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S: LIVING ON PURPOSE by Suzy Herbert

BC: T | H | A | N | K | Y | O | U

FC: UGANDA 2 0 1 0 | on purpose | living

1: ALL YOU NEED IN THE WORLD IS | love and laughter. | august wilson

2: Hope Children's Home

4: NEW PERSPECTIVES - JOURNAL ENTRY | Looking Up | WHEN WE FIRST met Robert, who could ever have dreamed his face would hold the joy and freedom that it does in this picture. If you had been there to see the pleading eyes within his strong words, to watch as he showed us his home: a small, filthy shack with one bed that he shared with his four siblings. Tears still fill my eyes as I try desperately to tell you how incredible and miraculous this picture truly is. Robert has always had leadership abounding from him – he cared and provided for his younger siblings for so many years, and his voice holds a regal air with everything he says. This boy is destined for greatness. God used Show Mercy to change Robert's life. Do you see the light of Christ in his eyes? In a world where he didn't know if he would live to see tomorrow, Jesus offered Robert a chance to live forever! And now he can smile, laugh, and dream all because he is looking to the one who holds the future – his future.

6: WHEREVER YOU | GO

7: GO WITH ALL YOUR | HEART

8: NEW PERSPECTIVES - JOURNAL ENTRY | Hands of Christ | HANDS CAN TELL you a lot about a person. Instead of telling you story after story of how the children cling to your hands and long for loving touch – these pictures say it all. We are reminded of Jesus as we hold the hands of children, lay hands on the sick and dying, and pray fervently for miracles. Scripture tells us that “everyone who had anyone sick with some ailment or other brought them to him [Jesus]. One by one he placed his hands on them and healed them” Luke 4:40. As the hands of Christ, we long to reach out and touch those around us and let them know they are loved – not just by us – but by someone who will never leave them, never beat them, and never reject His precious children.

11: reaching out in | love

12: YOU'RE PROBABLY FAMILIAR with the story about Jesus feeding over 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish – well, yesterday our team got to watch God perform a miracle of multiplication! We had asked for 50 orphans to be brought to the church in Kaliti village where a meal would be prepared for them as a way to show God's love to this community (Kaliti is where the Field of Dreams project is underway – this was our first feeding in this area!). As the food was being prepared, more and more children started coming to the church – packing the benches, mats, and lining the windows outside. Our hearts were torn, what were we to do? We couldn't turn them away. | Instead, the team prayed over the food, and asked God to let every child leave the church with a full stomach. The cooks started dishing up the plates – filling them to overflowing! “Smaller portions,” some team members asked, “please!” But the cooks kept piling on the food. As the stack of plates grew smaller, the bowls of food remained full! “Do you see this?!” Some shouted, “God is so good!” Just like Luke describes in the Bible, “they all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over” Luke 9:17. When God performs a miracle, he makes sure the glory goes to Him! We had so much leftover food after every child had been fed that there was no way we could deny He had multiplied the food! What an incredible God we serve!

13: NEW PERSPECTIVES - JOURNAL ENTRY | Food for Thought

14: FOR I WAS HUNGRY AND YOU FED ME I WAS THIRSTY AND YOU GAVE ME A DRINK | | Matthew 25;35

16: I saw what I saw and I can't forget it I heard what I heard and i can't go back I know what I know and I can't deny it something on the road, cut me to the soul your pain has changed me your dream inspires your face a memory your hope a fire your courage asks me what I'm afraid of and what I know of love I say what I say with no hesitation I have what I have but I'm giving it up I do what I do with deep conviction your courage asks me what I am made of and what I know of love and what I know of God

17: I SAW WHAT I SAW | Sara Groves

18: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle." | Plato

19: "The future depends on what you do today." | Mahatma Gandhi

23: FOOD FOR THE BODY IS NOT ENOUGH, THERE MUST BE FOOD FOR THE | Soul | dorothy day

24: TELL ME YOUR | story.

25: Through my camera lens | I saw beauty everywhere ... then again, I was actively looking for it.

26: DURING OUR OUTING to the Nile, several fishermen were casting their nets and pulling the fish onto their boats. As I watched, they only pulled in a few fish at a time – I thought of the familiar scripture passage when Jesus tells Simon Peter to cast the nets again “for a catch” (Luke 5). He did; and not only was the net so full that it was breaking, the boat began to sink! Can you imagine? The fisherman in this picture has a big net—but I wonder if he has ever filled it completely. You know, after Simon caught all those fish, Jesus told him to come with Him. “Don't be afraid,” He encouraged the soon-to-be-disciples, “from now on you will bring in people instead of fish.” I believe that Jesus has called each of us to cast our nets deeper; that He has given every one of us a net that is bigger than we realize—so much so, that our arms cannot hold all the people we will “catch.” As Show Mercy reaches out in love, God continues to fill our nets to overflowing—and he is asking us to come deeper still.... | NEW PERSPECTIVES - JOURNAL ENTRY | Fishers of Men

