The Phoenix

The Phoenix

http://happiestfacesonearth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/The-Phoenix-2.mp4 Meet Elder Paul, a full time missionary today and an orphan from the Rwanda genocide yesterday. Hear his tragic story and remarkable testimony of a bright today and a better tomorrow. This story will give new perspective to your challenges and faith. “My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure” Elder...

Crucible of Compassion

http://happiestfacesonearth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Crucible-of-Compassion-1.mp4 Our experiences this past weekend were both life-cleansing and challenging. We first went to a village near Jinja to help with another Jiggers service project. This time, rather than run the camera, I got into the action with RaNae and my heart nearly burst. We did the post-op wash and sanitize on the little guy featured in our video. As he stood in the disinfectant bath and we watched the water turn red with his bleeding toes, I could not hold back my tears. As I carefully washed and dried and put medication on his feet, RaNae and I shared a sympathetic look and kept on working. I also worked on an old man (old here is about 50) whose tough feet may never have had a pair of shoes. This was the ultimate barefoot runner. I cried again as I washed and dried these tired gnarly old feet, then handed him a pair of plastic sandals as a gift. I wish I had a picture of his face wearing them. He was a rich man indeed. When we finished, we wish every human being could have this kind of experience. There’s something about washing and treating feet that is so deeply personal to both the giver and the receiver. It pushed us once again into the crucible of compassion, and it was good for the soul. We next visited a small orphanage in Bwenge and another layer of the world fell away. And now this, from RaNae: When we visited the orphanage Saturday I was talking with one of the guys who is helping there. He’s a handsome 21 year old from Spain. When I asked him...
One Week

One Week

We don’t want this website to be a diatribe of meaningless dribble, but just for fun we want to take you on a tour of the past week of our mission. Today is Thursday, April 2, 2015. It represents the variety of a week as missionaries here in Uganda. Friday March 27 The baby RaNae is holding in the first photo is the niece of a woman who works in our office. We went to see Suzy on Friday to cheer her up. She just had been in the hospital and was convalescing. We love meeting in the homes of these sweet people. Meet the awesome APs (assistants to the president). We love being around all missionaries and it is especially nice to watch these three do their work. They are so dedicated and full of the Spirit. We want to be just like them. This is MLC (mission leadership conference) which is held on the last Friday of each month. We enjoyed dinner after the busy day of meetings at Nanjing’s Chinese restaurant. Delicious. President and Sister Chatfield (shown at bottom) are two of the busiest people on the planet. They are so selfless and spend all their energy helping missionaries, church leadership and anyone else they can bless. They are remarkable servants of the Lord. Saturday Saturday is our P-day since we’re in the office during normal business hours. Today we went on a walk/hike with two other couples who live in the same complex as we do. After our hike, we met to go to Chaat House, an Indian restaurant, for breakfast. One huge surprise of our mission was the types...