Tuesday, April 17, 2018

One Person At A Time

Often circumstances are pregnant with opportunity.  Sometimes a lack of preparation results in missing those opportunities.

As a result of growing relationships with many of the staff at International Hospital Kampala, a doctor volunteered to come from Kampala to Jinja on a Saturday and conduct a FREE clinic.  He had become aware of the help Next Generation Ministries (NGM) has provided people with health needs and he wanted to contribute without any recognition or compensation.

A date was set and word got out that my compound would be a site for free consultations, diagnosis, and treatment for children and teenagers.  The day came and so did the kids!  It was exciting to partner with someone who is as gifted as this surgeon ... motivated simply by love and the health welfare of children.

I may have known a few of those who sought our help that day, but for the most part they came because they heard of the opportunity and not because of relationship.   However, out of those circumstance an opportunity presented itself and three years later we are applauding what it has yielded.

This blog is about the individual that came for medical attention but stayed for a relationship.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Making NGM Successful

TEAM NGM - March 2018
Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, famously contended, "we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with."

Although his opinion is normally applied to the business community, it may hold enough truth that it could be applied to nearly any individual in any context.

The Bible seems to indicate we are like or will become like those we spend time with.  One New Testament passage warns, "bad company corrupts good character."  Solomon, in his Book of Wisdom, stated, "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm."

I would like to pause for reflection on the people that I have been spending the most time with.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Love Got Us Here

There was nothing unusual about the journey, except I had never been there before.

Meddie, our driver, was simply following her instructions since he had never been there before either.  We left the main highway and traveled up a road that was very familiar to both of us.  Next Generation Ministries owns some land and a house on the side of the steep hill, upon which rests the palace for the king of the Busoga tribe.

But, instead of turning right as we would normally do, our navigator told us to turn left, and then right, and follow the dirt road farther up the hill, complete with the normal amount of potholes and washed-out gullies. As we gained altitude the road began to narrow and reduce until it was no wider than a well traveled foot path.

Before we started our ascent, a middle aged African man, had joined us when we left the highway.  As we all exited the vehicle, he approached me with a huge smile, began pumping my hand, and thanked me profusely for "all that you did for my wife."

He was fortunate that we were bringing his wife home to him instead of preparing to bury her.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dreams Made Possible

Ddembe Joy ... 14 years of age
The low hanging limb of our shade tree was occupied by more children than I could count.  They laughed.  They giggled.  They looked cautiously at the white guy seated a few feet from them.  They swung back and forth, unconscious of the serious matter being considered.

A young mother sat in the red dust common to Uganda, responding to questions from the government official.  It was a sudden transition from reunion to interview.

Her daughter, Joy, was being assessed.  Did the circumstances warrant approval for Joy to leave her biological family behind to become part of a Children's Home?  Would Joy have the same options to see her dreams come true if she remained with the mother and siblings she loved so much?

Joy's future rested in the judgment of the government's representative.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Coming To America!

Few places are as terrifying to a Ugandan than the United States Embassy.  If you don't work for the Embassy, you are there for your interview after applying for a visa online.  Applicants are dressed to the nines, armed with letters of invitations and references, and strategies to impress the consular they will see.

Fewer than 10% are granted visas.  The commonly heard words are, "I'm sorry.  You don't qualify."

One family and a single male were given visas on January 4, 2018.  On January 8th, Prince Mukisa retrieved his Uganda passport which contained a two year visa to the United States.

This is where you come in.  This is a huge opportunity for you.