"to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faithin me." Acts 26:18

Monday, September 11, 2017

Khamoto Village Church

This past week we worshiped at Khamoto Village Church.  Their pastor, Alex, was being ordained.  It was a lovely time.

The church (They are trying to build a new building out of bricks in the back.  The current church is a mud and stick building and won't last for very much longer)


Left to Right: Pastor Messalamu, Pastor Timothy, Pastor Alex, Pastor Charles Jackson, Pastor Herbert and Pastor Eric.

Pastor Alex and his family:

Pastor Charles Jackson also baptized 5 babies in the service!


Eric preached.

Still smiling after 3.5 hours!


Here are some snippets of the singing...first a local praise song, then a hymn and finally a short clip of the choir.  When the choir was singing, there was a mama (in a silver colored gomesi) next to us that was softly singing along and her harmony sounded so beautiful to me.





Musana Camp Vacation

It's so hard to believe that more than a month has passed since I've gotten on here.  Part of the reason for that is that we were on vacation for a couple weeks at Musana Camps which for us means mostly no internet and no cell service.  It was great to be disconnected for a time.  Here are this year's photos:







Doing the challenge course:


















Saturday, July 29, 2017

Karamoja

Yesterday we drove up to our Karamoja station in order to deliver a vehicle and for fellowship with our team up there.  It's always a fun drive...far out of the ordinary for us Mbale folks.  This is the first time we've ever been able to make up in the rainy season because usually, the roads are a mess.  But this year, they are really working to maintain the road this year...what a blessing for everyone who lives up there and we who like to visit. 

Whenever we drive up the kids like to get on the roof and look out for any animals (actually, I think they just like an excuse to ride on top...haha!) in the National Reserve.

The only animals we saw though were the two ostriches that like the base of UWA in the reserve.  Still, fun to see!

This is a sketch bridge that we crossed to get there.

Hmmm...




This is the culvert right outside our station.  They saw a Nile crocodile in there last week!

The most exciting part of our visit was seeing the new clinic almost finished being built.  This has been a huge project and our teammate Chris Verdick has done an absolutely amazing job getting it finished and ready to begin using in 3 weeks, Lord willing!


The construction is high quality and Lord willing will be used to serve many people for many years!

Thankful for a night of fun and fellowship!



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Girls Weekend

This past weekend the big girls and I escaped for a few days together to Hairy Lemon Island...an island in the middle of the Nile River just outside of Jinja.  We had such a wonderful time together playing games, laughing, eating way too much, and watching Call the Midwife in the tent.

Our "Glamping" tents were on another island from the main one so we had to cross this sketch bridge multiple times a day.  (Things American insurance companies would never approve! ha!)


We spent one afternoon in Jinja town where a new Java House just opened.  Yum!

So this is called "Glamping"...not sure where the "glam" part was, except that in each tent there were two twin size beds, which I did appreciate!  The not so glamorous parts were the largest spider I have ever seen in Uganda and a nice size monitor lizard we found just outside the tent. (We made doubly sure to zip our tents well after those sightings!)


Water volleyball! (And no worries you NatGeoWild watchers...there aren't any crocs or hippos on this part of the river!)

Our family camped at Hairy Lemon about four years ago.  In all the time since then, we had never been able to make it back.  This weekend we found out that there will be a new dam opening down stream from Hairy Lemon and it will cover the Island 5 meters above the tallest part!  In addition, Uganda will lose some of its Class 5 rapids that draw kayakers and rafters from all over the world.  Even though we know that Uganda needs the additional power this dam will provide, it's kinda sad to see these things go.  Glad we made it back to Hairy Lemon one more time!

Such a great time with these girls!  I'm so thankful that God provided for us to be able to do this weekend!