It started with a Facebook post. Vicky Armstrong, Faith Center’s Uganda Mission Team leader, put out a plea on the social media site asking for a CPR dummy. But when days passed by and no responses came back, she began to accept that it wasn’t going to happen. That’s when an old friend gave her a surprise she would never forget.

The Uganda Mission Team is travelling this week to the Nakasangola District of Uganda in Eastern Africa. There, the team of five will work at the African Hospitality Institute, a school founded in 2006 by Christian missionary Maggie Josiah. The Institute transforms the lives of at-risk youth by offering vocational hospitality training to Ugandan young adults. In a country with over 80% unemployment, the program helps graduates obtain highly sought-after jobs in the tourism industry.

During the Faith Center team’s two-week stay, they will provide the students with an opportunity to practice the hospitality skills they are learning. The team also plans to teach first aid and CPR. That’s why when Haider Ajina with the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka messaged Armstrong, he was not only doing a friend a favor, but helping change the lives of hundreds of future Ugandan youth.

“I had given up and thought that maybe getting a CPR dummy to bring to Uganda wasn’t God’s plan,” Armstrong said. “Ten seconds after I had given up hope on getting it, I got the message from Haider.”

After seeing Armstrong’s post, Ajina had contacted Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Bill Gillespie to see if the city fire department had any CPR dummies to loan or donate to the cause. It just so happened, Humboldt Bay Fire was “cycling out” and replacing two dummies currently used for monthly medic and first aid classes. The lightly used dummies had been in service for almost four years, helping teach life-saving skills to people across the county. Now, they have a permanent international mission to complete.

“God is good all the time,” Armstrong said as she hugged the CPR dummies close. “Our prayer has been answered.”

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