Meet the January 2013 Team

Well…although it feels like we just got back from Uganda a few weeks ago (because we did), it is time to begin the preparations for our next trip this coming January.

We leave January 9th from Chicago and return the 23rd. As usual, our trip will include a layover in Amsterdam and an arrival in Kampala. We will spend an evening on the lake-shore of Lake Victoria before heading out on a several hour drive along some treacherous roads East past Jinja (the source of the Nile) and then north up to the Teso region of Uganda.

Our first stop will be the Bukedea CarePoint (just north of Mbale on the map below) where we will spend 4 days with the kids and community before heading north another 2 hours (some really treacherous roads) to the small city of Soroti and the tiny rural village of Ogoloi about 30 minutes outside of town. We will spend another 4 days in Ogoloi at the CarePoint before we head back down to spend an evening in Jinja and then departing again from Entebbe near Kampala.

Meet the Team
Once again we have an awesome group of people joining us from all walks of life. These trips, and the effects they have on peoples lives, are by far the most impactful part of what we are able to be a part of through Children’s Hope Chest and our sponsorship of these kids in Ogoloi and Bukedea. So it is with excitement that I introduce you to the team of people joining us for our January 2013 trip to Uganda.

Alissa Dietz

Alissa is a Real Estate Agent who currently lives in Cedar Rapids. Alissa (and her little guy in the pic – Tristan) have sponsored a gorgeous little boy – Lazaro in Ogoloi. She has also been a great partner to us in helping to raise awareness and support for our work in Bukedea and Ogoloi. We can’t wait for her to meet Lazaro, but also the rest of the kids she has worked so hard to love.

Anna Maloney

Anna’s sister, Ally, joined us on a trip to the CarePoints in December of 2011. Anna sponsors a young boy Alex who has suffered severely from a bladder control issue. He has recently received medial help through his sponsorship and some special gifts and is making terrific progress at the CarePoint. (Learn more about Alex). Anna’s dad Mark will be joining us as well.

Mark Maloney

Mark Maloney (from Cedar Rapids, Ia) has been a great supporter of our work in Ogoloi and Bukedea and has also been a generous contributor to our campaigns for the CarePoints. His family also sponsors 4 kids collectively and we are glad to have him joining us for this trip.

Joe Schafbuch 

Joe is my business partner in our Real Estate businesses and also my partner in our endeavors in Uganda through the Orphans of Teso. Joe has traveled to Uganda on 2 prior occasions with me but has not been in Ogoloi or Bukedea since we first visited the CarePoints in June of 2011. Both the kids and the community will be glad to see him again.

Jordan Funkhouser

Jordan and his wife Whitney (Joe’s daughter) sponsor Alice, Winifred, and Issac. This will be Jordan’s first trip to Africa and I am incredibly excited to have him along, both because he is a talented individual and a great resource for the CarePoints, but also because he promises to add significant comic relief to our travels.

Matt Swenson

Matthew is my brother in law (Jen’s younger brother) who traveled with us in December of 2011. They sponsor several kids in both locations and will be excited to return to see the kids. Last year Matt was “gifted a chicken” by one of the boys he sponsors during a visit to the family’s home. It was by far one of the funniest and heart warming moments of the trip. You can read more about the gift and what became of it here: I think I Just Got Gifted a Chicken. Matt was a champion last year at putting huge smiles on the kids faces with his non-stop antics and “play till you drop” attitude.

Tyra Swenson

Tyra is my sister in law and Matt’s wife. She is a mother of 3, a Mary Kay Director, and runs a day care out of her home. In her spare time she…..never mind 🙂

Tyra also joined us in 2011 and was an incredible asset to the team. She has a huge heart and is incredibly eager to go see her “kiddo’s” again.

Damon Swenson

Damon is Matt and Tyra’s eldest. At 9 years old he is the absolute envy of my two boys who can’t wait to travel with me to meet the kids they help sponsor.
Damon raised all the funds for his trip by selling donated items at a Ragbrai booth and by forgoing birthday presents from friends…they all donated to his trip instead. We are excited to have him come along to meet his African friends.

Gina McAndrews

Gina is the first of hopefully many Century 21 agents to join us in Uganda. Gina has traveled to third world regions before but this will be her first trip to Uganda.

Gina sponsors two little girls – Patricia in Ogoloi and Grace in Bukedea.

Dylan de Bruin (me)

Although this will be only my 5th trip back to Uganda and the CarePoints, it is rapidly starting to feel like I am travelling back and forth between my two homes and my extended family in Uganda. I am excited to have a full team of talented people again and hope to spend even more of my time this trip visiting with the community leaders and decision makers to help make headway relationally and with our future plans for development of both sites.

As always,  God has thrown together a hodge-podge group of individuals, some of which we know well, others who we haven’t even met yet. But this trip will be like all the others…and we know that after 2 weeks we will return as a family, bound by a mutual love and indelible experience of living out the gospel through by loving “the least of these” – Gods orphans, the fatherless, the meek and the broken – Gods children all.


Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’   The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25 vs. 31-46 


August 2013 Trip

If you would like to learn more about travelling with us to visit our almost 400 orphaned and vulnerable kids at the Bukedea and Ogoloi CarePoints we would love to fill you in on how you can join us.

Our partnership with Children’s Hope Chest and our strategic mission for these CarePoints is aimed at more than just providing for these kids.  Our goal is to facilitate the opportunity for our friends, family, and sponsors to travel to the heart of the African continent to be able to give not only their money through a $34 a month sponsorship, but also themselves – as they have the opportunity to provide love and affection to the kids that they sponsor.

Our heart is not only that we could provide hope to the children who we care for at these CarePoints, but perhaps equally important that we would open the hearts and minds of the American church (one person at a time) to the plight of the “least of these” in the world around us.

Our next trip will be in early August in 2013 and again in December or January of 2014.
Drop us a line for more info on the trip, and how you can get involved.

Dylan – 515 291-1006
Jen – 515 291-1897

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