Welcome to flashback Friday, as always featuring beautiful portraits of the cutest children. We truly enjoy the process of looking back through the years & seeing just how far we’ve made it! Some of those featured have encountered struggles, but that simply makes their smiles all the more divine.
Continue reading “The Amazing Kids of ROWAN: Raymond”
As someone who loves to read and write, I love words. A perfectly-turned phrase can make my heart go zing. String those phrases and sentences together and we can read or listen to something that makes us laugh, cry, fume, gasp, and absorb.
In 2019, there are A LOT of words out there. Because they are available to us 24/7/365, they can overwhelm and cause us to turn away. Or cause us to only turn to memes about dog, cats, and Marvel movies.
We can get desensitized to what we read and hear and it’s understandable. This can cause us to take in diluted meaning and truth, or put a hand up to say, “Stop”. Sometimes a break is good. And sometimes forcing ourselves to slow down and ponder the truth of what we are reading is also good. We’ve known for a long time now what AIDS is, but have you read the definition lately? I looked at the meaning of each word in the name ROWAN and it stopped me short. Please read what each of the words in the ROWAN title means. From Webster’s Dictionary:
RURAL: of or relating to the country, country people or life, or agriculture
ORPHANS: a child deprived by death of one or usually both parents
WIDOWS: a woman who has lost her spouse or partner by death and usually has not remarried, or whose spouse or partner leaves her alone
AIDS: a disease of the human immune system that is characterized cytologically especially by reduction in the numbers of CD4-bearing helper T cells to 20 percent or less of normal thereby rendering the subject highly vulnerable to life-threatening conditions (such as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia) and to some (such as Kaposi’s sarcoma) that become life-threatening and that is caused by infection with HIV commonly transmitted in infected blood especially during illicit intravenous drug use and in bodily secretions during sexual intercourse
NETWORK: a usually informally interconnected group or association of persons; a fabric or structure of cords or wires that cross at regular intervals and are knotted or secured at the crossings
Whether you are part of the ROWAN family or just learning about Eastern Uganda, to pause and understand what ROWAN is, what each word in the name means, is a good thing. It helps us remember in the 21st century glut of words that we can look clearly at the people in the village, at their pain and their hope, at their knotted and secure relationships with God and each other, and know the truth. The words of ROWAN allow us to learn and help and not turn away.
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Given it’s equatorial location & abundant fresh water, the sheer density of wildlife in Uganda can make your head spin. There are (way) over 1000 confirmed bird species found in the country alone. And what birds, some of them look like runway models! We have already looked at the Violet-backs, Red-wings & Wattled Starlings, so today lets meet another member of the starling family, the Superb Starling (or Lamprotornis superbus). Continue reading “Birds of Uganda – Superb Starling”
May 12th is Mothers Day in Uganda, a day for being thankful & showing appreciation to an important person in everyone’s life, their mother. We’d like to take this opportunity to say happy mothers day to all the mothers of Uganda (& beyond). Continue reading “Happy Mothers Day Uganda!”
Welcome to flashback Friday, one of our favorite days of the week, as we feature portraits of the amazing people of ROWAN. Each one of the people in these portraits is absolutely dear to our hearts & we think the photography is sublime. Some of those featured have encountered struggles, but that simply makes their smiles all the more divine.
Continue reading “The People of ROWAN: Namusubo”
Welcome to another wayback Wednesday, today featuring some beautiful portraits of the cutest child. We are really enjoying the process of looking back over the years & seeing just how far we’ve come! Some of those featured have encountered struggles, but that makes their smiles all the more divine.
Continue reading “The Amazing Kids of ROWAN: Moses”