Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this : to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. -James 1:27

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

An easy guide to fishing in Uganda

 Step 1: Collect your supplies in the local market, including a rubber flip-flop to act as the bobber.

Step 2) After driving to the area where you would like to fish, find a swampy part.

Step 3) Dig up a big chunk of swampy mud and bring to the (non swampy) shore.

Step 4) Sort through the mud in search of earthworms. (Note: I am not featured in this photo because I was the only one with rain/mud boots on, therefore I was sent to do the dirty work of wading through the swamp to find the best muddy patches to dig up)

Step 5) When you have found enough earthworms, make a muddy bowl with a lid to act as a container so the slimy crawlers don't get away.

Step 6) Watch your friends as they might want to smear their muddy swamp hands all over you.

Step 7) Find a good location where you think the fish might be and wait for them to bite.



Step 8) Even when people are catching fish around you and you feel like you are only being a humanitarian by providing a free lunch for the fish who somehow sneakily manage to nibble the worm off without biting the hook, KEEP TRYING. 

AND the 3rd fish was a bit bigger… but not by much. 

Step 9) Don't forget to bring your charcoal stove, because there is no size restrictions in the swamp-creeks of Uganda and though small, a mudfish like this is still worthy of roasting.

Here were the final fish scores at the end of the day:
Jerad = 3 
Dan = 1
Nat, James, Joseph = 0

Step 10) Bring some extra cash because if you fail to catch your dinner, there are freshly brought Nile Perch begin sold at the local market.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Jesus Loves Children Ministry Crusade

I am amazed at how the Lord puts different passions in the hearts of His people. I am proud of Jerad for his faithfulness and initiative to put on crusades. But not just any crusade, a crusade led by children. With the intent to teach and allow children to serve God at an early age, these Children's Crusades are an amazing opportunity to see how the Lord can use anyone, of any age, to bring glory to His name.

Many of the children from Lulwanda participated with other Sunday school children in preaching, leading worship, giving testimonies, being the MC, and translating during the 3 day crusade.

Sweet little ones learning about the love of Jesus.

During the week, JLCM and the children from LCH had met many new friends, but there was a special connection with the children who came to the crusade everyday from a nearby children's home. The day of departure, these new friends invited us to come visit their Home.

It was a blessing to be a able to see where they live and share a last moment of fellowship together.

Please pray for this ministry. The vision is big. The need is great. And the little harvesters are willing. May God's will be done.

To learn more about Jesus Loves Children Ministry, visit www.jesusloveschildrenministry.blogspot.com

Friday, February 7, 2014

My 31st Birthday

So, in honor of being 31 for a month now, here are some fun photos of the day. I was blessed to get to spend it in the tropical sun, relaxing at the pool, enjoying the company of my little friends.

Enjoying "rolex" (like a breakfast taco) and soda for lunch.

Thursday, February 6, 2014