The Uganda 2011 Missions Team is back in Bend! Below are a few pictures taken by Amanda Wingers and a summary she wrote of their time at Otino Waa.
"It is difficult to sum up into a few words the impact that our time at Otino Waa has had on us. We went to Uganda to serve and love with our time, talents and skills, bu truly, we were the ones who were served and deeply loved.
The widows who are now mothers to adopted children are living, breathing examples that God is a God who can make beauty from ashes. A God who makes good plans and gives hope for the future. The evenings we spent talking with and listening to Bob and Carol were filled with stories of lessons they learned, challenges and trials they faced and those precious victories captured in the innocence of a child's shy giggle.
We went to do things like soccer clinics, photography, video work, writing, singing and teaching computer classes, but I don't believe those are things we will always remember and speak of. I believe it's getting a sunburn while chasing 4 dozen kids around a soccer field, it's day after day of sharing porsho and beans with a unique family simply thrilled to have you joining them at their table, it's bright eyes, tiny hands in yours, and sleeping children in your lap. It's the crayon goodbye notes, crinkly with tears spilled at your departure, it's all these things and a million more moments wrapped into a place where things are going right. A place where the outcast, the abandoned and the desperate find a home, a family, an education, a future, and a God who is in love with them."