By: John VanDyke
Trip 71 Blogger
PCM Board Member

We took a side trip to the Sanga school on our way to Mbarara.  Since all three families represented on Trip 71 have sponsored children at this school, we were eager to reunite with those kids.  Joel was anxious to hug Patience again and send love from his family in Michigan.

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Being a small group, we expected to slip in, but were once again humbled by the jubilant welcome and presentations by various student groups. It was wonderful to again see Faina,

output-1provide her with a gift of some school and household supplies, and a new dress.  

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It was nearly 3 years ago that we first met this child, along with 3 of her siblings, on a very sad day, mere hours after their father’s funeral following a tragic accident. IMG_20170420_092536099_HDRWe prayed with all four of them after hearing how the family continues to struggle without his income.  Thankfully, they are all still receiving love, spiritual training, food, and education through PCM.

Friday was spent with key PCM leaders, discussing vision, strategy, organizational structure, and processes for ensuring the long-term vitality of the ministry.  

IMG_20170421_053813234What a blessing to work shoulder-to-shoulder with so many godly, committed, wise, self-sacrificing servant-leaders who continually spend themselves Proclaiming, Comforting, and Multiplying in Jesus’ name in the context of the PCM vision.

Saturday morning we enjoyed an unexpected treat… 9 holes of golf in Uganda.  

IMG_20170422_024028852I can’t remember a round I enjoyed more.

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We spent Saturday afternoon speaking with the first group of PCM graduates who are busy evaluating next-step life options following their December graduation.  

IMG_20170422_072335721Their dreams are God-sized, as is their potential when coupled with a heart-felt desire we heard loud and clear… to proclaim the name of Jesus to the lost, to help the hurting and disadvantaged, and to make disciples in various careers and contexts throughout Uganda and beyond.

IMG_4376It is no coincidence that their desires align so perfectly with the PCM vision, and with the dreams God has given PCM leadership.  

IMG_1297Their Ugandan teachers, pastors, and other leaders have multiplied themselves, leading hearts and training minds to create ripple effects that will impact thousands of people for generations.