Megan: “Today we’re going to have you each come up to the tree one-by-one and press your fingers into the ink pad before putting your finger prints on the tree. Your finger prints will cover the tree to make the leaves. Each of our finger prints is different. Not one is alike. Just like each one of you is completely unique, but together you each make up an important part of your school. What would a tree be without it’s leaves? What would St. Martin’s be without you?”

Translator: “Hmm. Each finger print is different? Oh yes. Well, I don’t think these children have ever seen their finger prints before but now they will! (continued translation)”

Me (in my head): “…What? They’ve never seen their finger print before?!”

And you could tell. Each kid came up and very carefully and delicately put their fingers on the ink pad, usually forgetting which one they had already stamped. They looked at their hands in wonder and gently one-by-one the bare tree on the sheet of paper became full of red and blue leaves (hey, it’s the only colors we had). It was an incredible time for many reasons. One, because these kids don’t feel like an important part of their school or important in general. But for one hour a week they get to be the center of attention and today they learned that God made each one of them completely different and unique. Two, because watching kids see their finger print for the first time at 9-14 years old is mind blowing and three, because it was pouring rain and so we got to use a classroom (I had never been in a Ugandan classroom before). 






 “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,so in Christ we, though many, form one body,and each member belongs to all the others.We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:4-6 (NIV)

“For you created my inmost being;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.” Psalm 139: 13-14 (NIV)

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7 thoughts on “Fingerprints

  1. Cheryl Conner

    ❤ Awe….Taylor…this is an incredible story! Gave me tears…smiles…and goose bumps. These children have been so blessed to have you and your group working with them!! May your rewards be great for the work you have done. Blessings to you! ❤

  2. Reblogged this on Wayfarer and commented:
    You’ve got to read this.

  3. Such beautiful writing. You have such insight and compassion. Thanks for sharing. I will continue to read your stories even after Brad is back home with us! Can’t wait to see how this experience will change your lives after you return to the USA. God bless you all.
    Lynette Sievers

    • Thank you so much Lynette! Hope you’re having a wonderful time in Oregon with the family. We miss Brad like crazy and are praying he’s adjusting back well 🙂

  4. jaxine and mike

    Wow! LOVE, love the pictures. They are amazing and touching. You know me…..miss visual. Miss you both and look forward to hearing all the stories of all the young people you have intertwined with. Suzanne just hooked me up with your blog, so i apologize for not communicating sooner. Though, Mike and I have been thinking of you both. Love what you’re writing as well. glad you both are using your God given talents to enlighten young lives. much love and stay safe young ones. Mama jax

    • Aw thanks guys!! We love and miss you. Looking forward to spending time with you soon. Thanks for supporting us on this adventure 🙂

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