Our family will be leaving for Uganda on May 24th (Saturday) and be returning on July 10th.
During that time we will have several projects, but most of them will involve loading up in our van (and others if needed) and traveling out to rural Uganda to set up medical care for many underserved villages.
During our time there, I hope to host 2 or 3 two week teams that come over from the US. I know that many of you cannot possibly be gone for 6 weeks, but if you know in advance, you could possibly swing 2 weeks.
These are rough estimates but here are some numbers and dates:
1.) First team would go over with us on May 24th and return on June 7th.
2.) Second team would leave DFW on June 6th and return on June 21st.
3.) The best flights, right now, are with British Airways leaving from Dallas, stopping in London and then on to Uganda. Price for the first team is between $1,500 & $1,600 per ticket (round trip) right now. Price for the second team will likely be about $2,400 for flights as the tickets get more expensive in the Summer because of more demand. I can hold tickets and prices right now if you are committed to going.
4.) Ground expenses are truly a guess until we know the # of people and where we are going with each team. If I remember correctly, the expenses were about $100 per person per day, for our trip last year. This includes transportation, lodging, & most meals. There would be occasional eating out, shopping, or safaris that would be extra.
5.) We will likely operate 8-9 days of clinic in the 14 days and also give you a taste of some of the Ugandan sites in the area. This will not be a vacation or a tour. We will be getting our hands dirty providing medical care and showing God's love to the people of Uganda. You don't have to be medical to go, as we can find jobs for anyone willing to work. Students can go pending discussion with me. Many mission teams are herded on buses from one spot to another in a somewhat sheltered environment. I think that we get a more hands-on, true feel for taking care of people and living in Uganda.
6.) We will have team meetings on most nights where we will talk about the day and the "That One Person" that came across our path during the day. We will also likely work our way through a devotional book together that deepens our Walk and grows us closer together as a team.
I am convinced that you will be "ruint" once you get a taste of medical missions. I think it is a tremendously positive thing for high school or college students to experience how most of the world lives and to get a new perspective on things. We love having students interested in medicine as a career. They are able to get up close and personal with treatment of patients and see if it is what God made them for.
We will only be able to take 20 people on each team, and that includes my family. Housing and travel is limited in most of the places that we go.
Hope this helps you to start thinking and praying about going to Uganda or elsewhere to serve in the mission field. We will plan team meetings in the spring to answer questions and get everyone ready. We can review immunizations etc at that time. Please let me know if I can answer further questions. Even if you can't go, please start praying for our team.
1 in 5 Ugandan children dies before their 5th birthday. What if YOU could reach "That one person"?