Through two major educational and vocational programs, the Bududa Learning Center is working to alleviate poverty in Uganda. Bududa Vocational Academy provides high school students with trade-specific skills in tailoring, bricklaying, IT, and more that will help them gain employment in the future. Additionally, the Children of Bududa program supports local orphans by providing not only the funds needed to stay in school but continued supervision and support from a Bududa Learning Center social worker ensuring the student and their family’s needs are met. The Bududa Learning Center is positively impacting not only the children in its programs but also the families and community as a whole.
Kathleen Price is a member of the Uganda Team and was first introduced to Bududa Learning Center in early 2017 by Court Young, Director of Outreach. Though she and Court were already friends, they hadn’t spent much time together in a while, making Court’s phone call about a mission trip to Uganda all the more unexpected. “But isn’t that always how God works? Court suggested that I think about going to Uganda to help support the Bududa Learning Center,” Kathleen says. Having never been to Africa, let alone gone on a mission trip, Kathleen distinctly recalls thinking: “what is a Bududa?” “Yet somehow, from that inauspicious start, I found myself in rural Uganda for ten days in February of 2018 and am preparing to go back for another ten days this February.”
Unlike many mission trips where physical labor is the central focus, the work of MPPC in Bududa is purely relational. “There is no physical labor required, no tally on the board of things accomplished or structures built or really anything that you can count, see or measure,” Kathleen adds. “This is about connecting with brothers and sisters in Christ – about walking with them, listening to them, sharing with them, learning with them, loving with them.” For Kathleen, this practice of building community has been just as impactful on her life as any other act of service. An admitted introvert, the trip was well outside her comfort zone but proved to be what she needed. “The ability to be outside of yourself for a minute, to boil away the extraneous, miscellaneous nonsense that occupies most of our time when we have an abundance of stuff but are lacking in spirit, creates a holy space to connect with each other in gratitude for God’s planet, His people and His purpose”