This Is Not Like TV (Mary Jo Bagley)

Mary Jo

At the end of the day, I sit here under my mosquito net in Gulu, Uganda, pondering the events if the last couple of days.  I’ve seen pictures on Discovery Channel and National Geographic depicting the simplicity of the lifestyle in Uganda.  Yet nothing could prepare me for the surreal experience of seeing it first hand.

Special needs children hold a special place in my heart.  The harshness of their lifestyle leaves no room for comfort for these severely mentally and physically challenged children.  My heart was heavy to see so many children with disabilities in one place, and knowing that for so long these needs have not been met.  The smiles on their faces and the excitement shown by the children and/or caregivers is something I will never forget.  Their smiles were infectious.  For the first time in their lives, they will go home and be able to sleep on a bed, under the so important mosquito net, while clutching the word of God.  No longer will they have to sleep on the hard, dirt floor of their huts.

And while there are still so many more children who need beds, the beautiful smiles of gratitude of those children I have seen this week have been ingrained in my mind and heart forever.

Mary Jo Bagley
Sweet Sleep Team Member

3 Comments on “This Is Not Like TV (Mary Jo Bagley)”

  1. Rosemarie Tyler

    I know it was hard for you with your tender heart to see such need. But wow what an impact this will make. As the story goes about the little boy who threw the starfish back into the sea…. There were so many of them that someone told him he couldn’t save them all in the world. The little boy replied that it WAS the world to that one starfish he threw back into the sea. We can’t do it all but we can do something. You have surely done something!! Love you and look forward to your return.

  2. Kurt Koehn

    Mary Jo,

    So glad that you could go to Gulu. Those little children are beloved by the Father and you were the hands and feet of Christ to them today. We need more hands and feet to go. I hope to be on the next trip. The beauty of God’s economy is that blessings that go around, come around, don’t they? Have a safe trip home.

    Kurt Koehn

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