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Another Tidbit of life here… TIA, the Rolex

A “Uganda English” Dictionary

A “Uganda English” Dictionary

Living in a different area of Uganda this year, I’ve begun to continue to work at another language (there are over 48 heart languages spoken here in Uganda)… however, it’s kind of fun to realize that even the use of English here is a bit different than back home. I’ve been keeping some notes on my phone for the last few months in this regard, and I wanted to share them with you … (Click to keep reading)

The Use of the Word "we/our" vs. Me/I/My

The Use of the Word "we/our" vs. Me/I/My

Those coming from a North-American individualistic background will slowly learn that things are much different here. There are of course things that are hard to adjust to and relate with in this community respect, but I’ve actually grown to love and enjoy the basic community value that is inherent in the culture. 

One humorous example is the time I bought a new wall clock for myself for my birthday…

Not Alone

Not Alone

As I embrace and jump into another new year and adventure with Jesus, my mind goes back to the ways God faithfully was with me in previous seasons. Many not shared on my blog—at least not yet. But there is one I feel led to share.  Some people ask: “how do you do it?” Are you crazy? You do that alone? …

What We Believe About Children

What We Believe About Children

I am so blessed to have wonderful wise Ugandan friends who serve on our NGO Board. I’m thankful for their advice, counsel, and input. One Board Member noted while reviewing our statement of faith that we don’t have anything specifically on what we believe about children. What invigorates us to focus on ministry to children and youth? He suggested that we need to put in a section about what we believe the Bible teaches about children. He was so right. I enjoyed studying and thinking through what the Bible says about children. Here it is… … Click to keep reading

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… … Click to keep reading

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 😉… Click to keep reading

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!… Click to see

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. Click to see more …

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” … Click to read more

Home Visits!

Home Visits!

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

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?!)  … Click to read more

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... Click to read more

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!… Click to read more

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. … Click to read more

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 … Click to read more

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... Click to read more