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Change happens one life at a time

Beatrice, in Uganda, reminds us of this

I remember flying over the landscape of Uganda in a five-seat airplane and feeling overwhelmed—as if I were living someone else’s life. It was spring 2007 and I was on my way to Kitgum in northern Uganda to try to gain some understanding about the Lutheran World Federation’s work in communities there. I was a long way from Osseo [Wis.] Evangelical Lutheran, my home congregation.

Karen Ressel, an ELCA global missionary,
Karen Ressel, an ELCA global missionary, works with Lutheran World Federation projects in Uganda.
Now I’m a writer, photographer and an ELCA missionary on loan to LWF Uganda. I use words and pictures to inform and educate. I’ve come to realize that a miracle occurs when God takes the meager gifts we each offer and weaves them together to accomplish wonderful things. And I’ve talked with so many people, including Beatrice.

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