{Our Trip to Uganda}

Monday, March 12, 2012

We finally made it back to Dallas! Our time in Uganda was truly incredible. I wish there was a way to sit down with each one of you and share stories of the amazing things we saw and experienced there.


We'd tell you about the couple who biked over 50 miles to attend our leadership conference in Arua.



And about the new life former LRA child soldiers are now experiencing at WM's trade school in Pader.


We'd also tell you about Jessica, a young mom with Polio who carried her 2 yr old son Daniel on her back as she crawled around on her hands and knees.



We'd tell you about the women & children working at the rock quarry who chip stone for 60 cents per day.



And about the women who sacrificially prepared our meals, making sure tea was always ready at 10am.



We'd tell you about all of these stories and the many other things the Ugandan people taught us ...



Like how to laugh.



How to eat with our hands.



How to dance.



How to appreciate rhythm.



How to be a family.

How to work hard.



How to trust God for daily provision.

How to persevere.



How to rely on each other.



How to endure.



How to value education.



How to welcome.



How to forgive.



How to rest.



How to value a second chance.



How to be patient.



How to learn.



How to trust.



How to embrace.



How to be grateful.



And how to survive.



All of these stories and faces are still burned in the hearts and minds of our team. Tim and I were so grateful to have traveled with Linda Barry, Aaron Graft, David Howard, Mauri Tardy, Meredith Hall, Scott Whitaker, and Lisa Rickets, all of whom are top notch leaders.



We were also encouraged to see firsthand all of the work ALARM is doing in Africa. Lives are truly being changed as a result of the reconciliation and restoration taking place between different tribes in Uganda.



A special thanks to all of you for remembering to keep us in your thoughts and prayers while we were away! Although we deeply miss being in Africa it's been equally as sweet to be home. Now we're met with the task of applying everything we learned overseas in our own backyard in Dallas.

Mungo ne onyero,
Em & Tim

PS, several of you have emailed asking if we got to meet our sponsored boy, Moses. Unfortunately, we didn't but we're still keeping our fingers crossed that one day we will!

33 comments:

Scout said...

I'm so glad that you guys are back! But I'm sorry for you that you couldn't stay longer. These pictures are absolutely beautiful, and I wish I could hear the full stories behind all of them!

Han said...

Looks like you had such an amazing time. You were in y thoughts the other day when twitter was going made talking about Kony. Any time someone mentioned Uganda a little prayer went up to make sure you guys were safe and sound (even in the busy times at work it was just like a dear Lord look after Em Tim and their team thank you Amen!)

Glad to see you had a great time lovelies. Hope your stop over in London wasn't too awkward.

codi.susanne said...

Beautiful photos! So glad ya'll are back safe, can't wait to hear more about how you're experience will affect your day-to-day!! Looking forward to learning from ya'll!

Hannah DeVries said...

Amazing pictures! What a life changing experience.

Brooke said...

Such amazing pictures!

Beautiful, sweet faces. The photo of Jessica broke my heart just a little, but what spirit she must have.

So awesome to see a part of your experience.

Diet Coke and a Lemon said...

They are beautiful.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wow - this must have been such an amazing experience. Makes me want to get involved!! I’ve been visiting other blogs lately and have been amazed at all the writing talent in the world. May I follow your blog? Feel free to follow mine as well and keep up the great work!

Darby said...

Ahhh... so awesome!! And such incredible pictures!! I loved them all, each one told it's own story!! Love y'all and I'm so thankful for such an awesome experience for you both!!! Welcome home!!!

Sierra said...

This makes me miss Kenya so much.
Love these pictures--looks like you had a wonderful time.

ruthy ann said...

wow...these pictures brought me to tears. I love the story you've told...can't wait to hear more.

Brad, Amy, Bes and Mae said...

Wow.
*tears*

Em said...

So glad to see you guys made it there and back safely. Takes me back to my trip to Africa and how deeply I crave being there. Beautiful post.

La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life said...

There is just nothing like Africa. Hope God uses it to stir you in the very best of ways.

sarahjshea said...

Your pictures brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful story.

Sarbear said...

Thank you for sharing your experiences through your photos and words. Your travels appear to be life-changing in some wonderful ways.

Kristina said...

Welcome back! It looks like you had an amazing week in Uganda. Thanks for sharing bits and pieces of your experiences through those wonderful pictures.

meatbagz said...

How absolutely AMAZING!!! the photos alone made me tear up and feel inspired. we're so glad you're home safe and sound, and we're so glad you had the opportunity to have such a wonderful experience (and share it with us)!!! welcome home, guys!

dhhargrove said...

such beauty. thank you.

Jenna said...

I'm sitting at work (I'm an American living in South Africa) with tears steaming down my face - this is so so so beautiful and touching.

I'm off to Rwanda next month - can't wait!

xxx
Jenna

Heather The Great said...

Glad you are home safe. These photos touched our hearts and made me want to do more.

Praying as your hearts adjust to being home and for the parts of you left behind. Praying for the lives you touched and for what God will do with this trip-both in your lives and those you ministered too.

Much blessings on you both.
Thank you for sharing with us.

Abbigayle said...

Fist pumps to your whole team! Those beautiful pictures make my heart want to go to Africa even more than usual!
You guys seriously rock. Jesus is doing cool stuff through you.

Even more fist pumps,
Abbigayle A., NC

Carol said...

Your pictures are truly beautiful, and I look forward to reading more of your stories!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Glad you are home safe and inspired! SF Fan!

Lindsay said...

Touching, beautiful photos. Pictures worth a MILLION words. well done! So glad you can bring your experiences back to your followers.

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Tears tears tears! What an amazing, beautiful and life changing experience! Thanks for sharing :-)

Robyn said...

sounds you lived every short moment in uganda to the fullest and I'm sure you will now work on gettng back there for longer. great photos that tell stories in each one

Brooke said...

Awesome, awesome post and images Em. So glad the trip was good and you guys got home safe. xo

Erica said...

So glad you guys had a great time! I spent a lot of time in Africa and Haiti in the past and the sweet faces on your post are making my heart miss those kiddos immensely. Cannot wait to hear more of your trip!!

Kristen said...

How awesome! So glad you enjoyed your time there! I've been to South Africa and Zimbabwe...such a wonderful experience.

I was wondering...did you all come across any of the Kony 2012 frenzie there?

Tina Jett said...

Great photos! They truly capture the color and inherent beauty of the place. The faces are wonderful. Kudos for your efforts!

Liz said...

So I ran across this blog a couple days ago and got so excited you guys were in Uganda. And now to see the pictures and what you learned was so exciting! My heart and passion is in Uganda, and I spent last summer over there. I am so glad you guys got to see the "true beauty" of Africa and the enormous amount of love and joy the people over there have! You guys are amazing role models as well!

Elle said...

So glad you made it back safely! Thank you for sharing what the Lord is doing over there and also what He's doing in y'alls lives. What an encouragement you both are!

meme-and-he said...

so glad it was such a wonderful trip! Your photos are gorgeous, and I am sure the stories are incredible.

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