Archive for October 5, 2013


Here’s another installment of the always interesting and very exciting trip of my dear friend, Judy, who is out of the country for the first time ever.  I have once again taken the liberty of tweaking some spelling, grammar, etc.  and added some internet photos I found of the area she speaks about until her own pictures are available, but basically this is her report.  Please enjoy with me as she tells more of the story:

Perhaps this is what Judy saw.

Perhaps this is what Judy saw.

“Agande! That is Rukega for hello! Rugeka is the language spoken in this area of Uganda. As you might imagine I am having the time of my life. Until today I have felt well and had plenty of energy despite little sleep and tons of activity. Despite not feeling well God came through as usual and I was able to play tourist. Issac Rorihoona, our host’s son, drove The Dobbs, Halina and I to the most amazing and beautiful lake I have ever seen Lake Bunyonyi. Yes, in some ways more glorious than Tahoe and much less populated. The lake holds 29 islands and we took an old wood motor boat to one where we ate lunch and walked some. I saw the most perfect vacation spot! My brother and Kalee would love it! A large African styled hut with huge comfy bed and other simple furnishings and open to the lake view. Just below the cabin were  very clean looking (unusal for this area) latrine and shower.

While crossing the lake we could see terraced mountains and women cultivating the ground, many birds, cows, goats, dugout canoes, flowers and other lush vegetation. The day was perfect! Fluffy clouds, right temperature, and no rain! Everywhere along the way people called out to us, “moozgoo” (not the right spelling but means white man). The children in particular are excited and all smiles when they greet us! We saw lots of people, mainly men hammering away at rocks to make gravel and sand for construction. Rick and April had brought over safety goggles that are discarded in the USA. The workers were happy to receive them as many do serious damage to their eyes when bits of rocks fly off.carved boats
Needless to say I could go on and on. I wanted to write sooner but we’ve had challenges with the internet setup. My roommate, Halina are learning more patience hour by hour. Halina is a young friend of the Dobbs (the couple who began the orphanage).  This is her first trip to Africa as well!  She is so much fun and we love talking and doinhg lide together in our sparse bedroom. I am using her laptop for the next 10 days until she has to go home. 

Just a few samples to give you an idea: A toilet that does not flush well, a sink outside that only gives a trickle of water and not hot, no electricity most of the time and this morning the water was off too. Flushing the toilet was done by carrying rain water from the barrel in a pan and dumping it in and plunging the bowl. The plumbing is old and decrepit. The electricity wiring is not up to code! I could relate quite a list of all  the inconveniences, a very long one!!! Let’s just say that we in the USA are blessed beyond measure and should give thanks to our Creator for allowing us the incredible privilege of living in our great nation!
Having said all of that, let me share about the people. The Rorihoona family is hospitable beyond words. They are all so sweet and gracious, warm, loving, fun, generous, etc.!! I felt like I had know them for ever…love at first sight!! Rev. Rorihooni is the sweetest man with the biggest smile ever! The grown children live here and work  at the orphanage. Several have college degrees. The Mrs. walks like a queen, is very beautiful and runs the home with such grace and ease. Sadly she does not speak any English.  The others do but with accents. If they speak slowly I can usually understand them. If I speak with my fake British accent they understand me. So funny. The children in the orphanage are the highlight! Only pictures can tell the whole story!! They are so appreciative of the simplest things and very respectful! They loved receiving the pillowcase dresses and tee shirts and toys!  They loved playing the hokey pokey and laughed and entered in.  At this 7,000 ft. elevation  I almost collapsed by the time we were done!

I do hope you find this interesting and not too long. I’ll hopefully write more often from now on and not so long!!
Blessings and love to my friends and family,

Judy”

Sounds so wonderful.  Hope you enjoyed this next installment of a missionary in the making.  I can’t wait for the next one!

As promised, we are following Judy on her trek to Uganda for a month and the first pictures and story have been forwarded to me via Facebook.  With very few tweaks for grammar, spelling and punctuation, here is her first report:Shepherd’s Love

Judy meeting the school children for the first time

Judy meeting the school children for the first time

Judy, Halina Muller, and friends having lunch

Judy, Halina Muller, and friends having lunch

As you may have heard by now through other sources, I made it to Africa without a hitch!!  The flights were full of interest and new people to connect with.  I especially liked the leg from Brussels to Kigali, Rwanda and hearing lots of French spoken and eating delicious and healthy food.  I also met the sweetest nun from Uganda who works with the poor and homeless in Florida.  We had the opportunity to pray for her briefly.  Continued…”

“….Landing at the airport in Rwanda was like going back a few decades.  I had to carry my bags down a stair ramp and then up and down a few more flights.  I was huffing.  Lots of waiting for a ride that did not come and finally took a wild ride through the city to our guest house.  At last we got sleep and rest for our tired and aching butts!!  To be continued….”

“There is so much more to share!  It seems that these past five days I have lived 5 months.  I feel like I am on a different planet!  Seeing and living in a third world country is nothing like hearing about it or even seeing pictures on the TV!  But the people are amazingly beautiful and hospitable even if the sights and smells are a bit hard to take!!  The children at the orphanage and school are gracious and thankful, though by US standards have very little.  The main thing that is hard for me is the dirt.  Impossible to keep bodies and premises clean.  In the home where we are staying all of the cooking is done on the cement floor.  I could share a million details but my computer time is about up.  I will try to post pics if I can get that figured out.”

As you can probably tell, this has to be right up there with the top 5 or 10 things in Judy’s life that she’ll never, ever forget.  I’m so glad that we have this opportunity to share her once-in-a-lifetime trip with her.  Although I realize most of you don’t know my wonderful friend, I’m so thrilled to be able to share her, and her precious new friends and acquaintances with you.

If you wish, please feel free to pray for her, the children, the orphanage and school which is cared for through Shepherd’s Love Ministry.  For additional information and a blog, written by April Dobbs, with more details of what goes on with the children, here is the link:

http://www.shepherdslove.com/page/blog

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