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Uganda is really growing on me! It’s so much different than Kenya. It’s really green everywhere, with leafy trees and dense jungle. Oh, and it’s humid too, something I’m not a big fan of. Nonetheless, the country really is beautiful, and its people are very welcoming.

My last couple of days there were spent in the Ssese Islands – Bugala Island to be exact.

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After a 3.5 hour boat ride from Entebbe, we disembarked and immediately drove to visit a young woman. Our Ugandan personnel heard of her after it was reported she was sleeping outside in the jungle with her 5 children. A generous donor came to the rescue, and built her a wonderful home.

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This has made such a difference for her and her kids. She was so happy to see us, and so appreciative of Childcare Worldwide. She cried and thanked us continuously.

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That night we stayed on the island. When I entered my room, I notice a very large spider clinging to the wall above my bed. I wasn’t interested in him being my bunk mate for the evening, so a very nice housekeeper came and took care of my guest. It wasn’t the most restful night of sleep I’ve had. I was wondering if that spider had a family and if they were also somewhere in my room!

Next morning I woke (without spider bites) and we traveled to the Lake Victoria Education Centre, better known as Sandi’s Village, a compound of classroom buildings and dormitories built by CCW.

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The dorms had bunk beds lined up and mosquito nets hanging from the ceilings.

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After a tour of the site, we were entertained by the children with songs and Bible verses from memory. Then we met the teachers and talked to them about their day-to-day routines. It was great learning about how they became teachers and how much they enjoyed their calling. I could tell they really loved their jobs and the kids.

Before we left, I got a picture with the children who are sponsored by CCW. They were wonderful!

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We caught a ferry boat back to the mainland, and while on board, we met a young woman who was the ship navigator. Turns out, she was a sponsored child from CCW! What a joy it was to talk to her and see real evidence of child sponsorship at work! If not for CCW, she wouldn’t have been able to get an education and become self sufficient. I was very proud of her!

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What a full day of joy and admiration for what CCW has done through the years on Ssese Island. I can’t wait to go back there again.

As you’re reading this post, I am traveling back to the United States, a nearly 24 hour travel day! I have thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Africa. The people are amazing, and our work is so inspiring. It is a privilege to lead this great ministry. I give all the thanks to the Lord for his provision, and for the work of Dr. Max and Marlies Lange. It was their efforts started over 38 years ago that has brought so much hope and opportunity to the people of Kenya and Uganda. It is humbling to assume the role of president from Dr. Max, and to be responsible for taking CCW into the future. I expect to be back to Africa many many times in the years to come.

Next trip is coming up soon! I will be going to India, Sri Lanka and Thailand starting March 5. I can’t wait to meet our personnel and visit our programs in these countries. Stay tuned!!!