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It’s a bus station, third world…dust and dirt surround the masses as they come and go in the high heat of Gulu, Uganda. The smell of food cooking in pots on the dusty ground mixes with the noise of those trying to scratch out a living selling their wares. Above the perimeter of shops is…

I love children’s books. One of my favorite books is entitled, “The Little Engine That Could.” In the book, a stranded train is unable to find an engine willing to take it up and over difficult terrain to its destination. Only the little blue engine is willing to try, and persistently tells itself over and…

I will never forget the day I met Frieda sitting alongside the road in a ditch. She was skin and bones and appeared to weigh 60 pounds, max! As I approached her, I thought, “Oh God, what do I do?” This frail, young lady had just left the nearby hospital. I quickly decided I should…

Aspiring young chefs are put to the ultimate challenge in Hell’s Kitchen, a reality television competition starring world-renowned chef, Gordon Ramsay. Chef Ramsay demands quality, and the intensity of the challenges is beyond anything the contestants can ever imagine. But if you think Ramsey’s kitchen is “hell”, you haven’t seen anything yet! What Ramsey and…

At the end of a church service, a young mom came forward with a very sick little girl and asked the Pastor to pray for her. He lifted her up in his arms toward heaven and asked God to heal the little child. The mother then took her baby girl and ran out of the…

Here is Hope’s story…The Acholi people in northern Uganda suffered unimaginable horrors at the hands of a terrorist group led by Joseph Kony. Under Kony’s command, 50,000 children were snatched from their villages and tens of thousands of people were raped, assaulted or killed. Although the war ended 10 years ago, the devastating effects of…

We are firmly convinced that our sisters around the world are in deep trouble. Daily life is a never-ending struggle just to survive. We have seen the battle for survival first hand as we have traveled the world, the plight of women in third world countries is appalling. The day-to-day grind of poverty is relentless; simple…

“About 68% of rural women and girls in third world countries cannot afford sanitary pads available in the market,” states a survey by global research firm AC Nielsen. Girls around the world in impoverished areas are forced to turn to unsanitary sources for feminine supplies including: leaves, bark, newspapers, mattress foam, old rugs, dirty rags,…

There is an emergency developing in China because of the lack of Bibles available for the house churches. Our Chinese partners  spent a year asking every house church network in the country for details on their need for Bibles. They found that they need a total of 34 million Bibles to meet the immediate needs…

Uganda is a beautiful country with fertile soil and favorable weather. It is also home to the second largest fresh water lake in the world and the longest river. And it has two growing seasons with two rainy seasons as well. It seems like it should be the Garden of Eden for farmers. Facts about…

Mama Ketty is a feisty, spry woman with closely cropped hair, a leathered face, deep set, dancing eyes and a strong spirit that never says “die.”  She is 83 and has endured a lot in her lifetime….more than any other women her age that I have met anywhere in the world. Her life has been…

One of my favorite things to do on every trip I take is to spend time with the locals, seeking to gain a deeper understanding of their daily lives.  As you can imagine, poverty has a way of crushing dreams because every ounce of energy goes into mere existence and survival which leaves little room…

Not all missionairies have farming on their agenda, but this missionary does.  Hunger is a global reality, and famine is a death sentence.  Relief is a necessity at times, but is not the long term solution to hunger.  Agriculturual development, however, is a solution. We have probably all heard the the expression “give a man…

I am speaking at a Women’s Spring Conference this Saturday, April 14th at 1:30 pm in St. Paul, MN.  Already over 1,000 have pre-registered.  Let’s get real!  This is a lot of women!  There will probably be more women at this thing than the population of my entire hometown.  I know beyond a shadow of…

Molly is the director of the jewelry business that Caylin and Kelsey, two college age girls from Grantsburg, Wisconsin, started in 2009. We call her “Momma Molly” because she has this uncanny ability to nuture woman wherever she is. Just being in her presence is enough to make you feel better about yourself, your life,…

How Will They Hear? This was a trip intentionally filled with the clear message that God is building His Kingdom with the people of northern Uganda and South Sudan. I am a firm believer that the Gospel Jesus taught and modeled was both the Good News of proclamation and the Good News of demonstration. His…

Mission Accomplished Our team of five from Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are finally home from our trip to Uganda. It has taken awhile to recover and have time to catch up on the blog so we can fill you in on some of the unforgettable stories we experienced. Through the faithful partnership of so many individuals and…

A Heart Condition The following blog is from guest blogger, Tiffany Hess- a member of Diane’s team “If God had to bring me to Uganda to hear this story today, then it was worth it all.” This thought actually crossed my mind as I sat in Gulu Bible Community Church, my heart heavy with love…

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