On the Veranda with Amanda
Hey Friends & Family,
Greetings!! Hope all is well. As for me, it has been good, but a lot has been happening and going to happen. Now is the time to tell you about what has been happening and what I did this summer, but I do just want to thank you for all the prayers. Since being back in the office, we are closing out the 2016 summer teams and getting ready for 2017. Soon we will begin registering team members, volunteers and leaders for the summer.
This summer I was able to lead a great team of 18 girls and five boys to Uganda along with a couple of other leaders. It was a foot washing team, where we gave out shoes to orphans who never even had a pair before. We began our journey to Uganda on July 4. We flew into Jinja where we stayed for a couple days before packing up the truck to travel to Koboko, which was a 17-hour ride. We stayed in Koboko for two weeks. While in Koboko, we washed over 200 orphans’ feet. We ended up running out of shoes which was a big disappointment for the orphans. We had a great time there and we didn’t want to leave.
We were also able to do a lot of construction work; the team worked really hard. We left Koboko on the 22nd of July (Friday) and it was about a 12-hour truck ride to Bugoi. We were definitely out in the bush. We washed about 115 people’s feet and handed out shoes. Again, there was not enough shoes to meet the need.
On July 29, we began our 10-hour truck ride back to Jinja. Despite some truck issues, the team was great and played games and talked and hung out. The team members were so patient. We finally got to the base and began projects there.
At the base we cleaned up, finished classes and went sightseeing. As for me, I missed out on sightseeing, because I was sick with malaria so I stayed back and slept so I would be feeling better to bring the team back to the States. We had good flights back, thanks to very good and helpful team members. We got back to Merritt Island on August 6th. I missed Debrief, because I ended up in the hospital for three days due to the malaria. It was a big disappointment to miss these last days with my team.
Thank you to everyone for your prayers and financial support. It was a great summer; hard and I made mistakes, but I learned so much and am looking forward to an even a better summer next time.
*My 2 biggest hospital bill are paid off; I was
able to get financial aid.
*That I will be able to pay off the rest of the bills from doctors
*For my health – I still have some stomach pain