Feeding a SEA of hungry souls in Uganda

A personal update from Paula, The Way Home’s outreach teacher in local village schools, where the majority are Muslim. As you can see the classes are large..but very hungry for this ‘new teaching’. The Gospel
“Praise Jesus, second term is nearing its end. I have 45 kids in primary four, 51 kids in primary five and in both classes 65 kids are saved 10 are not yet and the rest are not sure, am so far on lesson 10 with these two classes. These two classes are my very first classes in mail box series. on 28th-June-2016, i started teaching primary six which has 43 kids and i am now on lesson 6. These three classes are all from one school called Victoria Day and Boarding Primary School. I teach at this school two days a week on Tuesday(primary 6) and Thursday(primary 4 and 5) for two hours on both days. Similarly i started teaching at another school called Nabukone Primary School in term two. i handle only one class primary 5 which has a total of 172 kids whom i teach every Friday for one hour and i am on now lesson 4. A thorough report of these three classes will be sent when i finish all the lessons in each classes. I received 300 mail box books but i have a bigger number of children than the books. Attached are photos of the children.”

Pray for Paula:
That her joy will be contagious,
her perseverance unwavering, and the lasting Fruit…ABUNDANT!

Praise The Lord with us for this unlikely opportunity to share the only Truth that will satisfy hungry souls ????

Arriving in Uganda…



I like that…

There’s an immediate change in attitude that is pleasing. Ugandan’s value relationship. They know respect and are trained as very young children usually with some firmness that respect matters, being polite matters, and understanding other people have problems so “we don’t need to push or hurry them or condemn them for being late because there probably is a very good reason they are late. Even if the reason is not good, it’s ok”. Paramount is that they generally really really honor and respect their parents and grandparents. Uganda is a hot culture where people matter more. It’s changing, the West has it’s influences and many are good, but Uganda is changing, especially in the Capitol and larger cities. I witness more Ugandan’s speaking with one another in English! Just noticed that.


But the Village has been the same and is pretty much the same for centuries. The Way Home ministries work in the Village. What an interesting time and place to be serving the Lord as Missionaries in Uganda.


Today in Church one of our staff, Asaph, who is Ugandan of course, like me as being a visitor introduced himself. He said: “I am DeWuke, Asaph. I come from where I come from”. That brought laughter…. but how that struck me as so true. Asaph moved around a lot growing up the son of a Church of Uganda Pastor who has been transferred so many times from area to area within Uganda. Asaph with his siblings always moved with his parents. Such a young man, but wise beyond his years. I think he knows more of where he is going (in eternity), more of where he’s going than he realizes about where he’s been. This is how we want it to be for those with whom we share the Gospel Village. To know Jesus as Savior, and “to know what today and the future in Christ has stored up for me”. I love that. Of course, being the only white person, I was asked to speak. I introduced myself as Russ Baugh and “I come from where I come from”.


Alfred, our General Manager and Construction expert, and Pastor, driver, etc. etc. picked me up on time at the airport on Friday evening at about 11PM. We have already covered so much in our conversations, getting the most current news from his side and my side. We have prayed together, laughter, shook our heads at this and that. Alfred is a Kingdom builder. Like Asaph, he comes from where he comes from, but he knows where he’s going.

God Bless!



Alfred and Russ
TWH Manager, Pastor Alfred Naburdere and me 🙂



until we meet again Fred !

What a blessing it was for the staff and granny-families to have Fred & Heather with them; serving so selflessly…it is bittersweet for us too Fred Thank you SO much for sharing your time there with all of us through this blog…we feel like we’ve been on the back of your boda 🙂  see you again ‘soon OR forever” !!


Fred writes:  Today was bittersweet as it was our last day at The Way Home.  While today was sweltering and we’re tired and starting to look forward to coming home it will still be hard to leave this place and its wonderful people.  This morning Heather sped off on the boda to track down the last three grannies while I stayed behind and spent some time talking to director Russ about how our church might be able to assist him in what God is doing here.  Later in the day we had a very special treat as we were able to be present at a granny interview where she was informed that she would be receiving a new home.  Her son passed away and left her with three orphaned grandkids and she still has three daughters at home as well.  They are all sleeping in the round eight foot diameter hut pictured below.  They will soon have a 10′ x 30′ house, a new latrine and three years of training and assistance with their garden. Director Russ shared with them how God has a heart for widows and orphans and that there are people in America who love God and desire to obey Him and invest in the things that He cares about and that is how they are receiving their new home.  At the end of our time with them He then also had an opportunity, at the request of one of the Ugandan pastors who will be following up with the family, to share the way of salvation with them.  It was astounding to hear the sensitive, culturally relevant way in which he was able to share the Good News – Good News that began 2000 years ago in Palestine and now traveled to east Africa by way of North America.  Amazing stuff here.

At the end of the day we were treated by the Ugandan staff here at The Way Home to a traditional Ugandan dinner of mitoke (an un-sweet banana kind of thing cooked like mashed potatoes), greens, rice, potatoes and even some of Tom, one of the turkeys we’ve been watching strut around the yard all week.  It was great to sit down and break bread with the builders, farmers and pastors who work so diligently bringing shelter, food and Jesus to the people of Uganda.

this granny-family's original house for 7!
this granny-family’s original house for 7!
turkey dinner BEFORE :)
turkey dinner BEFORE 🙂
a Nasuti specialty local dish
a Nasuti specialty local dish

Barnstorming with Fred in Nasuti


Fred writes:  Yesterday we attended church at Acacia Community Church in Jinja, an open-air thatched roof church both reaching out to Ugandans and providing a place to worship for mzungu missionaries.  And led by a pastor from West Virginia no less – “Can I get an amen!!”  We then ate lunch at a little place called The Haven on the Nile river.  Last night I had the privilege of executing our first African rat.  Sucker was eating our bananas.

