Twelve Hamilton District Christian High students and two chaperones are preparing to leave on a mission trip to Uganda over the March Break 2016. For Noah Huisman, Grade 12, this will be his second time participating in an HDCH-organized trip to Uganda, and he is really looking forward to seeing old friends and connecting with people that he met while in Uganda last year.
Q: Describe the experience you had on your last mission trip to Uganda
A: Going to Uganda was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve been to Haiti before with my dad, but I have to admit that Uganda was just way more fun. I think that’s because I went with some of my close friends; it made the trip that much better. The trip opened my eyes to how other people around the world live, and it felt good doing God’s will in serving and helping others with the gifts we had. We did landscaping and other tasks that I have done during my summer job.
Q: What is drawing you back to Uganda for a second time?
A: The people and the culture are drawing me back. The kids welcome us with arms wide open, and you instantly make friends and connections with the kids. Also, you hear the stories of the kids’ lives as we sit around the Bible study at night. It is a true blessing and something you can’t understand unless you are there.
Q: What is the goal of this year’s trip to Uganda?
A: We want to serve, learn, and grow by working for a Christian organization that manages seven orphanages in Uganda and by exploring the culture and geography of that country.
Q: Describe one specific thing or event that made last year’s trip memorable.
A: Waking up at 6:00 a.m. to the sunrise at Ebenezer Orphanage up on the mountains. It showed the beauty and the wonder of God.
Q: How has this experience strengthened your faith and your relationship with your peers?
A: Hearing the testimonies from all of the kids in Uganda really opened my eyes and made me thank God for how truly blessed I am here in Canada. Going to Uganda with one of my best friends was awesome, but I am also thankful for the chance to grow closer with other students that I would not have had a chance to otherwise.
Q: Why should other students consider going on a mission trip?
A: It is a great experience. You get to help others and leave with lasting memories. It is a privilege to experience another culture, and I would encourage anyone to take a trip like this if you get the chance. I am still in contact with some of the people I met in Uganda last year, and I can’t wait to go back and see them this year!