from James 1:27a that says, "Pure and Undefiled Religion is to care for orphans and widows in their time of need." That is what PUR stands for. That is our goal. In all of the projects/plans that we have, that goal is in our mind. We are seeking to do that through the fundraiser campaigns on our website, and through the projects/volunteer opportunities that we have here in Uganda.
Overall, we have been amazed at how well things have gone. In less than 4 months we were able to fund the building of a chicken house that now houses over 2,000 chickens, start two large vegetable gardens, install a greenhouse for tomatoes and peppers, and host a team that was able to build desks for the school and a pit latrine for a village church. We have become part of a community in which we are able to employ several people, be involved with the church through Bible teaching, be involved at the school through soccer coaching, and begin building relationships in which we can share the Love that God has given us. We have also hosted 2 wonderful interns that are having the experience of a lifetime living and serving along side of our family.
|A picture showing a small section of the garden|
with the greenhouse in the background. We have
most of the garden planted and mulched. We will
be getting the greenhouse ready for planting next week.
|Our interns Tanner and Shelby working with Cyprian and Emma|
our Garden Manager and Assistant Manager. Here they are working
on the bed where we have been raising seedlings. You can't go to
Wal-Mart and pick them up here in Uganda.
We made it through our first 4 months here with very little opposition. This last month however, has brought with it some challenges we did not expect. During the second week of February someone crawled under the fence we have around the garden, they cut a hole in the side of the greenhouse, and stole a bunch of our garden equipment that we had inside. The third week in February we began preparations for the arrival of 3 of our partners from North Dakota who were coming during the last week of February to plant 50 acres of maize (corn). As we began moving forward with that plan in mind, we found that our plan did not match the plan that True Vine had. This caused some disappointment and disagreement on both sides of the partnership. The men from ND still came, and we worked through some the issues between us and True Vine, but we were not able to accomplish what we had hoped to accomplish.
Over the past few weeks we have learned many things about True Vine that we did not know before. Several of those things were negative. We have lost a lot of trust in our relationship with them. So what do we do with that? Do we stop working with them and try to do our own thing? Do we find someone else to work with? As we have searched for the answers to those questions, we have been lead back to our purpose and our goal, James 1:27a. No ministry, organization, or outreach program is perfect because they are run by people. We are not here to do our own thing. We want to help established organizations that are already helping people. We want to help them gain the potential to help even more people. The bottom line is that no matter what issues True Vine has, they are helping people. We are called as Christians to Love God and Love People. God is perfect, but people are not. God does not give up on us, and we should not give up on others. We need to be wise, but we also need to be gracious and merciful.
We have partnered with True Vine because of the potential that they have to minister to the needs of people here in Uganda. Since we have been here we have seen and experienced that, and that is why we are here. We would like to introduce you to some of the amazing people that we have been Blessed to be in relationship with through our involvement here in Uganda:
There are many reasons we are here, and it is not up to know them all. We are called to just be obedient to the tasks that we are given. The things we are doing here we could do anywhere in the world, with any organization. Here is where we are now, and we will do the most we can with what we have been given. We thank God every day for the opportunity to be here, recognizing that our call is to Love God and Love people no matter where we are. Every day we are faced with new experiences and new challenges. Every day we are stretched in new ways. These "new" things are not always comfortable, but they are always good for us when we have the desire to learn from them. We pray to God each day to help us to keep that attitude, and to help us see things from His perspective.
|We put up a couple of volleyball nets (wires) at the school. The kids|
love them, and the staff does too. There is someone playing on them
whenever classes are not in session, rain or shine.
|Tanner got the chance to test out his Boda-boda skills.|
It was just a great picture I had to include.
Again, thank you all for continuing to follow our adventure, and for supporting us in whatever way you can. We want to bring as many of you along with us as we can. Please feel free to interact with us from your side too. We send these things out into the internet hoping that we connect with you, but we also appreciate when you respond and connect with us. The interaction is really good for us. We are so far away from our friends and family, and we miss you guys. We will stay in touch. We appreciate your prayers. We Love You! Till next time.