Now I can’t speak for everyone else but I would be lying if I said returning to the chaotic hustle and bustle of our everyday lives was easy. Some of us experienced motion sickness on the way back, others have had a hard time readjusting to the time difference and I know a lot of us came home under the weather. I could say that is the reason it has taken me so long to fill you in on the last few days but honestly it’s so easy to get sucked back into what we call normal without taking actual time to reflect. Once we do, we realize how incredibly, significantly much we will cherish each memory that we had made in our beloved country.
On our third to last full day in Uganda we visited project UG 512 in Entebbe. We were greeted with less faces than last year, most were in school, but they were still very eager faces awaiting to reunite with their mzungu friends. We entered the church and the church greeted us, giving introductions to the new leaders and most of all the new stand-in pastor, Pastor John. We each gave our introductions and then the young boys and girls performed a dance for us. I couldn’t help but notice that Alan and Sharon’s little boy had some moves !!! It was so energizing seeing how much they enjoyed performing. Following the introductions and the dances we moved to the newly-renovated classrooms for tea. The classrooms were still being built when we visited the year before but we entered something completely different as we stepped through those entryways. Light gray painted walls with white painted trees, beautiful pastel accents, dolls sitting on shelves on the walls smiling back at you. We were entering into a quaint little tea party. It filled me with memories of my childhood, it was warm, a wonderful place to teach children. Our team and the elders had a chance to chat until it was time to begin our VBS session. We started with the puppet show which the kids really enjoyed and ended with the passing out of the sponsor gifts and general gifts. It felt great to see our little friends at UG 512 but we were short on time that day and we wanted to be sure we were investing a great deal of time into the teens. It was essential for them to know that God loves them so much he piggy backed us all the way from across the sea to share his love for them. This time, I was in a group with Sue, Melanie and I as leaders. This group was a little quieter than our previous group at UG 511 but I think we handled it well as very chatty, open people ourselves. We got to experience these girls open up to us and ask really important thought-provoking questions. They asked about lust, raising a child, back-stabbing among friends and I know each of us leaders, with God’s help, did the best we could to answer them. We ended our day at UG 512 with lots of hugs and headed back to the bus to make our way to the hotel for a rest period. It was Pastor John’s house for dinner.
Pastor John’s house
We pulled up to a security guarded compound, which most of us were eager to see what was inside. This was one of the nicest houses we had been to in Uganda thus far. We filed into Pastor John’s house and sat among his couches and chairs in an elongated circle. Pastor John greeted everyone and welcomed us to his home. He then began to describe the Ugandan culture. How many times,they would sit around the fire for dinner, much like we were sitting around his living room, and they would share old tales and legends. He began to do the same. He told us many stories, some funny, some that required figuring out the moral of the story and some tales that explained cultural phenomenons. The night proceeded that way. Each of the elders standing up and sharing stories from the different parts of Uganda they were from. It was an incredible way to just be totally immersed in their culture, not only that but they made us feel like family. We were their out of country, out of continent relatives.
The Uganda Relatives
The Uganda Enthusiasts
The Uganda Survivalists
The Uganda Warriors
The Uganda Addicts