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10 Things I’ll Never Forget About Uganda

Last night, I hopped a plane from Kampala to Mombasa, and now I’m blogging from my phone in the bush. It’s all part of my African adventure.

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As I look back on the past whirlwind of a week, there are a few things I will never forget:

  1. The private plane ride from Entebbe to Lira that threatened to remove every breath from my lungs during the flight.
  2. The day I met my sponsor child and finally understood the significance of such a seemingly simple choice.
  3. The beautiful, mile-long walk in the bush to fetch water.
  4. Watching the girl who refused to crack a smile finally dance like there’s no tomorrow.
  5. The man who stayed to take care of his family and the hope we saw in his eyes, in his house, and in his business.
  6. The time a 20-member brass band welcomed my friends and me to the worst slum in Uganda with our very own parade.
  7. The green rolling hills and the smells and colors of the country.
  8. The time I met a former child soldier.
  9. When I heard the most eloquent sermon ever delivered by a thirteen-year-old preacher.
  10. The moment I realized what this was all about and what my words were really worth.

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Thank you for your prayers, your comments, and your concerns. And thank you to those who sponsored a child. You’ve made more of a difference than you realize.

(By the way, my offer from the other day still stands.)

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My journey continues in Kenya. I’ll share more soon. In the meantime, check out the rest of the team’s posts and take an important step in changing the life of a child living in poverty.

For those who have followed along, what was your favorite moment of the trip? Share in the comments.

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  • Amanda Lynne Murtagh

    I think my favourite part of the trip was really every part where hope was playing a huge role. It particularly hit home for me when you reminded us how much words meant to people. The family that pulled out that simply written letter. Those that don’t write. It has me thinking about how someone like myself with barely enough money to survive and too sick to have energy to volunteer in person can reach out to make a difference with words. I have cried and smiled through yours posts and have hope for them and myself through it all. I look forward to the next leg of your journey and your well written posts.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      that was my favorite part, too. ;)

  • Kim de Blecourt

    Jeff-Thank you posting your journey so very well. You inspire people to care. I get so busy during my journey’s that I forget how much it can mean and how God can use everything he shows us, especially abroad. I look forward to reading more.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Awesome, Kim. I can’t wait to share!

  • Jenn

    I’ve really enjoyed all your posts this week, Jeff. Thank you for going and thank you for sharing your heart throughout this amazing week. Thank you also for highlighting the importance our letters play in our sponsorship! Looking forward to your posts from Kenya!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Jenn!

  • Shirley Brittenum

    What a blessing to have had such an experience!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      It really was. I feel so fortunate.

  • Joy

    My favorite post was the one of hope. I will never forget it, because I see it daily, and you put it into words that speak exactly what I see,

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Joy. That means a lot.

  • Ebele

    I enjoyed the part where you asked them what they do for fun and they said that everything they do together was fun. It was simple and profound. And I am impressed that you manage to blog so often even from the bush. LOL. Looking forward to the rest of your trip.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Wasn’t that great?

  • http://voxiemedia.com/ Debbie Weil

    Jeff, enjoying your Uganda report and photos. By happenstance, I’m heading to Uganda in several weeks, to travel a bit and then volunteer at a vocational school and women’s micro finance project in Bududa, Uganda. V. excited! http://bududa.org/

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      That is awesome, Debbie! IT’s a beautiful place.

  • http://www.kenzimmermanjr.com/ Ken Zimmerman Jr.

    Jeff, I was struck by how people who have such little material wealth could have so much but people with great material wealth can have so little. Thanks for sharing your experiences and caring.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      You’re welcome, Ken. It was a pleasure. Thanks for reading.

  • Ian

    Jeff – thank you for sharing your Ugandan adventure with us. Amazing. Thank you for inspiring us to reflect on how we can share more of God’s love in the world.

    Bless you and the other bloggers.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      you’re welcome, Ian.

  • http://www.yvonnereynolds.com/ Yvonne Reynolds

    Your #4 made me smile! My favorite moment from the trip? Can’t even begin to pick just one!! All of you have shared your hearts this past week, I have loved following along with your posts!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Wait till you see the video. ;)

      • http://www.yvonnereynolds.com/ Yvonne Reynolds

        Oh, a video? Looking forward to it! :)

        • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins
          • http://www.yvonnereynolds.com/ Yvonne Reynolds

            Loved it! And don’t you just love the smile of a child, warms my heart! :)

  • Dee

    I have similar experiences with my work in Uganda. Our group info can be found at http://www.friendsoftouch.org

  • Alysha Miller

    I loved it ALL! Uganda had a special place in my heart, as my sponsored child is from there! Thank you for going and giving hugs and loving on those children on my behalf! It motivates me to get there one way or another. :)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      You’re welcome!

