Monday, October 8, 2018

The Jimmy Foundation

Jimmy Kiwanuka - October 8, 2018
In 2007 Jimmy Kiwanuka was interviewed by the United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda in response to his application for a visa.  Well aware that getting a visa to the United States from Uganda is nearly impossible, I wanted my friend and pastor, along with two others, to come and pay a visit to all of their friends who had come to Uganda on short term mission teams. Our friends, Abdu Wasswa and Robert Sityo, were denied on the same day, same visit.

As is commonly said here in Uganda, "It takes God to get a visa to America!"

Jimmy received his visa and so it was that I became Jimmy's host, chauffeur, waiter, and provider.  America was more than he had ever imagined.  The first thing he noticed was that all the vehicles on the road stayed in their lanes without attempting to create new lanes when traffic jammed.

When I took Jimmy to a modern hospital in Olathe, Kansas, he looked in one patient room after another and simply shook his head.  He told me, "no one should die in America."

Which brings me to reason for this blog.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Another ONE STEP Is Being Taken

Just one short of a dozen.  Yeah.   Just eleven.  Perhaps not enough for some to bother with.

Not that many, really.  But ... this is a movement that strives to see just one person at a time.

Our part, in a global movement that embraces history since the beginning of time, may be a small part, but it is no less significant.

Meander through the New Testament and discover how frequently you will find the words "one of these." 

People matter.  Not just the crowds, but each person.  So many are forgotten, rejected, abandoned, neglected.  The One Step Course treasures each one of these 11.

For the next 12 weeks ... 84 days ... we will be taking One Step with eleven young adults who have retained their freedom, but surrendered their independence in pursuit of knowing and following Jesus.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Rebecca's Road Trip

"I never knew someone would care about what I would want to do and do it with me like this, " she said.

The vehicle had been loaded in the dark.  The day held a lot of promise, but also a lot of questions with some potential answers that could change the course of her life.  There was no way her family would allow her to make the journey without them.  This was HER road trip.  This was her time.  This was her adventure.  But, we were also her family and it was imperative that she knew and believed her life and future were priority to us.

Let the adventure continue.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Bringing Love to Children ... One At A Time

Her response was an emphatic, "I L.O.V.E. my job!"  I had just returned to Uganda a few days earlier and this young lady was collecting and transporting children back to their final term of school after their last break of the year.  I looked over the seat and leaned back to ask, "So, Melody, how do you like your job?"

Six months ago it was obvious that Next Generation Ministries desperately needed help in coordinating the educational sponsorship program.  When Paul and Pam Hunter came to Uganda back in 2005, they avoided starting any student sponsorship program.  There were many such programs surrounding them and they wanted to focus on relationships and not projects.  However, as short term missionaries were hosted by the Hunters, some of them fell in love with very poor and vulnerable children who had no possibility of attending school.  There was no one helping them get an education, so they inquired about paying their school fees.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Another "One Person"

Five years ago Pam and I met a young 19 year old orphan who was working at a small electronics shop in Kampala, Uganda.  Little did we know that she would become bigger than a big part of our lives.

Today we celebrate Rebecca Hunter who we are privileged to know and call our daughter.  She has been a college student in the United States for the past four years.  She has a passion to qualify as a medical profession and return to her nation of Uganda and serve her people there.

This fall Rebecca will be enrolled at Portland States University with a major in Biology. This past June 15, 2018, Rebecca graduated with TWO associate degrees from Clackamas Community College.  It was a HUGE event in her life, but she made a low profile of it because graduation day fell on the same day as our 50th Wedding Anniversary ... unfortunately.

We are very proud of Rebecca and once again are humbled by the opportunity the Lord has given us to Change Uganda One Person At a Time.  Rebecca's life will never be the same ... not because of her parents, Paul & Pam, but because of God's love, goodness, and grace in her life.

Celebrate with us as we celebrate the life changing power of Jesus Christ as He connects with and directs one person at a time.