"It's hard to believe we'll be leaving Uganda so soon. Our time at CVI has been both freeing and frustrating. I've felt helpless, not knowing how to best serve the girls here. I haven't been sure how exactly to relate. I'm going to continue to pray and try to connect with them. The work that God has been doing in the girls is amazing, I am grateful that I can witness the joy they have in praising Christ. Even if I do not leave a lasting impression on them, they have definitely left one on me. I am glad to be here. ~ Miria Cavalcanti"
"As I lay there in the red dirt of Uganda dressed in my Sunday best, the hot African sun beating directly overhead, I wondered how I ended up in this position. Beaten up. Bruised. Penniless. A pastor walked by. I moaned as loudly as I could. But she continued on her way. After that, a doctor passed by. I moaned again, trying to sound as pitiful as I could (which, under the circumstances, wasn't very hard). And then the good Samaritan walked by, did her best to pick me up (she was only half my size), and finally offered me her hand to help me to my feet. Sometimes things don't go according to plan here in Uganda. For example, when we all decided to go to a pentecostal church, we didn't expect to end up outdoors on a series of mats and tiny chairs, waiting for a congregation that was scheduled to arrive in two hours. And I never planned to be the victim in the story of the good Samaritan. Sometimes, though, or maybe even always, you accept and try to make the best of the change in plans. You laugh and hope that the Oscar-worthy performance you're giving will impact the children watching the bazungu (foreigners) gibbering in a foreign language. And sometimes, sometimes, if you remember it's not about your plan, but the plan of God, you open your eyes, and God does something wonderful. My friend Odong and I went preaching the other day in the market, which is really just a small shop, and somehow we ended up getting asked to leave. So we brought our evidence of one person to the grass outside and ended up meeting another man, who ended up receiving Christ. And I can never tell you enough how much I love that. It doesn't grow old. Following God is never comfortable, but he never ceases to amaze. ~ Wai Cheng"