On this trip, I’ve really noticed how different the societies are between Uganda and the United States. You see on the commercials and you always hear about it. Especially when people found out I was coming to Africa, I was told how different it was here, but it never really sunk in until I saw it; until I saw the poverty, until I saw the despair. But yet even in all the despair, the people are able to enjoy. But in America, we don’t even have as much despair, and we have a better chance to succeed, yet we still don’t find as much joy as the people here do. That has really stuck out. We just don’t find as much joy as they do and they have lots less of a push towards hope.
The whole trip has been memorable, but one of the first ones was on
the first day we handed out beds at the second distribution site outside
of Gulu. There was a boy that came up to me and I was just loving on
him and playing with him and he was sitting in my lap. It was just
giggles and fun. Then December, the Health Alert Director, came up to
me and said, “Oh look. You have a kid. How great.” And I was thinking,
“Oh no, his mom probably loves him too much and is worried about him.”
but December told me, “Oh no, he is an orphan.” and it broke my heart.
Realizing that so many children were orphans, I was so much more
eager and on fire the next day just to love. Because if these children
don’t have parents to love them, they have to know love somehow,
somebody to care for them. That is something that all kids need. So,
the next day I was so eager. I couldn’t wait to get out there and find a
kid and give that kid my whole heart for those few moments, so that
maybe, just maybe they would know love and fill that void they might
have from not having a parent.
One thing I’ve really noticed this week, the one thing that has
really hit my heart is how much I take for granted. Sometimes I’ll just
look at my life and think that I have it bad. No, I have it GOLDEN,
and I’ve never taken the time to appreciate that and this trip has
really helped me to appreciate all that I have. Whether it be the love
of my friends and family, especially my parents, seeing all the orphans
makes me appreciate all the love that I have. It’s just shown me not to
take anything for granted because there really are people that would
love to have everything that we have, or just anything at all. I’ve
learned to stop and take a look at myself and try not to be just another
selfish American, and try to be a good witness like Jesus told us to.