<![CDATA[Although it started like all the other days, day 3 on our Ugandan mission trip was entirely different than the other days. Brooke led the morning devotion then we were off on a one-hour drive to the northwest. As we arrived, the people were assembled and waiting out on the main road and escorted the van into the village as they sang, danced and chanted along the way. As each member of our group tried to get off the van, they were mobbed by a loving and grateful group from the community. It was difficult for each person to get through the door because of the crowds pushing toward the van door. I was the last to exit and I began to get a strong sense that the spirit had come before us to prepare this location and these people for something special. As each person stepped out, they were engulfed in a sea of warmth and love. Hugs and greetings abound! Yet, there was a level of despair and sadness there that was unlike the other communities. As I stepped off, a young girl around six or seven years old grabbed my hand, and she would not let go. As we were seated by the community leaders in our customary configuration to watch the introductory dances and formal welcome, the girl got right in my lap and that is where she stayed. It was not long before a younger little girl joined her in my lap. How precious they were! The spirit was so evident there as the formalities continued. As usual, Madelene was asked to participate in the ritual and she easily became one of them. Madelene and Kurt engaged in a contest to see who could roll up and tie a bed the fastest. Kurt gave a good effort, but Madelene easily won. We followed this with our malaria education skit, some songs, and Jennifer and Amy sharing the gospel. They were wonderful and very prepared. Many people prayed to accept the Lord as they led a prayer of invitation. Thank you dear Lord! After all of that, it was time to play with the children. What a blast! Once we finished with playtime, the bed distribution began. I was struck by how many disabled children there were in that village.