I'm SO VERY GRATEFUL for the amazing people that God has placed in my life who have been teaching me on my journey to want to help the orphans and widows.
I was completely IGNORANT just a couple of years ago.
Had a good heart -
but there's DEFINITELY a good way to help and a bad way to help!
Roughly, the bad way makes people dependent on continual help.
The good way is to EMPOWER people to help themselves.
On this last trip I felt I got a crash course in holistic, effective GOOD community development and aid. It was amazing! I just soaked everything up!!!
Especially this wonderful couple
who embraced me as part of their family
taught me so much!!!
I even saw a coal-operated iron for the first time!
I had brought my Sunday clothes to their house so I could iron them,
but since there was no electricity, Fred prepared this iron -
In the end, we didn't need to use it as electricity decided to grace us once again.
And - as a matter of fact - a young man named Gideon, a family friend who was over at the house, offered to do the ironing for me!
It seems that Ugandan young men all know how to iron!
I guess it's kinda important for them to learn it, if they don't want to get eaten up by the mango-flies (through non-ironed clothes)
Here's an excellent clip that sums up so well what good aid really is!