For many years, people from Chewelah and the surrounding counties have supported the Hands Across Nations work with the poor in Uganda.
On Friday, March 23, we will have the opportunity to meet face to face with Ugandan Felix Omodi, at a pot luck dinner at 6 p.m. at the Abundant Life Fellowship at second street and Clay, opposite city hall. Everyone is welcome to come.
Felix gave a month of his time to be the guide for the first mission trip from Chewelah in 2001. Out of that trip came the inspiration for the formation of Hands Across Nations, a locally run non-profit 501c3 which “Shares the love of Christ in practical ways” in Uganda. At that time he worked as project manager for the Jimmy Carter Foundation in Uganda, making sure teams of scientists were successfully sent out to the bush to research and find a cure for River Blindness.
More recently, he has been the Medical Teams International MTI Uganda Director. MTI is a Christian Non Profit Global Health Organization, demonstrating the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty. They deliver medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to all people in need, regardless of religion, nationality, sex or race. The mobile health clinics which MTI ran during the rebel war in N. Ugandan villages, came out of the first medical mission trips in 2001 and 2002 from Chewelah. Our own Dr. Johnstone was part of both of those missions – treating horrific diseases and injuries of hundreds of people per day.
Felix is visiting for the purpose of meeting the people of our area who supported his people during one of the darkest times in their history. He will be sharing how Hands Across Nations and MTI have literally saved the lives of many of his tribe, and have been the impetus for improving health, and bringing hope to his people who had lost hope. Some of his people have been in refugee camps for over 20 years and are just learning again to live as a community.
Please join us in welcoming him. Bring a dish to share, come and meet a remarkable man who has suffered much and yet has a positive outlook on life.
In the photo: Carolyn Kurowski and Felix Omodi at the Hands Across Nations sewing school graduation ceremony.