Reaching out to the communities around Destiny Orphanage

By , September 30, 2014 5:30 am


This morning we loaded up the vans and headed out to Destiny Orphanage. After visiting the baby house ( adorable! ) we split into teams and headed into the nearby villages.


The houses in the villages were somewhat spread out so our van team wound up splitting in two to cover more ground. Our mission was to talk to as many people as possible about the medical clinic. Some of the people we talked to also asked for prayer for their families and we were able to pray with them. Word travels fast in the villages and though we were only able to hit four villages in our available time by morning thousands more people will have heard the news.

Medical clinic starts tomorrow! I am still unsure as to what part exactly I will be taking without a medical background, but I am guessing pack mule. This evening we are organizing the piles of medical supplies into suitcases.

Instead of doing the clinic at the Saints Gate church this year it will be at Destiny. This allows us to hit an entirely new group of people, many of whom have never had a medical checkup in their lives, all without costing them a dime.

Clinic starts at 8am so we will be up bright and early!

Here are some pics from today








First morning in Uganda!

By , September 29, 2014 6:32 pm


Yesterday evening we made it to Uganda! Semi-controlled chaos ensued while going through customs and getting all the bags for 27 people found and sorted. Once we got to the mission house Momma Easter ( "Momma" is a term of endearment for women here. I have lots of Mommas now! ) had fresh cookies waiting for us and was finishing cooking spagetti.

After dinner we went to a local shopping center to get our money changed and pick up groceries. I was able to pick up some Stoney, which is perhaps one of my favorite drinks in the world and only available in Africa ( trust me, I searched far and wide in the USA! ). It is a ginger soda with extra fantastic flavors. I wanted to open mine and guzzle it but unfortunately I did not have a straw :S. Even the locals drink from sodas with straws, just in case and bad buggies are on the outside of the container.


The rest of the evening was spent settling in to the house. This morning we will be heading out to Destiny orphanage after breakfast. We are setting up a medical clinic there. And actually it seems I may have been incorrect when I said the clinic was going to be in the Saints Gate church, it seems that it may be at Destiny this year. I will keep you posted.

Excited to see all the little ones at the orphanage again! I am supposed to say hi and hug kids my sister and grandparents sponsor... we will see if I can find them admidst over a thousand other cute lil kids vieing for attention :)

Looking forward to hearing from some of you in the comments below!

Goodbye Seattle, Hello Dubai

By , September 28, 2014 10:39 am

Goodbye Seattle


Hello Dubai


We made the first leg of our trip! 14 hours is a long time to sit confined to a small seat, but with the help of a book, some music, and a couple movies I pulled it off. We are in Dubai for about nine hours and then piling on to the next plane, which will drop us in Uganda!!! The next flight is only five hours. Piece of cake!

The time here in Dubai is 10:40 PM, back home it is 10:40 AM. Crossed some serious timezones. Time to get some sleep so my body is ready with the switch and can dive right in tomorrow. zzZzz

Today I am leaving for Uganda!

By , September 27, 2014 2:38 pm


I am sitting at a restaurant in the Seattle Seatac airport with my team. We are headed to Uganda for 17 days to work in the capital city of Kampala. We partnered with a local church to use as a base for the medical clinic we will be running.

This past couple weeks has been a crazy and intense time for me; new job, moving out of my apartment, finalizing a new boat purchase, packing, packing, packing, seeing family pre-trip, spending time with my wonderful woman, packing, a wedding, etc. Every single minute has been tagged with some activity. Until just a couple hours ago I still did not have everything I needed for the Uganda trip. Now that I am in the airport a huge weight has been lifted off of me as if by magic.

I am looking forward to touching down in Entebbe and that rocky, bumpy, hot, uncomfortable bus ride to the mission house we are staying at. Rekindling relationships started in March of this year. The people of Uganda are lovely and I love every one of them. And the kids, cutest kids on the planet.

Thank you lots to everyone who has contributed in some way towards my trip. Together we are going to change lives in Uganda!

I will be trying to provide daily or more often updates on this site, internet connection pending.

I would love to hear from you in the comment form below each post!

Why I will season my stainless steel pans forever

By , September 18, 2014 8:30 pm

A couple years back I switched from the typical teflon coated non-stick pans available in every department store to a set of stainless steel pans. I gotta say that I have been very happy with my decision and have not looked back.

As I have been looking to live on a boat I have been reading experiences from other liveaboards. On a boat water is used sparingly. This is not only because there is a limited water tank (though easily filled from the dock if in a marina!) but also because boats carry around all their waste with them until they get to a pump out facility. Think about all the activities you do on a daily basis that produce some sort of waste that would make its way into the holding tank. It is much greater that you would think. To that end I have been researching water conservation, particularly when it comes to the kitchen and doing dishes. Yesterday I read an article on The Boat Galley (fantastic resource for boaters, RVers, apartment dwellers, and tiny home owners) talking about seasoning stainless steel pans. I did not know this was possible with stainless steel, but not only is it, it turns stainless steel pan surfaces in to a much better non-stick pan than teflon!

Why season stainless steel pans?

  • Creates a non-stick surface - better than teflon!
  • Makes cleanup a snap. No soap needed, just water and a paper towel.
  • It only takes minutes!

How to season a stainless steel pan

Seasoning stainless steel pans is so easy my dog could do it. Seriously. You need 3 things:

  • Stainless steel pan
  • Cooking oil (your choice, I used Canola Oil)
  • Paper towels

The process:

  • Pour the oil into the pan until the entire bottom is covered
  • Spread some oil on the sides of the pan with your fingers to ensure coverage of the entire pan. I skipped this step and have a brown ring around the pan where the top of the oil is. It is normal and will come off with soap (do not do it unless you want to reseason the pan!)
  • Turn a burner on high and set the pan on it
  • When the oil starts smoking remove the pan from the heat and turn off the burner. Let the pan completely cool
  • Dump the oil in a safe location and use the paper towels to gently wipe up the excess oil
  • Done! Maybe a 20 minute job tops and you now have an amazing, safe, cleanable, antistick pan.

    Cleaning seasoned stainless steel

    DO NOT USE SOAP OR ANY ROUGH CLEANER SUCH AS METAL MESH. It will strip the seasoning off and it will need to be reapplied.

    This is the most beautiful part of a seasoned pan. To clean simply rinse the pan under hot water and wipe out with a paper towel. Done! If there is hard stuck on gunk boil some water in the pan and by the time you are done eating it should come right off.

    Hands on with the seasoned pans

    To test out my newly seasoned pans I made some hamburgers. Typically after cooking I would rinse the pans and then soak them in soapy water for a while. Even then I needed to use a rough scrub pad to get the gunk scraped off. Cleaning after seasoning was a snap and was completed in less than a minute! Check out the following photos for yourself.

    Seasoned pan. Not yet cooked in

    Notice how shiny the pan is? Seasoning creates a reflective surface on a stainless steel pan.


    Pan after cooking a hamburger

    I did not add butter or any nonstick, such as Pam, to the pan.


    Pan after rinsing with hot water

    This is after rinsing with hot water from the tap for 15 seconds.


    Pan after wiping with a paper towl

    This is after wiping the pan with a single paper towl for 20 seconds. See how clean and shiny it is?


    Cleanup took incredibly less than a minute to complete!

    I will be seasoning all my stainless steel pans from here on out!

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