"Safe Journey"

We’re home. Transitions are hard! All the excitement and exhaustion and blessing of our time in Uganda are about to be left behind. All the adjustments to our “normal lives” and application of all we’ve learned - about God and about ourselves - lie ahead of us.

In Uganda, it is customary to wish travelers “safe journey.” It’s the equivalent of “have a nice trip” or “have a safe trip home.” We pray that the journey home will be safe and the lessons and blessings we bring home from Uganda will have eternal impact at home and with the friends we left behind in Uganda.

by Sara Call

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Jared's birthday
Jared Playing

This week I met a little boy named Jared. He was playing with my girls, running around and around on the packed, red dirt next to fields of sugarcane and sweet potatoes and drying stalks of corn. They were playing just yards away from the red, clay building where the pastor’s conference was going on. As my girls and Jared ran back and forth, up and down, around and around, a woman walked up. It was Jared’s mother. We had one of those mom talks. We chatted about our children’s names and ages. I learned that Jared was 2 years and 3 days old. He had been a sickly baby, so his second birthday was cause for celebration. Now he was a healthy 2 year and 3 day old running around with new friends!

I asked the instinctive, American question in response to hearing that a child has just had a birthday - tempered, I thought, for cultural differences, “How did you celebrate?”

“We had no money to celebrate, but I prayed for him,” was his mother’s answer.

Her answer shook me. She gave him the best gift - prayer, because she had no other gift to give him.

This family could not afford to celebrate their treasured child’s birthday, and yet they found a way to come to the conference. What sacrifices they must have made to come to the Pastor Training Conference.

Jared

by Sara Call

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We Got Here: if you only knew

Adventures begin in simple ways. This adventure began months ago with a simple invitation to join in the work of SWOH, but just a few days ago it got wings. We met at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, weighed luggage, checked-in, walked through security and – with the maximum carry-ons allowed - boarded a plane. Just imagine the journey of one of those carry-on items. Let’s be more specific – a backpack. This heavy, overburdened backpack slowly traveled down the hallway to the gate. Why slowly? Shouldn’t we have booked it through the airport to get to our gate? No, because this mission team is a little different than the usual SWOH mission team. There are two very short, very immature team members. Fiona (5) and Rowen (3) are the first (and hopefully not the last!) children sent by SWOH to serve the Lord in Uganda. Don’t worry. SWOH sent their parents too.

Arriving at the airport in Houston

Arriving at the airport in Houston

Ready to fly!

Ready to fly!

L to R: Ian, Rowen, Fiona, and Sara

L to R: Ian, Rowen, Fiona, and Sara

Back to our backpack friend. Backpack waited in the boarding line, rode up the ramp and onto the plane only to be unceremoniously shoved into a cramped space under a seat. Then Backpack flew for 8 hours to Amsterdam without the refreshment of a meal or snack provided by the flight crew. (The mission team didn’t have this problem. They had plenty of food and refreshments.) Next Backpack, freed from the confinement of the plane, rode back into an airport, but this time in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The expected 4-hour layover was closer to a 2-hour layover. Most of the layover was spent having a snack together as a team at McDonald’s and slowly, slowly, very slowly walking to the gate. The team had a few minutes to burn, so Jeremiah and Ian hung out at the gate, while Backpack and the girls, Emerald, Sara, Fiona and Rowen, found a place to play. Then it was back to the gate, into the boarding line and onto the plane where Backpack received the same treatment - shoved in the cramped space under a seat for 8 hours.

Backpack (and the mission team) arrived at the Kigali airport (Kigali, Rwanda) and waited while passengers got off the plane and other passengers boarded. After this long interlude, the plane flew 30 minutes to Entebbe, Uganda (the international airport in Uganda is in Entebbe, about 40 minutes from Uganda’s capital, Kampala), where it rode down the ramp and into UGANDA – at least the airport. After arrival, there was a quick meeting before the team went through immigration. Immigration was quick, and the luggage was waiting on the luggage carousel. The team was almost there! Outside the airport, Joy Situka waited to take the team to her home. What a relief to be greeted by her smiling face and warm hugs! Next, Backpack was loaded into a car and rode the 40-minute drive to the house near Kampala. The weary travelers fell into bed and Backpack was left on a bedroom floor to await the next leg of the adventure.

by Sara Call

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On the ground

Hello supporters of Sovereign Wings of Hope!

Our 2019 Community Transformation Project (CTP) mission team landed in Uganda on Thursday of last week. Right now, we're all feeling the jet lag, but in good spirits otherwise. Big praise to Him for getting us here healthy.

Stay tuned for more updates from this trip!

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Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, SWOH family and friends!

Thank you for being part of our SWOH family! Your partnership has engaged thousands of lives in Uganda, from young and old! 

On behalf of all of our missionaries, local Ugandan Staff and volunteers, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 

Blessings!

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