Greetings from the northwestern Uganda! Finally, the Uganda team is settled in their new home in Koboko. The journey here was much longer and with a few unexpected turns.
We landed in Entebbe, Uganda, at 11:45 PM with Immigrations going well. After coming through Immigrations, we found that not one of our checked bags had made it on the last flight coming from Nairobi, Kenya. So we left with our first and last options—first being prayer and second being the Baggage Claim Office. We finally left the airport around 2 AM Thursday morning. The next thrilling experience for the team was riding on the back of the truck to the Teen Mission base located in Jinga. The truck has bench seats along the sides, facing the middle of the bed. It has a cover over the top, so it creates a nice little wind tunnel. Perfect for a hot sunny day, but in the middle of the night, it can be rather cold and unpleasant.
We arrived at the base around 5:30 AM and headed straight to bed, Sleep came rather easy after traveling for 62 hours. We slept till 1:00 PM. After waking up, we had “breakfast” of vegetable stew. The rest of the day was spent settling in, working on memory verses, doing Bible marking class, Grubby to Grace for the girls and God’s Gentlemen for the guys. Around 6:00 PM, 11 of the 50 bags were delivered to the base.
On Friday, the team got the opportunity to work alongside the Ugandan Bible School students doing some much-needed clean-up around the base. The tool of choice was “slasher”. It is thin machete with a gulf club-like curve at the end. It works quite well for cutting long grass and weeds. By the evening, all but five of the bags were delivered. What a blessing! Needless to say, we were all excited that they had come. The decision was made Friday evening to postpone the journey to Koboko till Sunday. This way, we could wait for the remaining five bags (Daniel Buell’s bag was the only personal bag which had not yet arrived.).
Saturday morning we did some more cleaning around the buildings and Saturday afternoon was spent doing some shopping in town. The last three bags and two guitars came in that evening so final preparations were made to travel the next morning.
The trip to Koboko went well. We were a bit worried about the clutch on the truck. So we prayed and soon were out of the mountains so no more clutch worries after that. After the 16-hour ride in the back of the truck, we were all ready for a good night’s sleep. Eight of the BMW students and one Teen Missions staff guy also accompanied us on the trip and are currently working with us on the project.
The work is going well. We started digging the hole for the septic tank and drain field. The hole for the tank is about ¾ of the way done and the drain field is about 20% of the way to completion. Besides this, they have been busy “slashing” the area around the building. So far, we have “slashed” about three acres of land. The team works well with one another.
As I am writing the report, I am also watching the team work. Caleb Ling is fixing an axe handle, Jono Cletfield, Daniel Buell, Peter Demos and Caitlyn Nagy are working in the septic hold. Jona and Noah are on kitchen patrol. Sidney Martin is praying in the Prayer Closet and all the rest are digging in the drain field.
Overall, we are off to a good start. The work project is coming right along. The team is bonding and they are excited about the new relationships with the local people here.
Pray that supplies would get here in good order
Pray that the rain would stay at bay during the day
Pray for opportunities to minister directly to the local people.
Pray for safety for everyone as we work
Pray that the project would be completed (septic system)
We appreciate your continued prayers for the team!
Thanks for your patience as you have waited for this report. It is good to be in one location now so that we can get settled in and on a regular schedule.