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