My Missionary Trip to Iowa, a Land of Plenty

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Praise the Lord for all He does. He is worthy to be praised.

I was invited to go to the United States to speak during the On His Path Donor Appreciation Dinner in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. I flew from Entebbe International Airport on April 9th and arrived on April 10th; a trip which took many hours. I thank the Lord that I arrived well at the Cedar Rapids Airport and was received by the Founder of On His Path, John Mitchell, who is a wonderful servant of the Lord. We drove a few minutes and arrived in his wonderful home. I was welcomed by his beloved wife, Jean, and their daughter, Isabella. I was joyful for having met together in their home.

The next morning, I managed to visit the offices of MD Orthopaedics and On His Path where I met wonderful people including Executive Director, Emily Ferguson. I had a wonderful tour, met staff and interacted with dear ones. I was so shocked and humbled in the way the Lord used John Mitchell and his wife Jean to build such a wonderful complex. I was also blessed to stay at their home whereby they gave me a wonderful hospitality. I was challenged to see that their home was full of food and multiple fridges for a house which only had three people. I had an opportunity to eat what I wanted at their house and among the best meals I had was porridge, which was my favorite and what I loved most among all food stuff. We had wonderful fellowship with Brother John in prayer, fellowship in the Word, visited several churches and I was much blessed to interact with the Saints of the Lord.

The state of Iowa is so beautiful, full of cornfields and many other kinds of cereal grown everywhere. I had the opportunity to visit many farms like piggery, dairy, and turkey farm. All were a challenge and eye opener to me and I got to know and learn the best method of rearing those animals and birds above. We had a time of leisure going fishing which I enjoyed together with Mr. John. I also managed to visit the so-called poor people who actually, in my sense, are not poor. They have almost everything they need; a house, a car, etc. compared to a poor person in Africa who has nothing. We visited, too, the Iowa State Capital. It was an amazing time to me and fellowshipped with Mr. Joseph Mitchell who gave us a tour of the facilities. While I was there, I did interact with men and women of God who were really a blessing. We prayed and studied the word of the Lord together. I also shared dinner with Emily Ferguson and her family and we had a wonderful fellowship and sharing together as Saints of God. Everything in the USA is done on time compared to the African way of doing things at a slow pace.

I was challenged in many ways while I was with the Mitchells. The way they live, their wonderful hospitality to me and how Godly they are in their family / home. The day I was waiting for came, which was the Donor Appreciation Dinner. This was a wonderful time to meet men and women who are prayerful in their support of On His Path and financially to see to it that the work of caring of the needy and preaching the Gospel is expanded. I thank the Lord for having participated in this wonderful ceremony. I want to thank the Founders and staff of On His Path and MD Orthopaedics for having me visit them and challenging me in many ways. I came back home blessed and with a new perspective of how men and women of God who have love, have the power to change the lives of the helpless to hopeful. All you guys do have a special place in our hearts. What a blessed journey to and from and back home to Uganda. Thanks for being part of what the Lord is doing in Uganda in caring for the poor, the needy, and advancing the Gospel to nations and communities in Uganda. Be blessed.

Submitted by: Pastor Francis Makoha, Uganda

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