My most recent missionary journey began in December of 2013 when the GOAL Board of Directors accepted an invitation of the counseling department of Uganda Christian University to partner with them for a yearlong Alcohol and Other Drug Community Awareness program. So once again I trusted that God would make it happen if we prayed, planned, and prepared.
them for a yearlong Alcohol and Other Drug Community Awareness program. So once again I trusted that God would make it happen if we prayed, planned, and prepared.
First, I invited my church and selected individuals to be my prayer partners. Next, I solicited individuals, clergy friends, and foundations for funds, recruited a teammate (Amy Sechrist), planned and executed fund raising events, and ordered and collected the educational resources needed. Many skype calls between the UCU team and our team occurred during the spring and summer months. Thousands of hours and eight months later we were ready to make our journey.
Our mission journey officially occurred from September 6-27th, 2014 when our GOAL team helped launch the Uganda Drug Free campaign in Mukono, Uganda , planted the seeds of an alcohol and drug policy for the Uganda Christian University campus of over 7,000 students, set up a resource center at the counseling center, and taught 40 hours of workshops for addiction counseling certification to 60 participants.
Amy went home and I flew to Nairobi, Kenya to attend the annual meeting with the newly formed USAWA_GOAL Network and launched the Tree of Life, Grace of God and Addiction Recovery book, to help with continued training of clergy and sustainability of community-based prevention in that African country.
Then back home to follow up and evaluate with a grateful heart.