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Posted by On Belay on June 5, 2016 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Esta. In Uganda, words are pronounced so beautifully. English is spoken but it is lyrical and soft. Esther becomes “Esta.” Gestures are subtle, a slight nod of the head or raising of the eyebrows conveys meaning. Ugandans speak very softly, but can hear each other in loud rooms with noise all aroun...

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There is Hope for the Future

Posted by On Belay on May 31, 2016 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (1)

There is Hope for the Future. Thank you to all who have contributed to this story. All of you participated. Some of you knowingly, some unknowingly, but our stories often intertwine. Our ten day journey is now coming to a close. We have had very high highs and very low lows, but God is faithful. He who has started ...

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Stuck in the Jam.

Posted by On Belay on May 29, 2016 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Stuck in the Jam. Everywhere. Today. For breakfast this morning, I had jam on my bread. I didn't realize how much jam I would be getting into! It seems to us that anytime you have urgent business to attend to you get stuck in the jam. In Uganda, “stuck in the jam”, means a traffic jam. Picture this: a million ...

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Hard Days Night

Posted by On Belay on May 28, 2016 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hard Days Night. Since arriving here in Uganda, I have a new appreciation for this Beatles song. Every day and night has been hard. Very hard. The highs and lows of Africa are overwhelming. Today was no exception. Heart wrenching stories that raise a righteous anger and deep sadness that overtake you. Then i...

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Words Matter

Posted by On Belay on May 27, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Words Matter These last few days have proven to be very challenging. We are overwhelmed emotionally by the stories we have heard. The needs have far exceeded our resources.

I have a friend who is one of the strongest men I know. He is not a big man. However, he has a huge heart. As a young man...

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Peter Painter

Posted by On Belay on May 26, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Meet our friend, Peter Painter! We have known Peter since 2007 when he first had the dream of becoming an artist. He came by our hotel to show us his recent work. We are so proud of Peter! He loves the Lord and talks about His faithfulness throughout the years. We will be bringing these special paintings home with us. Peter is donating part of the proceeds from these paintings to On Belay! If you are interested in purchasing one and supporting both Peter and On Belay, please email us: ...

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Beautiful Africa

Posted by On Belay on May 22, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Arrival. We arrived after a long 23 hour plane ride. The flight was smooth and seamless. We met several wonderful people along the way: A mother of two young men, who lives part time in Seattle/Holland. A nice couple going on a cruise. Men working in Uganda from Canada. A Ugandan Professor teaching journalism...

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It's Our Story

Posted by On Belay on May 18, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It's Our Story. No, not just mine, all of ours. Everyone. It is an all inclusive story. You, me, our friends and neighbors, OUR story. A story of hope and redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation. Come on, join in.

Update Me. The Hoffmans and the Vons leave this afternoon for Seattle. Wait. I thought they were going to Africa. Yes. We leave from SeaTac airport tomorrow morning, fly to Amsterdam, then to Kagali, and finally to Entebbe (Uganda). We arrive at 10:50 PM just ...

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Hope for the Future!

Posted by On Belay on May 12, 2016 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)


First. Let me take a moment to thank all of you who have joined with us in this next chapter of our story. We are humbled and overwhelmed by your grace and kindness. Thank you.

The Back Story. We began sponsoring and falling in love with these children way back in 2007. They have st...

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A Grand Reunion!

Posted by On Belay on April 26, 2016 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

December 2015