[et_pb_section fullwidth="off" specialty="off" background_image="http://www.wellspringcolorado.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/goldbackground.jpg" transparent_background="off" allow_player_pause="off" inner_shadow="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" padding_mobile="off" make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" make_equal="off" use_custom_gutter="off"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_cta admin_label="Call To Action" title="Next Steps in My Journey" button_url="http://www.wellspringcolorado.com/connect" url_new_window="off" button_text="Back" use_background_color="off" background_color="#2EA3F2" background_layout="dark" text_orientation="left" body_line_height="2em" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" custom_button="off" button_letter_spacing="0" button_use_icon="default" button_icon_placement="right" button_on_hover="on" button_letter_spacing_hover="0" header_font_size="42" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section transparent_background="off" background_color="#f4f4f4" allow_player_pause="off" inner_shadow="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" padding_mobile="off" make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" make_equal="off" use_custom_gutter="off"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="1_2"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" text_line_height="2em" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] By: Micah Hughes
We are deeply grateful for our Wellspring community. It was a privilege to share the story of God’s goodness amongst suffering and persecution that we have walked through in the past 5 years. It was a humbling honor. After the Lenten Kingdom moment, I was invited to give a summary of what God has been doing in this most recent season when we opened our hands to His will.
Prior to starting medical school, my wife and I have had the amazing privilege to work alongside the people of Northern Uganda since 2003. Our hearts and lives have been forever changed by these amazing communities of people. As I shared in church, it was largely due to the work that God was doing in Uganda that we were called to medical missions; however it was only after leaving medical school that our relationships with community leaders in Uganda allowed my wife and I to start a non-profit organization called The Mango Project. The board members of this non-profit all attend Wellspring: Ed and Tracy Trotter, Naomi Schalm, Gary LaVanchy, Avrey (my wife) and myself.
With the prayer and administrative support of such amazing board members and deep trusted relationships with local Ugandans, The Mango Project functions to develop sustainable nutrition, to fight against poverty, and to empower the local villagers of rural Uganda. There are still days where I struggle with the reality that I will never be a doctor; however, most days it is so clear that God had such a deeper and greater plan for medical missions that would of been restrained by one American doctor and one American nurse. The significance of the work God was doing in Uganda caused a local college of nursing to invite me to start a global health program at the college. Only the Lord could open such a door! Since 2012, the global health program has grown in remarkable ways. Last year, 10 international healthcare internships took place in Haiti, Honduras, India, Philippines, and Uganda. So here we are, based out of Colorado with the amazing spiritual support of Wellspring and it is more clear than ever that the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, BLESSED be the name of the Lord!
It is also incredible timing that Billy asked us to share our story as we arise out of Lent. After working in Uganda for the past 12 years, this month is actually the first time we have ever had a Colorado Mango Project event, and it is just a few days away. We would deeply appreciate the prayers of our Wellspring community for the event and also love to have anyone from Wellspring join us! It will be a night dedicated to telling the story of hope amongst stark poverty and malnutrition in Uganda.
The event will be on Friday, April 24th from 6:30- 8:30pm in the Santa Fe Art District, just 20 minutes north of Wellspring.
Check out TheMangoProject.com for more information and for details on how to register for the event! We would be blessed if you can come!
Contact Micah and Avrey Hughes with questions about The Mango Project.
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