Team Reflections from Shelby Flowers....

It’s hard to put into words the joy I experienced while in Jinja, Uganda. I have felt called to go to Africa for years but nothing could I have prepared me for the endearing and captivating people of Jinja. My team and I were exposed to the poverty and needs of the people, but we were also exposed to people who are eager to better themselves and to learn new things. It was refreshing to be surrounded by those who are longing to hear the gospel and pining for new trades that will improve their community. Jinja is truly a treasure and God is definitely at work in the lives of the Ugandan people.
For me personally, I found peace in loving on the kids. Whenever the team would visit Masese the kids would see our van coming and they would run toward us in the hopes of holding our hands. Having three kids attached to each arm is quite normal  in Masese. We would play games, sing songs and rejoice. They couldn’t possibly know the impact they had on us. What a blessing they were!
However, there is something to say about the amazing work of Tina and her Heal Ministries teams. It takes a patient woman to seek out people the way she has. Her ability to build relationships and gain trust is a remarkable sight to see. Her mere presence starts an uproar amongst the children in the villages and at Canaan Children’s Home, and it was encouraging to see her interactions with the people. 
Overall this trip was life changing and enlightening. It has caused me to see life through a new lens. The people of Uganda strive to make tomorrow better than today, and that is an earnest state of mind. This place is truly remarkable but it is the people that will keep me coming back in the years to come.
"Love must be sincere. Q)">Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. S)">Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, U)">serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, V)">patient in affliction, W)">faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.  Y)">Practice hospitality."  Romans 12: 9-13