Almost 13 years ago, Hands Across Nations (HAN) came into being to meet a desperate need in N. Uganda. The rebel group, The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) had been on the offense in villages all over the north, abducting children into their army and making girls their “wives.”
In 2003, the war came suddenly to the village of our friends Felix and Esther Omodi. Our missionary team from Chewelah had worked with them for several years, but in November of 2003, the rebels attacked their village, killing 52 people, abducting dozens who later escaped, leaving hundreds of people without a place to live and no way to feed themselves.
Many went to refugee camps, and about 100 fled to Felix and Esther’s house in Lira.
And you were there – when the plea went out for funds to feed those people, purchase land in a safe place for them and provide tools and seeds to plant gardens to survive. You provided those things for months until they could provide for themselves. Those families, to this day, thank you for protecting them, and giving to them in their time of need. Many in the camps were killed, raped, became infected with AIDS, starved or barely survived while those you helped became a strong community which still exists.