Everyone occassionally needs encouragement. The challenges of life can leave you exhaused and questioning your purpose. My visits to Uganda are also great periods of introspection and personal development. Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing the right things with my life. I wonder if I’m using my skills and talents effectively and for the right reasons. I wonder if I’m fulfilling the destiny that I was created to accomplish.
I have been blessed with an incredible wife. Stephanie is my biggest supporter. She understands my committment to our friends in Uganda. She endures my passionate diatribes and shares in my concerns. Stephanie calls Africa my mistress. She’s right.
Every once in a while I get the encouragement that I need to move forward. It’s usually from Stephanie or a friend. Many times it’s from one of my African friends. During my last visit to Uganda in 2007, I received some encouragement from an unexpected source. I had sent a picture to the Clinton Foundation of one of the children reading “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World” by former President Bill Clinton. Stephanie had given me the book and I brought it with me to Uganda. The picture was posted on the Clinton Foundation website. A few weeks later I received a letter from Bill Clinton.
“Giving” | The Clinton Foundation
Hopefully I can be an encouragement to others. You never know when what you say or do will make a huge difference in someone’s life.
Blessed by Africa,