Our First Clinic!

My experience in Uganda was amazing!!! I had been praying for years for such an opportunity to arise, and once again, God was faithful.

I spent some of my time in Uganda running clinics. One clinic was held in Nansana, a town near the capital, and another one in Mityana, a town in a more remote part of the country. Initially, the goal was to provide check-ups and appropriate treatment for the children of the orphanages. The needs and demands, however, extended to Ugandans from local communities. We were blessed with donations of funds and supplies and were thus able to tend to the majority of people that came seeking help. In the two days that the clinics were held, over 150 patients were seen. With the help of very knowledgeable Ugandan nurses we addressed cases, of malaria, stomach worms, head, body and feet fungal infections, malnutrition, anemia, diabetes and hypertension to name a few. It was a miracle indeed to have been able to tend to all those needs.

The vision for Uganda is to eventually have a mobile clinic of sorts. This “clinic on wheels” would help address issues of unavailable health care, the distance needed to travel to acquire health care, and of course the unaffordable cost of health care to the patients. Great strides were made on this trip as all the orphans and numerous people were seen, ailments were identified and addressed, and long term care plans were put in place. There was also an abundant amount of supplies that were made available for both orphanages to last several months. Measures have also been taken to provide for health care providers to go out to both Nansana and Mityana at least once a month. The vision for Uganda is very much alive. Continue to pray for God’s perfect will to be done in Uganda.

Thanks for your prayers and God bless,

Dr. Bella Ahanogbe

New Orleans

We recently returned from our first trip to New Orleans. Nine of us went including three from our Silver Spring ministry. What we thought would be our annual February missions trip turned out to be quite an eye-opening, life-changing experience.

New Orleans was as if we had been let into a world of deep suffering that God has long known about but the news and press have long left behind. As many of you know, hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in late 2005 and flooded approximately 80% of the city leaving deep scars of devastation all around.

Coming up on 6 years later, the loss still permeates the air as you see house after house dilapidated and boarded up, if there even at all. Most school systems and medical facilities have been shut down with no signs of reopening and gangs, drugs, guns, and fighting pit bulls fill the streets leaving you with this sense of imminent danger – not to mention, the dark undercurrent of voodoo, a prevalent and widely celebrated practice there.

What many people do not know is that New Orleans was not much different before the storm (of course minus all of the structural damage done to the land). It was still one of the leading cities in crime, murders and other demoralizing statistics. However, by the mercy of God, Katrina has seemed to awaken the hearts of the people from a numbed stupor to a desperate, albeit confused, God-consciousness. As we walked the streets and talked with people, we found a unique tenderness and openness to any sign of love and care. Due to a lack of teaching about the grace message and the love of God, many asked us the question, “Why does God hate us?” spoken from such wounds that only God Himself can heal.

Yet there is a flicker inside each heart wondering if there is still hope in God and it was as if the prayers and cries of the people had reached heaven long enough and God was sending us in His stead to proclaim the Good News of His ultimate care for each one of them. One woman in the church there said that she had been praying so many years for God to send someone that when she heard we were coming, she cried all night. God promises that no smoking flax will be quenched and we sense the momentum of God's desire for New Orleans at this time. Many are ready to lift their heads to God and see what He has to say.

During our time there, we hit the streets nearly every day knocking on doors in the neighborhood to let people know that God still loves them and that the church is open and there for them. We found out that many of them had thought that the church had never reopened after Katrina hit, as many churches had not.We held services every night and at our fish fry on Friday night, our visitors outnumbered our church members! The pastor said that he had not seen the church so alive and with so many visitors in over 25 years. It was really a great time of rejoicing. Our pastor there is quite a man of God, prepared by manifold trials and deep suffering. He has the clear message of the grace and love of God. Now, all he needs is feet to help him hit the streets and reach the people. So please pray that God would send laborers. The harvest is truly ripe and the people are wide open during this space of grace. We plan to return to New Orleans for another trip in the second week of May.

If you'd like to listen to some of the messages spoken by La Tascha Brown during our women's meetings, click here and look for the series titled, What Christ Thinks About Women.

Focus: Uganda

What We Remember (Is 51:1-3)

It has been one year since we have been able to begin to work toward a vision that was given many years earlier for East Africa. As we look back to the rock from which all of this was hewn, we can really see how faithful God has been. It's hard to put into words what we know God is doing and has already done. Words on paper cannot do any justice to the look of hope on so many faces. Words cannot explain the joy that emanates from the hearts of so many women as they look toward the future. Truly, I believe, as Christ said in John 11:40, that we have seen the glory of God, his reflected nature in this particular region of the country, on the faces of these particular women. Together, then, we dream of the possibilities of the future!

More Than Just Water, Beds and a Ceiling

August 2010 | Nansana, Uganda

As some of you may know, July/August marked our second annual, month-long, Women's Disicpleship Course. What set this year apart, however, was the diversity among the women attending the class — a direct result of the various visits and conferences in the towns and villages of north, south, east and west Uganda over the course of this past year. Over 30 women from six different parts of the country, communicating in four different languages via translators, united at our home base in Nansana for one purpose: to be trained.

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