A local man is preparing for his fifth mission trip to Uganda.
Jim Hartle is a Deacon at Moundsville Baptist Church, and he works with a man named Patrick who lives in Uganda after being rescued of the streets himself.
Over the years, the missionaries have built foster homes, sponsored kids to go to school, got a water supply in the village, and they should finish building a church and community center in August of this year.
This time, Jim and his brother will be taking medical supplies donated by Wheeling Hospital to teach the villagers how to treat wounds and infections.
He said over the years, the Ohio Valley has been more than helpful.
“The people in the Valley have stepped up and said ‘How can we help?’ Not only at our church, the Moundsville Baptist Church, the entire Valley through our golf tournament. And we had one time had a newspaper article and a gentleman from Wheeling came down to our church and said ‘here’s a check for $5,000,'” he said.
Jim added it’s amazing to see a small community here in the United States help a small community halfway around the world.
Just last month, over 900 kids living in the slums were able to have a Christmas party with food, clothes, toys, and games thanks to a donation of $8,000 from the Moundsville Baptist Church.
Jim leaves for his trip on January 25 and will return February 6.