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Saturday, March 24, 2012


Why are these three beautiful young ladies so happy? They have all been redeemed by the wonderful grace of God!
8 months ago I received a call from a good friend telling me that God had given her the names of 6 ladies who she was to travel with to Uganda. I was one of them! I wept through our conversation, because barely 2 weeks earlier I had had a conversation with Rich concerning the fact that I really felt like God was urging me to go on a missions trip. ME????? I had always loved mission conference time at our church. I loved hearing about "their adventures"...but ME?
My sweet friend Jade, and her husband adopted a precious little boy by the name of Ezra and brought him home approx. 1 year earlier from Uganda. I also had other friends, Bridgette and Trey who were just starting their paperwork for adoption. I thought of myself as the one who would be the cheerleader from here.....doing all that I could to help, in any way. Fundraiser....count me in.......prayers? hey, they could count on me! But go?
So, when I received the call from Jade.....I knew immediately.......I WAS going to Uganda.
As it turned out, there were 10 other amazing ladies from our church that heeded the call. Our church's first all women's mission team! We spent the next 8 months preparing our hearts and raising funds for our trip. We left March 6 on a 24 hour plane trip to Uganda.....a trip that has changed my life forever.
We stayed in the Sanyu babies home( and volunteered our time there. We also had the awesome privledge of spending time at the Kwagala Project (
The Kwagala Project is a home and rehabilitation refuge for women who are victims of the sex trafficking trade. The girls here are age 10-early 20's.
Just wanted to share a few pictures.
Andrea and a sweet friend
Victory is 15 years old.

How cute are these girls? Hayley,(on the right) is the director of the Kwagala project. I cannot believe I forgot the other two names. I do remember that the girl in the center is the one that does the blogsite/facebook page for the project.
What a face this is! Don't you just love him!!! Rian was the son of Rachel, one of the girls at Kwagala.
This was looking down on the wall that surrounds the Kwagala Project.
Yep, if you look close those are broken pop bottles. I think that would discourage me from climbing over!
The girls served us an amazing lunch! Here some of them are preparing it.

And YES! It was delicous. Fresh avacado, beans, collard greens and 2 kinds of rice.
Just a few street scenes. Plantains seemed to be on every corner. Tried them twice while I was there. Must be an acquired taste. Did not like them at all.
A very common scene in Uganda.....a child begging on the street

Milk in a bag?
I WILL go back!


jade said...

Love this post Brenda! And LOVED hearing you say "I will go back!" Ummmm...LOVE it!!!! Some of my favorite memories are with you! Going to get coffee together, cuddling under your misquito net, talking in your bed for hours about life, hearing your praises nightly, your transparency, girl....I just love you!
Praising God for the way He is continuing to move in your life and answer specific prayers! I love you!

Betsy said...

BLESSINGS to YOU and those LADIES who so willingly gave of yourselves to witness to the babies and ladies in Uganda. May GOD continue to keep you all in the palm of HIS hand as you share your testimony with others. Love YOU.