They are Hidden but Not Forgotten

Uganda Boy Plays Cards in the Dirt
Uganda boy playing cards in the dirt
Uganda boy playing cards in the dirt

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

This is how our team started the day today.

This verse from Isaiah was on all our hearts as we headed two and half hours out of our comfort zone, into the Ugandan landscape, to visit some children that we have been praying for and about, for months now. Words just can’t describe the day we had today. How do you explain the heart of God in the midst of nine people who only want to follow a call that none of us seemed to understand, and in many ways, still don’t? I know there are just some days when you can feel God’s presence moving and working more than others. I think we all go through days like that when we feel farther away from God’s presence, and then there are days, like today, where God’s presence is so tangible that you wonder how you can keep time from moving forward.

Today we visited the first of two very special children’s facilities in Uganda, escorted alongside a ministry group that has been working very hard over here to be the salt and light to these very special children. We spent the day interacting with these kids, and we worshiped with these kids in a way I don’t think any of us expected. There wasn’t a praise and worship chorus sung, there weren’t any lights or electricity, it was just a few African drums and the voices of about 100 people, mostly kids, singing in a way only the Joy of the Spirit can provide.

The photos here (and this text) represent our day at this facility today in a way that is meant to show part of what we experienced throughout the day. These weren’t the photos I liked necessarily, they were the photos that the entire team picked out to include. As if the day wasn’t incredible enough, all nine of us waded through about 1,500 images and narrowed them down to these 16. Some images weren’t included here and were as powerful as any image I have taken in my 20 years as a photographer, but all of this was done with purpose and conviction with these kids in mind.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

This is how the day ended.

Uganda boy plays rock games with our team
Uganda boy plays rock games with our team
Cooking meals for the detention center in Uganda
Cooking meals for the detention center in Uganda

9 responses to “They are Hidden but Not Forgotten”

  1. Love this Scott. You are a wonderful photographer. I’d really like more words about this. Who are these children and why are they there? What’s the story?

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  2. Powerful and emotional images!

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  3. Love this Scott. You are a wonderful photographer. I’d really like more words about this. Who are these children and why are they there? What’s the story?

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  4. breathtaking, heartbreaking and beautiful. Blessed.

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  5. It makes my everyday “problems” seem small. Praise be to God our Father.

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