Today it was back on the bodas for a barnstorming run to 20 granny homes.  We have only three left which we will get to tomorrow morning.  One of the highlights was visiting a home where they had spent the very first night in their new home last night.  They were walking on air.  We went inside with the family and prayed a blessing on the home and that all who live there would know Jesus and look forward to the day when we all have a permanent home with Him.  We also visited a home with a shrine behind it where the clan keeps their demons -not just any demons mind you, specialty demons.  They give them a little house out back so they can call on them when they need them.  Handy, I suppose.  The granny there is a Christian but not all of her clan has followed in her footsteps, hence the continued presence of the shrine.  Pray for them to see the Light and turn from their old ways. 

I have a lot of time to think as I’m riding down the back roads and trails and today I was captured by thoughts about the masses of people I have seen, even out here in the bush.  Walking, riding bikes, standing around in the trading centers, carrying jerrycans of water, pushing old bicycles laden with everything from huge bunches of  bananas to massive bags of charcoal for their cook stoves, walking to and from school, laying around on their lawns with their babies (it was a scorcher today).  I wondered how many of them have heard of Jesus.  I couldn’t escape the question, ” If no one tells them, how will they know?”  There are so many great things going on here and yet so much still to do and so many lost who need to be found.

Tomorrow we’ll catch up with the last three grannies and then observe an “interview” with a prospective granny home recipient.

demon shrine     acacia community church

Out of the hearts of babes!

We’ve never even met Cassandra in person…

but already her reputation precedes her…at 10 years old!

We are always amazed and often amused at the ways God builds a team to take seriously His command to look after orphans & widows in their distress…

but when we came home one day to find this oatmeal container of cash donations from a lemonade stand for orphans…collected by the same young lady that celebrated her 9th birthday by requesting that people would please bring a donation for widows & orphans of THE WAY HOME instead of a present for her…we knew where the heart of her motivation came from 🙂

Praise God for His work in the hearts of Children for His Glory !

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31



Living in a third world country with it’s lack of infrastructure and conveniences is not always easy… add that fact to raising three young rough n tumble boys in that same 3rd world country!!


Here is a little snippet of the personal side of our missionary life in Uganda recently with our 6 year old grand/son Sam after a traumatic fall from a ‘fort’ that he persisted on sleeping in: buckle your seat belt!

a day in the best Uganda has to offer
a day in the best Uganda has to offer
How to delete sound & light in a Kampala traffic jamb??
How to delete sound & light in a Kampala traffic jamb??


JOURNAL: WEDNESDAY 3/27 “NO ER’s in Uganda!” Now 18 hrs. later… from the dark and quiet of our hotel room where we camp out closely observing our little Sam with great anticipation of his full recovery in due time (10 days to 5 weeks) I recall how the day began much louder… At 3 a.m. this morning when we were jolted awake by an awful thud…then silence…then terrible moaning from our 6 year old Samson who had fallen 8 ft. head first to his tile bedroom floor…I am shaking and speechless…as the color is gone from his face and the swelling of his whole face competes with the rise of the bumps on the back and top of his skull…God is with us…never left our side…just as He promises! we calmly just do the next thing on our minds…and call our EMT/missionary friend answers his phone!!! he makes a house-call at 3:30 a.m!!) to evaluate…pupils are reactive..good sign…”if he were mine…I would get a scan to make sure there are no ‘bleeds’ …oh my….the moaning continues…he says..”Nana my brain hurts…make it stop!!…it’s getting too big!”…We call our nurse/missionary friend…no answer….we continue with ice packs..and the vomiting begins…every 5 min…then we reach our doctor who says get him to Kla asap…we need to do a brain scan…see if you can get some Prednisalone to reduce the swelling…we pack…we pray…Our “nurse/missionary/friend” answers and’ happens’ to have the meds to reduce swelling…we pick it from her at 6:45 on our way out of town for the 2 hr.trip to Kampala….traffic… vomiting…praying…now MY head is pounding with sympathy pain…wishing it could be me and not him…wishing I could teleport our van..our Sam ..to a 1st world ambulance and a first world ER…away from the bumper to bumper traffic jamb that was keeping us from our best 3rd world resources for our little Sam ..so totally dependent on our making the pain ‘go away’…texts go out to our BIG family near and far for prayer…as the prayers begin the peace comes…and the answers…SCAN IS CLEAR! No bleeds!!! 1st world resources…might give me more immediate peace…the peace that the world can give…but the transcendent peace that passes all understanding has been ours from the moment we were jolted awake to this day that God had made. 18 hours later we still have a very sick boy…but we have great promise for his full recovery and great proof of our God who will never leave or forsake us…who is with us always…wherEVER He has planted us for such a time as this…THANK YOU BIG family for the part you played in our 3/27 from your knees 🙂 We love you

March 29th: GOOD FRIDAY 6:45 a.m. after-the-fall I am awoken with this monologue from my sleeping buddy in the hotel…Sam : “Nana…it’s morning-time and God has answered our prayers!!! I am normal again!!!!!…God healed me! I can see light and hear sounds and it doesn’t make me throw up…I’m normal Nana…….can we go swimming today ??? ” then without waiting for an answer…he turned over and went soundly back to sleep 🙂

Praise The Lord…He can see the light! … WE CAN ALL SEE THE LIGHT …Praise the Lord who hears and answers our prayers 🙂

April 1st: NO APRIL FOOLING :  just arriving home to Jinja after our emergency exit to Kampala for Sam…He is doing SO well! Just before arriving home tonight he said “Nana & Papa…do you know what the great news is??” we said ..what is it Sam? He says “that I can SEE the Sun without a headache… God heard all of the prayers of our friends and healed ME!”

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:16



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