The Uganda Team has begun their project. Saturday we had our first Sunday school program at the base from 3:30pm-6:30pm. There were about 50 kids when it started and many more came throughout the afternoon. The team began with action songs. Then Andrew gave the Bible lesson and taught the Bible verse. Mitchell, Bo, Sadie and Shelby taught phonics. Then we all played games together.
Sunday our team walked down the hill to a nearby church. We had to stop along the way to take pictures of about a dozen monkeys up in the trees along the path. The service began with Sunday school at 9:45am. Our team was given the entire service beginning at 11am. They sang a few songs, Andrew and Katie R. shared a testimony, and eight others participated in the drama. Shelby volunteered to share. She did a great job! She was well prepared and had a translator for those who did not speak English.
Monday was our first day on the worksite. We are finishing off the dining room building. Right now there is just a floor. We are slashing (with machetes) the grass in preparation for the loads of sand and rock that will be delivered today. We are also straightening out rebar to use in the cap beams. We will also be finishing off the storeroom. Today we will be buying the rest of the supplies so we will be very busy trying to get everything done up to the roof. The highlight of the day (as you will see from all the videos they took) was when the students slaughtered a sheep.
We are well taken care of here at the base. It is the perfect place for a team. We have beds, toilets, electricity, a two-burner propane stove, two fridges and we have an oven we can use (it cooks with firewood). There have been very few mosquitoes. The weather has been unusually hot for this time of year. It was 86 degrees the day we arrived. The nights are cool and the evening skies are usually clear with a million stars. We like to have evening devotions out in the grassy lawn underneath the stars.
It took most of the day to write this as the power was off for a while and I had to run to town, now it is late so I will try to send pictures next time.
Please pray for team unity, spiritual growth, encouragement and overall good attitudes in every situation (whether it be work or classes).
From the team:
Sara S. – The past few days have been crazy after all the traveling. We moved into the dorms and immediately began practicing for our MSSM (Sunday School). The children are amazing and Africa is beautiful. We got to play soccer, perform and began developing relationships with the locals. It’s better than I could have ever imagined.
Hannah – Even though our time here is just starting, it has been three of the most amazing days of my life. All of the children are so beautiful and friendly. I love laughing with them and playing soccer was so so much fun. I want to move here one day and be with all of these beautiful people here. God has showed me how incredibly blessed I am and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for the rest of the summer.
Savannah – Hey mom and dad, I can’t wait to see you here in Uganda. It’s beautiful. We have played soccer with so many kids. They are so sweet. It’s pretty hot here, but not too bad. The kids love to dance and take pictures. I love you so much. Can’t wait to see you!
Caden – Hey Mom and Dad, I am having so much fun here in Uganda. The church here is so cool. I wish it was like that in America. Soccer is so much fun and the kids are so nice. I miss you and can’t wait to see you.
Levi – Today (Sunday) was probably our best day here. First we went to church, which was amazing. Although it was kind of hard to understand sometimes, they all wanted us to sing over and over when it was our turn to go on stage. Then for the rest of the day we played soccer. It was a blast, but I know I’m going to sleep well tonight.
Katie C. – Hey family (and Eric and “family”), everything is going great so far in Uganda. We got to be with some of the kids yesterday and today. I’m already in love with these precious children. But don’t worry, I am also missing you guys more and more each day. I can’t wait to see what other things the Lord has in store for me this summer. Love you all!
Joshua – It is a great place here. Saturday we did a MSSM Sunday School, it was really fun.
Ashton – Hey mom and dad! We got here a few days ago and I absolutely love everything about this place. Yesterday we got to do the MSSM Bible study with the kids and it was honestly so much fun my face hurt from smiling so much! All of the kids are so beautiful and have so much joy in every little thing. Since being here, I have learned so much about everything that we take for granted. All of the people here are just so glad and thankful that we came in the first place and we didn’t even have to do or say anything! Anyway…I’m in love with this place and these people.
Sadie – Hey Mama and Daddy and Sara from Africa! This place is amazing. The people are friendly and we get to play with the kids everyday. God is making an impact in the lives of these kids.