The WHY behind what we do...

The WHY behind what we do...

The picture at the top of this post seems an untraditional picture for this blog and our ministry. You may be asking: “Where are the cute African kids?” Yes, they are still very much in my mind and in my heart. But perhaps the story and history below will help you explain why I personally believe in the opportunities and ministry the Lord has brought to us in Uganda… This picture above is a picture of “Grandma” Loewen and “Great-Grandma Kroeker” It commemorates the heroes in my life who not only raised their own wonderful large biological family, but they eagerly and enthusiastically took on the calling and challenge to make that family bigger—to expand it outside their own natural borders. To make more seats at the table, push out a wall, add a little more water to the soup and make a second batch of bread…

Driving in Uganda... the Unofficial Rules of the Road

Driving in Uganda... the Unofficial Rules of the Road

There is *no limit to the amount of people, animals, chickens, pigs, goats, and all other manner of things that will fit in, on top, and on the sides of vehicles! They know how to haul a whole sofa set, along with their two children on the back of a Motorcycle (Boda)! And speaking of Boda’s, they are a family vehicle here—totally in the same league as your Mini van in regards to amount of perceived space for a family 😉

The Gospel Isn't About Us

A friend Shared this video and I loved it. Our modern day preaches a false gospel, one that is all about us and what we can get from God, rather than one that is all about Him and His glory.


Verses in Lubwisi!

The children in our clubs have the choice of what language they would like to memorize their verses. Here are some of the girls in our program reciting their verses in one of the local tribal tongues, lubwisi! Also… isn’t their concentration level amazing?!

Go girls!

A Big Thank YOU From our Kids!

A Big Thank YOU From our Kids!

This is for YOU… a big thank you! Some of our older kids share what God has done in their lives this last year.

Out of the Mouths of Babes...

Out of the Mouths of Babes...

What do Ugandan’s say about us?

I submit Quarterly reports to my mission, the Great Commission Foundation, so this Fall I decided to let the kids "write my report for me"! Using the notes written in their own words. As sweet Gilbert said: May God bless all who support Laura Stewart” …

Home Visits!

Home Visits!

On the holidays, our staff try to visit the children and their families in their homes…

We've Come Full Circle!

We've Come Full Circle!

The happiest moments of missionary life are when you see those you have shared the gospel with, in turn sharing with others. And I’m pretty sure in heaven one day we will realize that even this “full circle” is only one very tiny curve of what God is doing. One of the highlights of this last school holiday was seeing the youth pour their lives into others—eagerly sharing the joy and treasure they have found in Jesus. (If something is sweet and good we share it, right?!)  …

His Work in His Strength

His Work in His Strength

Last week the verse above jumped out to me, for some reason I had never noticed it before. Perhaps because often when reading this passage our focus is on the preceding Great Commission and Jesus’ ascension back into heaven. But in this stage and season of ministry God used these words to bring encouragement in my heart and Spirit...

Those Who Walked in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light

Those Who Walked in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light

I know this update is a little sooner than I usually send, but God has been at work in sweet ways and I wanted to let you share in delighting in seeing His Spirit at work. Others have been emailing asking questions wondering how things are!

Thanks for Making Our Year Merry & Bright!

Thanks for Making Our Year Merry & Bright!

I hope this email finds you and your family enjoying this season of joy to its fullest. This year Christmas looks and feels a lot different. While you cuddle up to warm fireplaces and bundle up in sweaters, I'm trying to keep cool under the fan (electricity pending!) as we begin the dry season. Although I will miss being with each of you this year back home, I am looking forward to celebrating this season with the people here. 

Party in the Yard!

When was the last time you were THIS excited about your new mattress? Here's a little taste of the joy that your generosity brings …

Of Writing Songs, Music, Coffee, Jesus, and generally... What a Year!

Of Writing Songs, Music, Coffee, Jesus, and generally... What a Year!

One thing I value and enjoy doing during my supply trips and days away every few months is to take moments to just chill, think, and process. I listen to music, read, think, sip coffee and stare into space. I enjoy spending time with “Kampala” friends too...

Summer Update 2017~

Summer Update 2017~

A few years back one of my co-workers (after noticing the fascination of the local children with books which are a rarely held item here) had a vision to reach kids through literacy and opened a small library at the mission. They collected donations of several thousand children’s books, but due to other unexpected needs arising they weren’t able to fully develop the project.

At the End of the Day...

At the End of the Day...

To hold in my heart and hands what I can. To do all that is within my power to do—and then leave the rest in His very capable hands. And pray for His strength to again get up tomorrow morning and start all over again. My hands have cracks—so much runs through, but He can hold in His hands everything with no cracks, nothing falling through, and no missteps. He can hold it all perfectly. Someday the truth will be known and justice will prevail. Until that day I remind myself He sees, He is with us, and ONE DAY He will make all right. In the meantime, Jesus keep my heart soft, my hands holding what I can, my feet running forward. Never let me grow calloused towards the status quo; never let me loose hope that things can be different and will be different someday.

Back in Uganda

Back in Uganda

Back in Uganda after a wonderful Christmas in Canada! It feels more and more like home...

Joy to The World, the Lord Has Come!

Joy to The World, the Lord Has Come!

Each Christmas season I spend time outside of North America, the awareness of this wonderful gift which is for ALL continues to grow. I hear the Christmas songs and story in a different, but richer way. For some reason when I heard "Joy to the World" previously I unconsciously thought "joy to MY world" but Jesus came for the whole world, bringing them joy through the gift of Himself ...