Psalms 68:5-6

     “Bringing the fatherhood of God to the fatherless.” We are heading to Kasana, Uganda today to assist at New Hope Uganda orphanage. We will be establishing a clinic in addition to seeing patients. The New Hope ministry is attending to the needs of orphans left over from one of the many wars that have struck Uganda. They have ministered to over 1000 children in their 22 years. Please pray for their ministry and safe travels!

Mike…

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Jeremiah 29:11

     Jeremiah 29:11 A day of miracles. Today we served the people of the Myanzi Sub-district. Myanzi is a remote village roughly 2.5 kilometers of the paved road. The walking IMG_7649trail became a highway for our 30 passenger 2WD bus. Thanks to the help of a few muzungus (white guy) and 20+ villagers we pushed our bus and cut out about 1/2 kilometer of hiking distance which left us w/ 1.5 kilometers hiking distance w/ our gear. Needless to say we made it! God is good! We were blessed with a lunch prepared by the villagers. After closing the clinic we packed up and hiked 2.5 kilometers to the paved road. Today was exhausting, but despite the challenges it presented I am over whelmed with joy and grateful for this moment.

Justin…..

Galatians 6:14

     Galatians 6:14 “God has an unfailing love for us. These people came to show us Gods love. For me I take it as a risk to their lives. They are taking a risk because they love you. They are here because it is Gods purpose! They are just carrying out instructions from God. It is God who does the work, who performs the miracles, we are just His servants.”

-Pastor David Mpanga Ndibanunula of Myanzi Sub-county, Uganda

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Proverbs 20:24

     There are no accidents, only divine appointments. Today we worked in a village that required driving around 20 miles on dirt roads to get to. On the way back our driver took a “wrong” turn and while trying to get back to the right road we came upon a really bad IMG_8234motorcycle wreck. One man had a broken leg with the bones through the skin (compound tib/fib for my medical friends) and another had a really bad cut to both his leg and chin. We stopped and me and J were able to bandage and split the broken leg and then we bandaged the other man’s leg and stitched up his chin. Sad thing is, an Ambulance drove by, slowed down, and then left! We were able to get both men headed to a hospital. All the while Pastor Nelson used this opportunity to witness to the gathering crowd. I am thankful that we were put in that place at that time, and will pray those men have a good recovery.
The Mission is going great, we have been at remote locations so updates have been intermittent. Please continue to pray for the Mission, team, and our families back at home.

Mike…

     Mission work has a strange of catching up on you, emotionally speaking that is. We have been physical touching the people of Uganda for over a week now and I was overwhelmed with emotion when doing dental work on an 8 y/o girl. She had rags (I don’t know if they P1000598qualify to be called rags) for clothes and a mouth full of infection. We treated some of her physical needs by pulling rotten teeth and clothing her with a dress, but her only real hope is in Jesus Christ…..On our return home today we took an alternate route so we could go see a drum maker. On the way we came across an accident involving two men. The first patient had a compound tib/fib fracture and the second had a major laceration to his tib and his chin was split wide open. We were in the middle of no where Uganda, Africa. I guess this is what you call being in the right place at the divine time because we were able to treat both patients (as an ambulance drove by). One of whom I believe would have lost his life had we not been there. God is good! Thank you for your prayers, they are needed!

Justin…

Isaiah 26:12

     Traveled to Katuusu today and ran into our friend Jane. She is doing amazing and IMG_7544_3received a pair of glasses and two new pillow case dresses to boot! Many physical needs were met today, but none compare to the eternal decisions made by many individuals, including our bus driver Fred! Continue to pray as God is working in Uganda. Remember nothing happens by chance, but by divine appointment. “Lord, you will establish peace for us, since You have also have performed for us all our works.” Isaiah 26:12

