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FC: "Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them,for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14

1: Missions Trip to Uganda, Africa Kids Around the World and ACSI June 17-27. 2011

2: We arrived at our hotel in Kampala, Uganda at midnight. We were greeted by this giant bug and enjoyed a nice night in our mosquito nets.

3: Day 3 we went to church in Kampala. The service was 4 hours long and very lively! | That night we stayed in Emmaus House in Kampala

5: Day 4 was teacher training in Kampala. While the teachers had their training sessions, Allison, Lauryn, and I relaxed, chased lizards, played with a baby, and picked up the giant snail we found.

7: After the teacher training, we took a 3 hour bus ride to Masaka. We stopped at the Equator and watched the coriolis effect.

8: That night we got to our hotel room in Masaka. Me and Allison's room became known as the zoo. The first night we had two lizards in our room, and we found several others throughout the week. We also had a rat on our porch, a giant moth, and huge "vorkodactyls" outside our window. These huge birds looked like a cross between a vulture, stork, and pterodactyl.

9: Day 5 | The next day was our first day building the playground at Hope Christian School. This is their old playground and the place we started building.

10: We got a lot of work done the first day! The teachers would help us throughout the day. One of the teachers named Innocent put all the men in our group to shame. They were very helpful and thankful that we were there.

11: Our team was a lot of fun. Allison, Lauryn, and I were the only teens, but we enjoyed spending time with the adults too. This is a picture of me and Wendy . The guy pretending to hit us with a monkey bar is Tim...and the other guy in the back is Mohammad, our bus driver.

12: We loved the kids!

16: The next day we did a lot of painting. | Maria and Jan painting the railing together

17: Allison and I visited some of the classrooms and made gospel bracelets with the kids and Painter. The were so excited about the gospel! Some of the kids even fasted during their lunch and prayed for the school. It was such a cool experience.

18: Amina was the leader of the fast and worship time. She was raised as a Muslim and orphaned at a young age. She started attending Hope where she became a Christian. Now she is a great leader at her school. I enjoyed getting to know her and spending time with her. She was such a sweet girl!

19: One of the teachers showed us around the school. We got to see all the classrooms, the kitchen, the library, and the rooms for the orphans. They were so thankful for what they had even though it wasn't very much. The orphans only had their bunk and one suitcase for clothes, but they were still thankful for what they had.

20: The next day we had a "fun day" at Lake Mburo. It was so cool to see all the different animals in their natural habitat! We saw zebras, warthogs, hippos, monkeys, birds, alligators, and water buffalo. | Mohammad drove us in his bus through the park. Bus rides were always fun because it was so bumpy and there were people everywhere! I thought we were going to get in an accident but we were safe. We thought it was very appropriate that the license plate said good luck.

23: The two pictures on the left are a true Ugandan toilet...a hole in the ground. I decided I didn't need to go to the bathroom that day. We got to eat in the shelter by the Lake. I wasn't brave enough to try the fish they put in front of me, but the fries were great! After our meal, we got on a little boat and took a tour of Lake Mburo. It was so pretty and we got to see tons of hippos and other animals.

26: The next day we got to visit Hope Secondary School. The pictures below are of Deb Mogle and Mr. Grass in one of the class rooms. The middle picture is their science cabinet. They were so proud of their school. It was fun to talk to the older kids and see what they wanted to do later in life.

27: Many of the kids stayed in these rooms at the school. The top picture is Grace. She was the...of Hope Secondary School. Below are two of the girls I met from the school.

28: When we got the Hope Christian School for the opening of the playground, all the kids were gathered at the gate singing to greet us. They had a special ceremony to thank us for coming and open the playground. The kids sang and danced for us. When we finally opened the playground, all the kids rushed for it at once. It was so exciting to see all our hard work pay off. Everywhere we went there were smiling kids and people thanking us for being there. It was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

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