Pastor will speak in area after Ugandan mission trip
winchester — Local pastor and Shenandoah University assistant women’s soccer coach Joel Flower, as well as two university students, Kaylee Monninger (occupational therapy) and Kylie Pooler (pharmacy), traveled to Kampala, Uganda recently on a mission trip with La Mano of Hope.
They were part of a seven-person group, which left May 10 and returned May 18.
Flower led a soccer camp with Monninger’s assistance. The camp, for children from kindergarten to age 18, was split into four sessions and served approximately 150-200 children each day.
Pooler served as part of a medical team that saw more than 100 patients each day.
The group also provided food, clothing, shoes, soccer equipment, medicines and vitamins to the organizations they worked with during their trip, including a church, a school and an orphanage.
“It was an amazing experience for all of us,” said Flower. “The poverty was devastating, yet the people were filled with love and good spirits. We wish we could have done more, but trust that what we did made a difference in the individuals we saw in Uganda. It really makes you appreciate what we have here in the United States when you visit a community that has so little.”
It was a life-changing experience seeing people with so little have such loving and generous hearts, said Monninger. “I learned so much from the trip, and I would go back in a heartbeat.”
Flower’s church, Lifehouse Shenandoah, will host the Rev. Fred Mugambwa who will speak at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Best Western Lee-Jackson in Winchester.
Mugambwa is a pastor from the church the group partnered with in Uganda. Photos and videos from the trip will be presented and the mission team will have a chance to share their experiences during the service. A fellowship lunch and question and answer session will follow the service.
La Mano of Hope was founded in 2011 from a vision to mobilize individuals willing to volunteer time and resource in an effort to meet real needs in communities where resources are limited by founder Melissa Linn.
Lifehouse Shenandoah has services at 10 a.m. Sundays at the Best Western Lee-Jackson.