Greetings from Uganda.
Our day began a little later. Margaret said we needed to get a little more rest because we looked tired, and it was nice to sleep in a little longer. We also spend some time in prayer and devotions, which is a key to starting our day. Each time we do this, God shows us new insights into His Kingdom.
The roads we traveled on today were much better, but we still went to size rallies with 14 schools in attendance. There were fewer schools at the rallies, but they had larger attendance, so we still had a busy day handing out math sets to all the children.
The orange bucket we purchased for the girls has become a fixture on our trips. They would much rather use it than the outhouses. Nuper and I continue our bonding time walking to the closest latrine with some great discussions.
We have been sitting around this evening talking about the joy of these children. You will able to witness that joy in the video clips I have recorded. Our day will take a new twist tomorrow as the Muslims have declared Friday a holiday, so all schools will be closed. I am not sure what Dennis and Margaret have planned for us, but I am sure it will be productive.
We are all enjoying the opportunity to share the Gospel at the rallies. It is such a gift to watch the Holy Spirit touch these children’s hearts and pray with them. It is hard to believe we are on the last leg of this life-changing mission. We are all going to have so many stories to share when we arrive home.
We had the opportunity to stop at a rock quarry on the way to one of our rallies. There were no large machines working here. Only men with shovels and women with homemade hammers breaking rocks. They sit on the ground all day, breaking larger rocks into smaller ones for $10 a day. Their little children are right out there with them. They make shade from the sun with three sticks and some branches or rags. It made us all think about the worst jobs we have ever had to do.
I am finally to the point here in Uganda that I am being treated better. Nuper is not making fun of my belly anymore. I was feeling pretty good about myself, so I picked two flowers for Lisa and Katie, as a gesture of kindness. But then, Mesach (one of the Ugandan team members) trumped me by giving the ladies much larger flowers. One thing I still have is, each evening when we arrive home, I go to the kitchen and sing “You Are My Sunshine” to the ladies making our food. These ladies—Betty, Susan and Jennifer—are doing such a wonderful job of taking care of us. We consider them part of our team.
Thanks again for all your prayers. We cannot express how we sense God’s love and care through them all.