July 7, 2017
It was good today. Another low key day but as we have seen those days can be so meaningful and impactful.
We started out with probably our last team devotion. Such an incredible time together. We talked about the obstacles that hinder us from running the race. The sins of our past. The team shared some true honesty, vulnerability and tears. A lot of grace was extended. I continue to be humbled with this team. The love, encouragement and grace combined with the honesty of where people are on their faith journeys and struggles was incredible to experience.
As we were wrapping up devotions it began to rain. A gentle rain. Very soothing at first; then harder and harder. A good African rain! But that means one thing... lots of red mud!
We drove to the church in Buwenda. This is the church God built
We ended up at the church's matooke
farm. Our church was able to help buy land
and provide some seed money to start the farm. One thing Edward and I have been
working towards is ways for the church and school to generate income. The
school will never be 100% self-sustaining. ( I say that but I have also learned
not to doubt God!) As we have talked and prayed we feel led to get some income
projects going to benefit the church, school, community.
The farm blew me away! I had no idea what to expect but it was wonderful! There is a group of elders at the church who oversee and work the farm. It is divided into sections with various elders and their families responsible to work their section. The farm is being worked like the
As the rain let up Edward said it was time for the team to join the staff gardening! So off we all went with hoes to dig some trenches between the plants. Talk about hard work! I am sure the Ugandans loved seeing us labor. I also know they probably dreaded having to go back and correct our work.
Farming on a rainy day was messy! The dirt was muddy and slick. We all had hobbit feet by the end. It was a good time of playing in the dirt! We are all on our way to becoming Ugandan farmers!
We returned to the shed to eat a snack of fresh matooke from the farm. We prayed for the farm, the staff and started to walk through the bush again.
We stopped at Patrick's house. We prayed for him and his family.
Patrick and his
wife Alice have 11 biological kids and have taken in 9 orphans from the church
over the years. What a great family. I have helped add a room on to Patrick's
house on a previous trip. It was great to sit in his home and pray for his family.
We then continued our stroll through the bush and came to the current house build our church is helping with. We met Tabithia, her husband and family who will benefit from the new home. They are members of the church currently living in a run-down single room house. We got to see the work being
for the home and family.
drove to Dr. Moses’ house for dinner. I really love this man. He is funny,
charming and cares so deeply for people. He was our driver in 2007 on the
scouting trip while in Gulu with the Methodist church. He was in medical school
then but now lives in Jinja. His wife treated us to a local feast! We are well
fed in Uganda for sure! He took us around home and we ate dinner. Then enjoyed
a cup of tea. We prayed for him, his family and ministry. It was a wonderful
time with a wonderful man. He has coordinated our medical clinics for a number
of years hiring the local staff and buying medicines so we don't have to bring everything. I am honored to serve
with him. His laugh warms my soul!
All along the way we continued to greet people. To stop and visit. Seeing life in the country happening around us was special giving us the opportunity to engage with people and share God’s love.
Afterwards we returned to the bus and headed to town. The team spent some time walking the markets and shops to stimulate the local economy.
It was a long day but a good day. Everyone on the team walked along the road with different people and experienced different things. Each team member has a story to tell. The individual stories will be well worth hearing. Make sure to ask a team member. Just know that we were so honored to be in the homes of some great families.
Tomorrow is a fun day. Seven of us will raft the Nile while Leigh and Sarah spend the day with Edward and Julie around town. The team will eat dinner and end our time together affirming and thanking each other. This has become a tradition I love as the team gets a chance to encourage one another. We laugh and we cry. It is beautiful.
Tomorrow will be my 3rd time to raft the Nile. Kariel gets to experience it for the first time as she is now 16. I cannot wait to dominate the river with her! We are not scared of the crocs and hippos!
Good night, friends. Thank you once again for covering us in prayer.
We will be home in a few days. We cannot wait to share our hearts with you.