DWU in Uganda


DWU Tigers and AsOne Scholars Roar

After eight months of planning, preparation and prayer, seven students and staff from DWU organized and led the second AsOne Scholars leadership camp May 13-16. Days consisted of morning worship, teaching, team-building exercises, group discussion, games, sports, community service, meals and evening worship. Ugandan AsOne staff and Dakota Wesleyan leaders not only coordinated to make the camp a winning experience for the AsOne scholars but bonded in friendship and mutual respect making for an enriching experience on multiple levels and for all involved.

The organizational theme, “Our Identity in Christ,” came to full expression with a foot-washing ceremony commemorating Jesus’ command for his followers to lead from a place of service and humility. Memories of worshipful dance, howls of delighted laughter, volley and net ball (which is not basketball as it does not require dribbling), and community visits and service will leave a lasting impression. The intensity of student questions, their willingness to work hard and without complaint and the joyful abandon of praising God are indelibly etched onto our collective memory. 

Now back at home, we have wondered how a DWU trip could have unfolded in a more pleasant and meaningful way. As we we gathered at the van for departure, through a thousand hugs and hand-shakes, we were repeatedly asked, “When will you come back?” God praised and God willing, as soon as we can.

Andrew DeVaney