05 May Hi from central Africa
We have settled into life here in Uganda. We were warmly welcomed by *John, our host here, and we stayed at his house for the first two nights. His house was a hub of activity as a stream of people happened to visit the same week we were there! It was great to see people from the community back home as they passed through.
We then moved to our house in the town where we will be serving. We are blessed to have a large house with spacious grounds – even if it had hardly anything inside! We soon got ourselves sorted and are getting used to the simple life. Shadreck has surprised us all by using more water than all the girls combined when showering, and had his first miscommunication with a local barber – let’s just say we now call him Tupac! Morgan has proven to be an expert at creating shelves, curtains and doors out of string and sheets. Sandra wins the prize for having the fanciest mosquito net and Laurie failed at pretending not to mind the flying giant cockroaches! We live with our translators and security guard so our team has expanded to 7 – they already know how to play tonk (a card game we learned since the start of training)…
The town where we are ministering is half an hour’s walk away from our house. We had an encouraging first visit, intending to prayer walk around the area, but ended up being invited into *Hasan’s house. He mentioned that although he and his family were Muslim, his mother was a ‘born again’. This opened up the conversation to talk about faith and we were able to share the story of the prodigal son and pray with him. His need was that he would have a more giving heart, and he said he wanted to know more about Jesus but needed time. This was such an encouragement for us to meet someone so open.
We’ve started conversations with several others, and spent time prayer walking and orienting ourselves around the area. Craft is a big source of income amongst the people here, so we are looking at connecting with the women as they weave.
We finished the week with a day off – including our first ride on a boda boda, and a taxi journey including side swiping into another car on the way and carrying straight on!
*These are not the real people’s names.