28: NOT ALL OF US CAN DO | Great things

29: BUT WE CAN DO SMALL THINGS WITH | Great love | mother teresa

30: There is absolutely so much to talk about – I don't know where to begin! Who could have known that my trip would take such an unexpected turn? Yet, I find myself in Nansana, Uganda feeling more at home than I could ever have imagined – and loving every minute of it. I am absolutely thrilled to be experiencing Uganda not just an incredible mission trip. I was originally planning on returning to Oregon on January 25th, but now I will be staying in Uganda until February 10th before coming back. I am staying with the Vargas, a missionary family working with Show Mercy International (SMI) – I got to know the family during the last two weeks with the team as we did various outreaches, projects, hospital and prison visits, and ministered to the orphans at Hope Children's Home. The Vargas have taken me under their wing and affectionately labeled me Daughter #2 (aka: don't feel bad if we put you to work). ;^) Leilani is my age, and seems to be my long-lost sister! We have spent the last couple days catching up on housework: African style. Everything is done by hand, so it takes longer than I’m used to. Laundry is quite the experience; the clothes are washed in tubs, hung to dry, and then ironed (everything has to ironed to make sure that there aren't any insect eggs on them). In any case, I greatly enjoy her company, and the graciousness of the entire Varga family. It is obvious that God had my extra-long stay planned long before the thought even crossed my mind | As I sit here, with a fan blowing full-speed in my face, I feel an enormous amount of peace. Which, considering the long list of things to do when I get home and the general sweatiness of my “clean” clothes, is nothing short of amazing. God has been proving Himself in many ways along my African journey sometimes in extravagant miracles: I watched food multiply in Kaliti Village where the SMI team was having a feeding. Enough food for 50 children had been prepared, but over 200 showed up at the church! The bowls never ran out, and even after every child and adult had eaten, there were abundant leftovers! That is the power of Christ at work! Sometimes, God proves Himself by showering me with peace giving me the right words to say prompting my heart to ask a stranger if they would like to be “born again” and offering love that I can share with His precious children. Sometimes, like now, God's power isn't seen as much as felt – He is sitting next to me and promising that He will walk before me, save me in my time of need, and guide me to where I will shine the brightest for Him. Still, as exciting as this is – I am sure that the best is yet to come!

31: TELL ME A STORY - JOURNAL ENTRY | Peace

34: HOME SWEET HOME | T.I.A.

35: ALL JOURNEYS HAVE DESTINATIONS OF WHICH THE TRAVELER IS | Unaware | martin buber

36: PLAYING THE TOURIST

37: Celebrating at Fang Fang's Chinese Restaurant in Kampala!

39: YOU FILL MY HEART WITH | Joy

40: peace

41: "One's destination is not a place, but a new way of seeing things." | Henry Miller

42: PETER PAINTER | You are my inspiration. Thank you.

44: I was thinking today about Uganda -- how it's referred to as "The Pearl of Africa." And that is absolutely true. You know how a pearl is made, don't you? An oyster gets a grain of sand stuck in its soft belly and it rolls that miniscule piece of sand around and around, coating it all the while, to keep it from hurting. The longer that oyster has to sit there, with that nagging sand under its skin -- the bigger the pearl gets. Uganda has been under attack for decades, centuries even! Satan has been killing, stealing, and destroying this land -- but God is coating all of that hurt and all of that injustice ... He is going to turn Uganda into a gleaming pearl ... ...into a beacon of hope. A testimony to the Power of Christ, which allows us to OVERCOME! Yes. Uganda is the Pearl of Africa... It just hasn't been completely finished yet.

45: TELL ME A STORY - JOURNAL ENTRY | Unfinished

46: I LONG TO BE A VOICE FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT | Be heard

47: AND A LISTENER FOR ALL THOSE WITH | Something to say.

49: YOU NEVER KNOW HOW STRONG YOU ARE, UNTIL BEING STRONG IS THE | only choice you have.

50: This isn't what I pictured This isn't what I planned -- And yet you've let me know That I am in Your hands. So what exactly, then, Is my purpose in this place? I feel my dreams escaping With every step I take. Still, while that knowledge haunts me, I'm overcome with peace. As if, that dream -- perhaps -- Was not quite meant for me. That's troubling, in theory, But freeing, truth be told! My once uncertain journey Now begs me to be bold. It's not about the suffering, It's not about the pain. It's not even for the grievances Which long have gone unreigned. No. God's future for these people -- His chosen hands & feet -- Is more than you or I Could even dare to dream. | His angels have been working, I see them everywhere -- They don't know all that's coming, But just bet they stand prepared. See, God's been slowly breaking Through the walls around this place, The darkness here is fading -- Satan hasn't long to stay. Lord, in the name of all that's Holy, In the name of all that's True -- Lord, in YOUR precious name, We claim this land for you. We vow to train up leaders, Who'll speak both far and near -- We vow to raise up doctors, Who'll calm unneeded fear. We vow to be a people Who long to walk with you. An example to the nations Of what your love can do.

51: TELL ME A STORY - JOURNAL ENTRY | Purpose

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