Friends, you are welcome.
This is a common greeting here in Uganda. Meaning that you indeed are welcomed here and we feel it.
The last 3 days have been splendid! On Friday we finally got to Suubi to see the projects new constructions, tour classrooms and see the students of Suubi. What a joy it was to see the roof on the new school construction, the completed safe hose, the new playground equipment and the classrooms of Suubi! So much has happened since our visit in 2016!!! It’s is indeed only the splendor of Jesus. Some of the previous teammates who were on the trip in 2016 were blown away by how much the teachers took what we taught and made it their own. It was humbling to see how they have brightened class space, incorporated class organization and are reading with expression to students!!!
We are anxious to begin this year's training and once again collaborating with them.
Towards the end of our day, we got to interact briefly with the students. The students fought over which Muzungo’s (means white person) hand they’d hold and I think each of us had about 7 children literally grabbing fingers, arms, and elbows. Of course still laughing at our floppy white skin in strange spots and laughing when we tried to pronounce some names. It was all wonderful!!!
We created a ‘fair’ like event with face painting, parachutes, balls, hula hoops, frisbees and all-time favorite sweets! We were hot and sweaty as we ran under the African sun for 2 hours with these blessed children. Again, only the splendor of Jesus!!!
After our fair, we stopped to see the amazing Kalagala Falls. The water was rushing and is quite high due to all the rain they have had. It is still an amazing sight! (pictured at the top of this post)
Today, Sunday, Brother Phil brought the message to Suubi Community Church. He was led by the Spirit and did a fantastic job of sharing God’s design on parenting. Worship at Suubi did not disappoint. We were dancing, clapping, jumping and waving our hand in the air for the glory of Jesus!
After church, we had time with the teachers to just connect and to get to know them better. It was a great opportunity to try to hear our voices as we all speak English but have different accents. There was lots of laughter as we shared our names, families, and favorite food. We did learn an important lesson when sharing your favorite food. If your favorite food should happen to be ‘tacos’ it is best to say Mexican food or burrito because ‘taco’ is a bad word in Uganda. Oops! Much grace was extended by our Ugandan friends learning the cultural difference between their American friends ;)
Would you pray?
- We have had late nights and struggle to sleep through the night so please continue to pray for sleep and our energy as we head into training week with the teachers.
- Pray over our training time, that the teachers would feel encouraged and loved. That our speech would not hinder understanding and the material we present would be Spirit led.
- We have overall remained healthy (Praise!) a few stomach issues here and there. Please continue to pray over our health.
- Another big one - the safe house is up and ready (in part, thanks to Woodlands Student Ministries effort!), however, they need a signature from the village of Bukeka official that allows the space to be a lived-in dormitory. Pray that they can secure this signature quickly and efficiently and in a way that honors God!
Tonight we received letters from our loved ones and friends from home. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. They mean a lot to know when we are thousands of miles away you care so deeply for us. Thank you!
We will be in touch to let you know how the training is going.