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Jen asked me to share my personal blog posts and trip stories from my trip to Uganda in August. I posted them below and here is the link to the posts on my blog Bukedea Posts ~Lori Somers Bukedea Sponsorship It all started in December 2011, when I chose a little boy to sponsor in Uganda through Children’s HopeChest.  I knew nothing about this program or organization. But friends of my daughter were beginning to do… Read More

I wrote on the bus as we drove miles away from where we left our hearts.  What just happened to our large team?  We physically wept and bawled like babies as we hugged total strangers. Ah, but after living in their village and stepping foot in their huts, they are no longer strangers, but friends.   God gave me very different eyes for this trip. My sad, judgmental eyes were replaced with… Read More

There are moments in life when you look back and you know that they were defining, that they changed you, and that even if you tried, you couldn’t forget.  For me one of those moments was my trip to Uganda a few years ago.  I remember getting out of the van and being greeted by a sea of smiling faces and dancing feet all so excited to see me, even though we… Read More

I am inspired and cut to the heart by Isaiah 58—every time I read it, inspired and cut to the heart.  This chapter specifically speaks to people who are seeking God and seeking God through fasting.  There are three main points to this chapter.  It tells us to: 1) stop mistreating and taking advantage of people, 2) start caring for others and standing up for what is right, 3) look for the… Read More

Since we added the third CarePoint to the Orphans of Teso family the stop at each CarePoint will have to be a little shorter each time.  Our amazing team of 8 just finished up their 2 1/2 days in Bukedea and are now off to meet the new kids in Ongongoja. From what I heard they had a great couple days in Bukedea meeting the kids, singing, dancing, flying the drone, taking videos,… Read More

As a financially struggling divorced woman in her mid forties, God blessed me with vision and energy in raising my two adolescent children.  Sometimes in my exhaustion and indiscretion I would let thoughts slip out aloud, and they came back to haunt me. “Mama, are you really going to leave us and go to Africa where the children dance and sing all day?” I turned around to see the pained face of… Read More

It was June of 2011 when we first drove into the small village of Ogoloi. The long, bumpy, and treacherous journey there was only the final leg of a much longer journey that started years before when our hearts first began to sense the conviction that there was more to be done about the reality of more than a billion people around the world living on less than a dollar a day…. Read More

Well, another trip to Bukedea and Ogoloi has come and gone. Back to Work. Life. Bills. School. Soccer practice. Hiring. Firing. Exercise. Etc.  And as the “real world” slowly filters back in, and the CNN headlines, and latest political discussions, and 1st world problems, and local gossip begins to surround and engulf me, I feel the now familiar internal numbness that accompanies re-entry into my American life. I’m glad to be home,… Read More

We need your help! Several months ago I had posted a blog about a small family in a particularly dire situation at the Bukedea CarePoint. I say “particularly dire” because the reality is that every one of the families of the children supported at the CarePoint are living in sad and precarious situations. But the story that we encountered as we got to know this family broke our hearts. We agreed that… Read More

Our second day in Bukedea was entered into with admittedly less enthusiasm and energy from the team than we would all like, but 6 days with around 200 kids can really make a person feel old. That said, the team has really risen to the challenge of finding ways to connect with the kids in each of their own ways. There was baseball coaching, nail painting, dancing, and of course…football at all… Read More