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     Busy, busy day doing God’s work. We were in the village of Katuusu today. For those that don’t know, this village was very heartbreaking for many of us last year. We met a man with a terrible wound on his leg and a very sweet young girl named Jane that had parasites in her hands and feet. The man with the leg wound is still suffering from his wound, I am sad to report and we didn’t have a chance to see him today but the local pastor stays in touch with him. We will continue to pray for him. As for Jane, I am blessed to tell you, she is doing great! She came to see us and brought us her report card, she is an excellent student with top marks! Doc Cheatwood did a filling for her, she got some new reading glasses and Justin had two pillowcase dresses that fit her. After all of that, Jane brought the team a bag of bananas she picked…no words can express how grateful we are to have met Jane. The Dental team saw 53 patients and Bill and Grace handed out 72 pairs of glasses. Was a wonderful day. And maybe the best news of all, Doc went through an Evangicube with a group this afternoon. Afterwards, Fred, who has been our bus driver both trips, received Christ as his Lord and Savior! Amen.

Mike…

     Doctor John, and I extracted 8 horrific teeth from a man today. He was crippled from a P1000663fall. The pastor had to carry him to the clinic today. I was ready for a repeat from last at this village. Finished with this patient and Jane walked in. What an awesome contrast to the situation. God is Great!

Justin…

Luke 17:10

     During Christ ministries on earth He performed many miracles of physical healing. P1000798These miracles not only validated who Christ is, but most of all created a bridge for the greatest miracle of all. One of the hardest things to accept on these trips is that we can not help everyone nor is it our job to. We are performing physical “works” to build bridges of love that will point towards the Messiah! Because He lives I can face tomorrow! These were the words song to our team by a group of orphan girls who have been living off of only bananas for days.    Lord willing the dresses will arrive and they will have a clean garment to wear soon! Thank you for your prayers and praise His name! Luke 17:10IMG_7322

Justin…

     Worked in the village of Mwera today. We picked up Doc and Nita at the airport last night, so the whole team is together. Following last years footsteps so far for our schedule. We lost count of the dental patients but rough guess is high 30’s low 40’s! Having three dentists this year means not only more people treated but also a lot more repairs vs. extractions, which is a great blessing.

     69 pairs of glasses passed out, so Bill and Grace were busy as usual. Super thankful that IMG_7373the guest house business center has much more reliable hours and internet service than last year. Super happy to keep current on updates and of course messaging Dee and the kids. J has an awesome plan for the girls home. Will keep everyone posted as the plan becomes reality.

Mike…

 

Getting Started

     Finally at work here in Kampala. Saw around 30 dental pts. Bill and Grace gave out 95 pairs of glasses! Justin was the gopher today, he got 9 beds for the Girl’s orphanage and braved the boda-boda (Ugandan motorcycle taxi) to get us fuel for the generator. Great day today, and tomorrow we are out to the villages and should have the whole team together. Again, thanks for all the Prayers! God is Good!

Mike…

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     During Christ ministries on earth He performed many miracles of physical healing. These miracles not only validated who Christ is, but most of all created a bridge for the greatest miracle of all. One of the hardest things to accept on these trips is that we can not help everyone nor is it our job to. We are performing physical “works” to build bridges of love that will point towards the Messiah! Because He lives I can face tomorrow! These were the words song to our team by a group of orphan girls who have been living off of only bananas for days. Lord willing the dresses will arrive and they will have a clean garment to wear soon! Thank you for your prayers and praise His name! Luke 17:10

Justin…

Uganda Update Arrival.

     We finally made it after 35 hours (ish) of traveling. Long trek but glad to be here. Africa is my home away from home. People are amazing and blessed to be here despite the travel issues.

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Finally in Uganda! Bad weather, fuel issues, bumped flights, a lightning strike (yikes!) but we are here. Unfortunately, Doc and Nita got hung up in Amsterdam with a passport issue. They are supposed to catch up to us, but no word yet. Met up with the rest of the team so we still have 2 dentists and Bill and Grace will still be able to do Eyeglasses.

Mike…