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Real

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Date: May 29, 2014 Location: Nkozi, Uganda
Life here is more real than anything I’ve ever experienced. Everything is real. The people, the place, the food, the conversation, the culture, the friendships, the laughter, the joy. Uganda is a little taste of heaven. And I couldn’t be happier.
I’ve never felt so welcomed by complete strangers, so loved by people I don’t even know. The three other Notre Dame students (David, Fiona, and Lily) and I arrived here at Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) on Sunday. After we unpacked our stuff, we grabbed some dinner at the dining hall. David and Fiona found a seat, while Lily and I joined after buying some bottled water for the table (we’re the cautious ones of the group...be proud, Mom). We sat by one of the Ugandan students here named Kush.
Kush and the rest of us quickly got into a conversation about our ages, our families, our likes/dislikes, etc. After a few minutes, Kush and I jokingly came to the conclusion that we are twins because we had a few t…

Welcome to Uganda

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Dates: May 24 - May 26, 2014 Location: Entebbe, Uganda; Nkozi, Uganda
“But maybe you’ve noticed the same thing I have. When people return from their (mission) trip, they don’t talk about what they did, but what they saw and how it changed them…they don’t often talk about the importance of what they did, but about how much they learned about themselves.”***
That’s the American way – isn’t it? The human way, perhaps. Ourselves first, others second. We consistently place ourselves – and only ourselves – at the center of our own universe. It is true that “North Americans spend millions of dollars each year on mission-related trips to developing nations.”*** But it is also true that “many of these efforts do more harm than good.” Why? Because we are far too enthralled with ourselves to make any sort of lasting impact.
I want to make it clear that I am not claiming Americans are selfish individuals incapable of making any sort of difference in the world. Instead, I am simply encouraging everyon…

As Long As I Live

The Lord is so sweet and so good to me, and I will continue fighting for Him as long as I live.

Psalm 63:1-5, 7-8
"You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me."

This is my promise to you, Lord, I will never stop fighting. I praise you, I love you, my refuge and my strength.