  • Kulandai Swami

    Thus spake God to Jeff Goins: THROUGH MOSES MY SERVANT I GAVE TEN COMMANDMENTS. NOW, JEFF, MAKE IT ELEVEN WITH THIS ADDITION, YOUR FAVOURITE : “SPONSOR A CHILD OF YOUR CHOICE!” AND SO, FROM NOW ON, MY COMMANDMENTS SHALL BE KNOWN AS ‘THE ELEVEN COMMANDMENTS OF GOD.’

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    You’re going to Mombasa next? That’s where my family is from :) Be sure to go to the coast and ride a Camel on the beach!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Beautiful place.

  • Kennajames

    Hey Jeff,

    Just wanted to say thank you for putting out the blogging challenge at the start of January. It motivated me to meet the challenge and write everyday on a consistent basis. Many people who have read my blogs have expressed appreciation and gratitude for my writing. I pass those sentiments on to you as you were the one that affected this effort.

    Thank you,

    Kenna James

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      You’re welcome!

  • bonnierose

    I read every one and the ones fr your fellow bloggers. I sponsored a beautiful young woman named Sarah this week all because of yours and others’ blog posts. thank you for doing the work of Jesus. Thank you for catching a glimpse. I hope to be a blogger and do this too one day, meet my sponsored child. We are His hands and feet. Loved it all. xo

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      That is SO cool, Bonnie. Thanks for your generosity!

    • emily p freeman

      Bonnie, thank you for joining us in sponsoring a child in Uganda! I hope you get to meet Sarah one day, too.

  • http://mtinnercircle.com Kathy Nicholls

    Jeff, thank you for these updates. What a blessing they have been to read. Your stories have led my husband and I to also sponsor a wonderful child named Ntale this week. I am so looking forward to it.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Wow. Thank you, Kathy!

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

    Beautiful, Jeff. I especially like #4 on your list of the girl dancing. We actually just had a Compassion representative visit our church this morning and he shared his story of growing up on the streets of Uganda. Amazing story of hope.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Wow!

  • Jane Kavuma- Kayonga

    Jeff
    I am a Ugandan living and working in Botswana. It gives me a lot of hope and joy to see someone like you caring about the children of my country. You are a blessing to the child you are sponsoring. Thank you very much for caring and opening a whole new world of love, opportunities and choices to these children. I was thrilled to read about my country.
    Thank you. Jane

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thank you, Jane. I couldn’t help it. Your country is beautiful, as are her people.

  • http://www.positivewriter.com/ Bryan Hutchinson

    Simply amazing, Jeff! I’ve been following along and I have to say I really was inspired about the walk to get water and the sense of community you wrote about. Sometimes I think we’ve lost a bit of the true sense of community in the modern world. Thanks for sharing with us!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      You’re welcome, Bryan. I’d love to hear more of your perspective on lessons learned living as an expat in Germany.

  • normanprather

    I have not had the opportunity to follow your posts. However I’m glad you are learning so much on your trip. I spent 4 years in Somalia and it changed me forever. I hope this trip will do the same for you. Enjoy Mombasa.

  • Sarah Lorain

    Jeff, thanks so much for sharing this adventure! I’m going to be going to Uganda in a couple months and I have loved reading your stories about it(:

  • http://www.WishListMember.com Stu McLaren

    Excited and proud of you buddy. My first trip to Africa transformed my view on business and gave it a much greater meaning. It sounds like the same has happened to you. Here’s to making more money and having more impact!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Amen!

  • http://www.reflectionsfromthealley.org/ Dave Arnold

    Truly incredible, Jeff. As I’ve read your posts I’m reminded of the importance of simplicity.

  • http://www.darrenherbold.com/ darrenherbold

    Jeff,

    So thankful for your posts. Specifically, thank you for modelling what a life changing life looks like in a simple and impactful way. Everyone can make a difference and our lives our suppose to be lived on purpose for a purpose…and that purpose is always more than just about ourselves! Thank you!

  • Lori Robinson

    Hi Jeff, I have just discovered your wonderful sight. As a writer and blogger about wildlife and wild places, especially Africa, I am excited to be connected here on my levels. Lori from AfricaInside.org

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