My name is Laura and I recently travelled to Uganda with my sister, Erin.
We both had the chance to travel and witness the inner workings of Christian Model Ministries.
While in Uganda, Erin and I toured the various ministries that Christian Model Ministry (CMM) was involved with. This included prisons, churches, children AIDs centers, and youth hubs. We had the opportunity to not only witness these programs, but to also be involved with them.
The Saturday program we were able to visit was very inspiring. This program was for children afflicted by AIDS. It helped to treat the children, while providing financial support for their education and even extra help with academics. They also hosted the children every Saturday, teaching the children songs, Bible stories and games. We had the opportunity to help teach them and then serve the kids lunch. We then had time to play with the kids and just have lots of fun with them! It was so great getting to know the kids!
We had the opportunity to travel to western Uganda to be apart of an international Christian convention. While we were there, we assisted with the children’s program. I, Laura, had the chance to teach a class of twelve children under six years old. It was a fun challenge to teach children that did not speak any English. The children were so welcoming and eager to listen to all that we had to share. This was definitely one of my favourite days of the entire trip.
During the convention, we attended the youth oriented portion. We were very excited to hear about the journeys and adventures of the main speaker and some of the youth. However, the youth part of the convention attracted many children, even though there was no program planned for them. We were asked to help entertain the children, and this was definitely a huge highlight.
I, Erin, had worked at a children’s camp the previous summer and so I had I learned many silly campfire songs. I got to teach the 100+ kids a couple silly songs and even how to play “Simon Says.” The language barrier appeared to be nothing as we thrived together, singing our hearts out.
We also had the pleasure of spending time with Dan’s wonderful family. We spent time playing soccer, frisbee, basketball, and cuddling their baby, Timothy. Every meal provided an opportunity to converse and gain a deeper understanding of the local culture. The Muwanguzi family became our Ugandan family. We sure miss them all!
Overall, our favourite part of this trip with meeting all the people. We adored our time getting to know the people from CMM and the many others we were lucky to meet.
Uganda was a beautiful country, definitely including the safari we went on, and we will definitely miss it.
We are so excited to continue to pray for and support CMM, and see how the organization grows and positively influences the community.