This summer’s New Hope Uganda team of seventeen people was extremely eclectic. We had school teachers, nurses, military members, stay-at-home moms, a civil engineer, a dietitian, and a handful of teenagers. It was fun to see how God lined up people’s experiences and training to bless and encourage the children and staff of New Hope Uganda.

Upon arriving in Uganda, we divided the team into two groups. One traveled to Kobwin Children’s Center where they surveyed for a massive water project, taught public health in the school, taught CPR to the staff, and spent lots of quality time with the children. The other went to Kasana Children’s Center where they painted buildings, helped the special needs program, conducted remedial tutoring, taught public health, worked in the office, reorganized the library, and developed relationships. We all worked hard and were thrilled with the amount we were able to accomplish! Our trip ended with an incredible safari at Murchison Falls National Park.

Throughout our time in Uganda, mornings were filled with reading the Word together, and evenings were spent debriefing and processing events from the day. It was in those times that team members wrestled with their experiences – taking difficult issues to the Lord in prayer and allowing Him to reorient aspects of their worldview. Along with the work we did and the relationships we developed, one of the most rewarding things was seeing God at work in the hearts of one another.

It’s exciting to see MSC’s partnership with New Hope becoming stronger and more impactful for the Kingdom of God.