|And speaking of our care team, they are amazing. Doreen, Vincent, Joseph, and Joe are outstanding at what they do. They love each other, they love God, and we love them. They work hard, they are humble, and they truly reflect the kindness of Jesus to the people. God smiled on Ourganda big-time when He sent this wonderful team.
Ourganda started with a ridiculous dream of creating mini “Blue Zones” in the villages we serve. You probably recognize that term from the studies that have identified five areas in the world where people are more likely to live to be 100 years old. Is it insane and outrageous to hope that can happen – over time – among the people who join our wellness clubs? (Never mind that the current life expectancy is in the high 30s or low 40s.) We don’t know, but we have to try. A parallel and equally exciting dream is to eventually make medical care available to not just three villages or even six, but to every one of the 600 villages in the Bundibugyo District.
We are learning, we are focused, and we are delighted at what God is already starting to do.
Having said that, the disappearance of our vehicle is a bump in the road. That’s all it is, but we have to deal with it so our team can function at full speed. And as I already mentioned, we are hoping you can help with a gift of any size to make a difference in the lives of the indigent persons.
What happened to the Land Cruiser along with medications, computer, printer, exam table, camera, and a bunch of other supplies that we brought from the U.S.? The director of the ministry with which we partnered to start the work fraudulently claimed that the vehicle is his. Like something straight out of a classic Humphrey Bogart crime movie, the thief showed up with bribed police and – at gunpoint – drove it away, apparently satisfied that he had enriched himself while stalling the medical work in the villages. Our attorney in Uganda has filed a court case against Health and Gospel Mission Africa (HAGMA) – the fraudulent NGO – but this may take some time to have the case heard and determined in court.