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The clinic site

The clinic site

Hello all!

Some people have wondered about my parents and their time in Uganda and what they’re doing. So here you go:

Uganda is a gorgeous African country with wonderful people and a thriving church. However, like most countries, there are troubles. One, there is a lot of poverty. Also, there is corruption in medical areas. For example, doctors and nurses will leave a patient to die (quite literally) if they are not first paid and likely bribed as well. On the flip side, if money is not demanded prior to treatment, many patients would not pay anything after treatment is given. Another trouble is a negligent, unkind, undertrained and ultimately traumatic medical system for when women give birth. The maternal and baby death rates are awful.

Therefore, Mom and Dad have been willing to uproot their comfortable lives here in the states to be facilitators for a group trying to build a Women’s Health Clinic in Uganda. The clinic will serve local women and also be a prototype of improved maternal care. At this time, my parents have worked to make the house on the clinic property livable. This project is finished, though water, electricity and mosquitos are still a problem. Also, the clinic property is properly fenced and gated, a reputable contractor has been located and plans for the clinic are being reviewed, modified, reviewed, and modified again as counsel is sought and taken. The process is very interesting! There are so many details.

Anyway, this project is not fully funded. Many people are standing behind the project, including our family, and if God wills, more will come alongside. If nothing else, I am honored to be gaining the heritage my parents continue to create as they serve God and others above themselves. We are blessed through them as we witness the good friendships that have been developing. A number of small gifts of food and clothing and medical payments have gone through them as they witness situations and give whatever they can. I know that I and they covet your prayers for wisdom as they go about each day.

Here are a few links and pictures if you’d like to stay in touch:

The “umbrella” ministry is a small non-profit called Next Generation Ministries. This medical clinic is not their usual ministry, but they are excited to see it beginning. (Donations can be made via paypal or by check)

Facebook page for the Women’s Health Clinic

Mom and Dad’s blog (in case they decide to begin updating it again in all their *cough* free time)

This sweet Mama was paralyzed from the waist down due to an improperly done c-section. She has since lost part of her foot due to lack of sensation.

This sweet Mama was paralyzed from the waist down due to an improperly done c-section. She has since lost part of her foot due to lack of sensation.

Visiting with some good friends at their house.

Visiting with some good friends at their house.

The wall around the clinic compound getting built...

The wall around the clinic compound getting built…

A picture of Mom and Dad walking into a courtyard in Uganda after church
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A picture of Mom and Dad walking down a hill in the rain in the US when they visited in April!
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Guinea

Guinea Pigs that is.

Anna is now the proud owner of Sonya and Scarlet, two cute guinea pigs we found on craigslist.

I know... they are so cute!

I know… they are so cute!

Meeting the guinea pigs for the first time! (Brian picked them up on the way home from work)

Meeting the guinea pigs for the first time! (Brian picked them up on the way home from work)

Awwwwwwwww

Awwwwwwwww

All set up! Everything the other family had and the guinea pigs $20.

All set up! Everything the other family had and the guinea pigs $20.

All smiles.

All smiles.

Now there is hay inside all the time!

Now there is hay inside all the time!

Wish I got the picture when they were both sitting in the box.

Wish I got the picture when they were both sitting in the box.

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Yes he did!

Some of the hard parts about helping Jordan are how few things motivate him, how few things he prefers, how few treats we can offer…

Thanks to Yummy Earth organic suckers… well, we have a sucker that goes IN the mouth for several minutes before being thrown!!!!

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A Walk in the Park

Some things are not a walk in the park. Here is Grandpa, Dad (Jeff) and the girls together. Grandpa recently lost his second wife to cancer. We miss Nancy a great deal. I am glad Grandpa came for a visit.

Family

Family

Treasures

Treasures

Snuggles for Great-Grandpa

Snuggles for Great-Grandpa

Other things come so quickly! Like the eighth birthday party of my firstborn and her first sleepover.

Playing with Jordan

Playing with Jordan

Resurrection roll birthday cake?

Resurrection roll birthday cake?

Eighth birthday!

Eighth birthday!

First loose tooth

First loose tooth

Elsa

Elsa

Some things truly are walks in the park. And that is true even when you run out of breath.

Here we go again!

Here we go again!

This is a very big fir tree!

This is a very big fir tree!

The slowest person on the walk is the person who takes the most photos......

The slowest person on the walk is the person who takes the most photos……

Maggie with her Grandma and Grandpa

Maggie with her Grandma and Grandpa

Anna with her Grandma and Grandpa

Anna with her Grandma and Grandpa

I have a hard time not laughing at this one.

I have a hard time not laughing at this one.

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Similar…

My Mom and Dad

My Mom and Dad

Salmonberry

Salmonberry

Cuties

Cuties

What's in there?

What’s in there?

Vetch?

Vetch?

What is this?

What is this?

Nettles

Nettles

Carolyn with her Grandma and Grandpa

Carolyn with her Grandma and Grandpa

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God’s Beauty

I was treated (by my husband!) to a full day spent with my family – My parents, my brother and his girlfriend, my uncles and aunts, sister and family, grandma…. it was a really special day. Thank you, Brian for letting me experience all that quality time.

I got to drive down with Neal and Stephanie to Jerry’s where we had a weenie roast in the rain (no joke!) and then we went to Glen’s lakefront property at Dorena to hunt for Lady Slippers. Between a heart soaking to full like a sponge with family time and eyes and heart expanding with awe at God’s creation and then a really good heart to heart with my parents on the way home… well, it was a good time.

Let me share a few photos of some of what God shared with me that day:

We brought the food in out of the rain to eat!

We brought the food in out of the rain to eat!

I can't remember what this is called

I can’t remember what this is called

Walking from the road towards the lake.

Walking from the road towards the lake.

What is this?

What is this?

Our God is beautiful.

Our God is beautiful.

He is so creative.

He is so creative.

He leaves me full of wonder.

He leaves me full of wonder.

This is a lady slipper!

This is a lady slipper!

This is what you call... healthy moss.

This is what you call… healthy moss.

Trillium! They take 7 to 9 years from seed before they are mature enough to produce a bloom.

Trillium! They take 7 to 9 years from seed before they are mature enough to produce a bloom.

What is this called?

What is this called?

What is this called?

What is this called?

I have a hard time finding giant slugs beautiful, but they are pretty amazing!

I have a hard time finding giant slugs beautiful, but they are pretty amazing!

My beautiful sister with her fourth baby, little Noralie.

My beautiful sister with her fourth baby, little Noralie.

It was wonderful to have children with us as we explored.

It was wonderful to have children with us as we explored.

My daddy

My daddy

Hudson marching to the (silent) beat of his own drum

Hudson marching to the (silent) beat of his own drum

Standing over the lake

Standing over the lake

Keeping Felicity safe from the steep edge

Keeping Felicity safe from the steep edge

Love!

Love!

Family on family property

Family on family property

This moss was something else.... it is even stretchy! Actually, is it moss or lichen?

This moss was something else…. it is even stretchy! Actually, is it moss or lichen?

I wish I could somehow express the scale of this tree better. Incredible.

I wish I could somehow express the scale of this tree better. Incredible.

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