THE COLUMNS – DECEMBER

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Later this month, I will be going to Uganda for the third time, and I could not be more excited! The first time, I went because I had always dreamed of serving at an orphanage in Africa. Now, it is because I have completely
fallen in love with the people I met and the beautiful country. I did not know I could love a place and people as much as I do.

I love going to Uganda because I have fallen in love with the people there.

I love going to Uganda because the people I have met, including everyone at Agape Christian Academy, inspire me; they have so much faith, love, and trust in God.

I love going to Uganda because it allows me to build meaningful relationships with my brothers and sisters in Christ.

I love going to Uganda because the children at Agape Christian Academy are incredibly welcoming and loving.

I love going to Uganda because my family now sponsors one of the children at Agape. Phiona is a part of our family. We love her as our sister and daughter.

I love going to Uganda because it gives me the confidence I sometimes lack; traveling half way around the world and meeting so many new people can be intimidating and scary, but I have come out of it stronger and more confident.

I love going to Uganda because it exposes me to some of the harsh realities of the world and drives me to do something about it.

I love going to Uganda because worshiping the Lord with the children at Agape is one of the most incredible experiences. It’s freeing. It’s exciting. It’s real.

I love going to Uganda because it has been the most life-changing experience of my life. The Ugandans I now call family are people who have risen out of the ashes of their bleak pasts and they are such an inspiration.

Can you tell I am a little excited to return to Uganda?