Michael Kiyaga We thank God for a wonderful mission trip in February 2013. One highlight of this mission was a young pastor from Philadelphia, PA who was visiting Africa for the first time. God used him mightily to teach over 50 pastors in various villages. Some walked a distance as far as 20 miles.away to hear him preach. Pastor Sutton was so inspired that he has committed his church to be apart of Adopt A Village Program and to take another trip in May 2014 to bringing several other pastors with him to see firsthand the need. Tower of Hope is searching for US pastors who wish to partner with usand the village churches in enabling the chidren of Uganda grow up to become healthy, well educated independent people. If this is something you feel that you wish to be involved in we welcome your questions.
2013 Lori B. When there are seven years between the time you realize that the Lord is sending you to Africa and the specific time and trip that you will be going is revealed this gives you a lot of time to imagine what you will do and see, how a mission trip would be and who you might meet. Well, all of this went right out of the window when I booked this trip. I imagined dancing and laughing with little children, sitting down talking to women and maybe doing some arts and crafts with the kids- then coming home and picking right up where I left off.....well, some of this did happen, but not this picking right up where I left off part. There was an element to the trip that I had no interest in at all and that was the mobile medical clinics. I am not a doctor or nurse and I try to avoid seeing them as much as possible. I am not a pharmacist and know nothing about distributing medication. Much to my dismay I discovered that the whole team participated in the clinics. But, I thought, if God calls you go and don't complain and off I went. I was so struck by the large scale- needless suffering in these remote areas! In the photo to the right you will see a man who has what is known as the' jiggers'. In the US where I am from this would not even become an issue. You would put on some bug spray and never know you came into contact with them but if somehow you did, it would be a simple matter of a pair of tweezers and a few minutes. In a remote village where there is no medical or any type of hygienic education, medical professionals, or supplies this can become life threatening situation. A jigger is a member of the sand flea family, but instead of biting you and hopping off, they burrow into the skin and breed and you are the lucky host. This man already can't walk weithout pain and is well on his way to amputation or worse without treatment. I am now so grateful for doctors offices and pharmacies that I've always tried to avoid and volunteer at the Tower of Hope to try and make things better for these people. And I can tell you that playing with the kids was much more fun than seeing sights like this, but no matter where I go and what I do, this man and his dilema stays with me always. I am blessed and changed for ever as you will be too if you venture out to do something wonderful for the Lord. Back to Trip Highlights
" Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."James 1:27 Tower of Hope International Ministries is a nonprofit 501 C3 organization who's mission is empowering & assisting pastors in providing guardianship through love, compassion, and better quality of life for the orphaned and disadvantaged children of Uganda, East Africa.