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.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

52 Years of Friendship

50 Years of Marriage - June 15, 2018
I was much younger then.  Just a kid really.  Standing at one end of a gymnasium with my roommate in my second year at a small Midwestern college.  Assessing the first year female students when I leaned my head in the direction of Dale and mutter, "See that blond girl over there?  In the purple pants?  I'm going to date her this year."

Arrogant.  Okay, minimally cocky.  Presumptuous. Young.  Just a boy really.

There was no thought of a budding relationship that would grow and develop into a half century of covenant that would be the most important human relationship of my life.

Her name was Pamela Jean Wilson.  From Dixon, Illinois.  Petite.  Cute. A bit aloof.  With a boyfriend back home.

But, just like Adam had with Eve all those years ago, I had that same "Wow!" attraction that would motivate me to climb any mountain, swim any sea, overcome any opposition, and remove any obstacle so that Pam and Paul would become an item.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Joy Of Being a Bit Player

Human beings are story-driven.

Millions of short stories are unfolding right now all over the world.  Occasionally one of the stories revolve around you or me.  More often than not we are discovering the elation or sadness that erupts with one of those stories that happens with someone else.

And ... once in a while, we may be called on to be a "bit player" in someone else's dynamic story.

BIT PLAYER:   a person with a very small acting role with few lines to speak ... a person or thing with a very small part in something

Nearly five year ago, I had the privilege to be called on to be a pit player in a story that now moves me in more ways than I can express.

I'll let the principle character recount a life paragraph from her story ... here ... in her own words.