29 Apr

Visit to Village of Hope

This past October, Ed and Wendy Bjurstrom and their daughter Stina Bjurstrom, RN, headed out to Africa once again. This was their first visit to Village of Hope Uganda since we began supporting their medical clinic.

“In Uganda, you are born poor and you die poor.” Florence had tears streaming down her cheeks as she shared her story with Wendy. A Ugandan woman living near Village of Hope, Florence shared her small, round hut with her husband, children, and 14-year-old cousin, Scovia. The Lord’s Resistance Army killed Scovia’s father and her mother died when Scovia was very young. The family eats only one meal a day, of posho and beans. Their faces are like so many in Uganda – tired and hungry, yet still smiling. In the face of this poverty, in the face of the terror left over from the 23 year war against the LRA, in the face of displacement and disownment, in the face of a past filled with abuse, murder, and starvation, Wendy continually saw a deep thankfulness that rarely surfaces in our own blessed American culture.

WendyandScoviaWhile in Uganda, Wendy met Scovia and shared school supplies

When the Bjurstrom’s visited Village of Hope in October, they brought bags filled with medical supplies. Dr. Mac and Nurse Susan, employed at the medical clinic, were extremely thankful to receive these supplies, as well as the Compassion Tea that the Bjurstrom’s brought along to share. We at CompassioNow are also extremely thankful to our supporters. Together, through the Lord’s providence, we are saving lives in Uganda!

Ed and Wendy share some Compassion Tea with Dr. Mac and Nurse Susan

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