Category: on mission

The girl in the turquoise dress

two years ago i visited uganda for the first time. we visited IDP camps in and around gulu before settling in at the village of hope where we taught ESL, Bible stories and songs and got to know some of the most amazing kids ever. at the camps the children would greet us and sing, Read More

charlotte – my first non-usa donation

i am knitting the charlotte sweater from the gorgeous dauphine (#14) book. first of all: beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! one evening, several times, i read the decrease directions for the tops of the sleeves and i couldn’t figure it out. it just made no sense. i had to sleep on it and look at it again Read More

the gift of joy

as we prepared for our last trip to the village of hope, i received a call from a friend telling me her child wanted to come by my work and donate her own money toward our fundraising. that child’s name is joy and this is the story of her gift. all of the first grade Read More

the knitting debrief

  robyn, aka the minimalist knitter, asked me how the knitting project went in uganda. my response came from the first time i’ve sat down to write anything out. so i’m including it here as an update: robyn, wow! where do i begin? it was really awesome! here are a few photos when the house moms Read More

gifted to give

when jon and i returned from our first trip to uganda last august, our hearts were agitated. we wanted to do something. to be of help to the children at the village of hope. we joked (ok, i joked. jon may have been quite serious!) about moving to uganda, building our own hut in the Read More

Article of our trip to Uganda

This article was submitted to both Jon’s and my employers for use in their newsletters. We are delighted that either of them would want to distribute our story. And I thought I would publish here, too, for funsies… in case you aren’t on either of those lists. Not many people have experienced horrors worse than Read More

are you my sponsor?

when jon and i returned from uganda, we began to pray and ask God how we might become further involved with the village of hope and do what we can do ensure these children have a godly, successful future. and one of the things we considered was the child sponsorship program. in this program, $100 Read More


this is a girl who i began to refer to as ‘stoic vicky’ – and everyone knew who i meant. our first day on the land at the village of hope in uganda, the children shook our hands and greeted us and bowed (so sweet!) and vicky was among them. there was a variety of Read More

uganda, debrief

after returning from uganda, i had an opportunity to share with the wonderful staff i get to work with about the trip. i knew i’d lose focus if i didn’t have it written down, so i prepared it ahead of time. this is what i said: first – i have greetings to give you, from Read More

uganda, day 10

breakfast and then down to the chapel for worship in song, scripture readings, a message, and encouragements from whomever wishes to speak. we had thought that a few days prior we would be offering an encouragement to the kids, so i had something prepared in my other notebook. at the last minute, i’d torn it Read More

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