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More Notes from our Ugandan traveler:

October 11, 2013

Mount Mutabaro - 14,400 feet.  Shared by Rwanda, Uganda, Congo“Hi Everyone!
Thanks so much for those who have responded to my updates. It makes me feel special to hear back from you!! Hope you are all well!

Things are great here since I am sleeping and eating again. I do miss my family a lot but enjoy getting to talk with Fred almost every evening. I bought a phone over here which allows me to call just about anywhere as long as I keep feeding it airtime which is a bit pricey but worth it!!!Bamboo forest --Pygmy country

Yesterday Isaac, our host’s son drove April and I to the Congo border on a wonderful highway, the only really good one in the country. We drove into Pygmy and gorilla country. I glimpsed some of the most spectacular mountain country!

The volcanic mountain Mutabaro is over 14,000 feet high and shadows Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo. I did see a few Pygmies but only as we sped by. No gorillas! They reside in the National Park and the entrance fee is way too expensive for missionary budgets.  We did see other interesting sights like a bamboo forest, pine trees, a taxi truck overflowing with people, a guy riding a bike with a child on the back holding on to a truck. It’s simple amazing how many thing are done here that would be illegal in the USA. A line of young women carrying many similar looking packages on their heads caught our attention. We asked Isaac (who is a Mugeka/local people group) what was going on. Apparently when a young lady weds,  her friends bring her gifts and come to stay with her for a few days AFTER she is married. The husband goes else where! Wouldn’t go over in the States! Do you think?

Family life is a community affair. The daughters and sons often live with their parents after they are married. I guess this is often the case in poorer countries.  And so it is here. Actually one of the daughters who is married and has a daughter lives in an apartment in town. The men do not help with “women’s” work but the women all work together, laughing and giggling as they wash, shopping for food, cook, clean and care for their children. They often sit awhile to chat and enjoy the day outside when it’s not raining. The pace themselves and “set” times are give or take an hour or two. This works great  for me!! My husband can verify that being on time is not my strong point!

Another thing I like is the healthy lifestyle. Their food is organic and locally grown and bought fresh each day. They walk almost everywhere unless they choose to hop on a bodaboda (not sure of spelling). These bicycles or motorcycles are available on every street corner for a small fee. Each vehicle is equipped with a padded seat and the person either straddles the seat or sits sidesaddle if a female.

Well, it’s time for sleep. I walked about three miles today and played and washed some clothes. I am tired!

More later, Judy”

A sweet mother and daughter, somewhere in this world...

A sweet mother and daughter, somewhere in this world…

I found this story on Facebook, and it really spoke to me, maybe because my little mommy is very elderly and every time I visit, it very well could be the last time I see her on this earth.  I hope you will read and enjoy this little story, apply it to whomever in your life it has meaning, and then, show them in some way how much you appreciate their life and relationship with you.

 “Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter’s departure had been announced…. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said: “I love you and I wish you enough.” The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.” They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I sat. Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever good-bye?” “I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is the next trip back will be for my funeral,” she said. When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, “I wish you enough.” May I ask what that means?” She began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more. “When we said ‘I wish you enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them”. Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from memory, “I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.” She then began to cry and walked away. 

They say it takes a minute to find a special person. An hour to appreciate them. A day to love them. And an entire life to forget them. Please Share this with your friends. It has the potential to inspire a lot of people.”

The Good News is that as Christians, when we rely on, trust in, believe in Jesus, we have hope to see our Christian loved ones forever and our separation is only for a moment in time.  If you have never received Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life, may I encourage you to do so.  He is loving, kind, strong, patient, forgiving and merciful.  Speaking personally, praying the sinners prayer was the best thing I have ever done in my whole life and I would recommend it with all my heart.  Life as a Christian is not easy, He will not allow you to stay as you are, you will forever grow, learn about yourself, and sometimes it isn’t very pleasant, but the peace and fulfillment factor is well worth whatever you may give up.

What I can promise you, though, is that you will have enough, and more than enough!

Judy and the gorillas

The only gorillas she’s seen!

Well, just when I finish one update, she sends another!  Hope you are enjoying what has become a bit of an internet diary of Judy’s wonderful trip to Uganda for the month of October.  I am trying to include as many of her photos as well.  Please let me know what you think!

God is so good…

October 11, 2013

“Still hanging out over here in Uganda and loving almost every minute now that I am sleeping and feeling tip top! Thanks to the Lord for intervening! I’ve decided that the life style here is way more healthier than ours, other than the risk of malaria. Our host family buys fresh food grown organically in nearby fields on a daily basis. They drink a fermented probiotic rich porridge made from sorghum regularly, exercise all of time by working hard and walking everywhere.  All of the women work together caring for the children ,cooking, washing and cleaning. And they sit to rest and visit………and best of all, serve tea and popcorn (my all time favorite food) every afternoon. And then I get to play with and love on the adorable children who are so curious about me and want to learn about America. Only draw back, I am missing my family….and sometimes electricity and flushing the toliet regularly.”

Judy and her laptop

Notice the mosquito netting?

Judy and 6 year old MoreenOctober 7, 2013

“Feeling much better today! I hung out at the house all day and mostly rested.  Stomach still a bit quirky.  Dorcas, my new friend, offered to do my wash. Very grateful as it is hard work. It’s all done by hand bending over a tub. We just got called for dinner. Never know what time it will beVendors in the Market Place served. Anywhere between 7-9pm. So I’ll try to post again later! Hope you saw the pictures I reposted from April Dobbs collection. Still need to get the picture thing figured out.

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Just a few highlights from the past few days before I close my eyes to the barking of dogs, people laughing and babies crying in the background. Night has fallen at the equator, always at the same time year round, 7am. Morning also comes at the same time, just 12 hours later.

Did I mention my first third world latrine experience? It’s not for the faint hearted but it was a nicer one than some so I survived.  Since the hole is ground level you have to squat real low and aim just right which I didn’t do very well.  Besides my legs are long and I was wearing a long skirt.  Men are so lucky sometimes!  Well I’m probably embarrassing my kids and husband but I had to share the nitty gritty so you can appreciate your clean bathrooms and restrooms wherever you go in the USA. 

On a more positive note, the church services yesterday were off the charts.  Boy, can the Ugandans sing!!!  Their voices are filled with the joy of the Lord and resonate full and rich accompanied by only a drum and lots of clapping.  I was captivated.  I am so blessed to be here despite stomach cramps every time I eat which hasn’t been much the past few days.  Keep me in your prayers and goodnight from Uganda!!”

******************The Market Place

October 9, 2013

“Greetings from the nation of Uganda.  Today is Independence Day.  51 years ago the nation separated from England!April Dobbs and Anajukare

We are watching the ceremonies on TV.  Just before that we returned from a walk to town to do banking and shopping.  It’s hard to describe the scenes observed along the route.  Nothing like I ever imagined.  April and I are escorted by Isaac our host’s son who does the bargaining and oversight of our purchases.  Plus he keeps us safe.  The natives stare at us endlessly and I do feel a bit conspicuous but don’t let it bother me. I wear my long skirt, a blouse and tennis shoes.  Many of the young women dress stylishly and that clothing is sold on the streets.  There are no decent sidewalks just hardened dirt with lots of ruts and uneven ground.  I must look down constantly to keep from tripping.  Once in awhile we are blessed with some smooth stones.  Trying to take in everything and walk at the same time is about impossible.  We return just as the rain starts to pour and I do mean pour!!

Thanks to many of you who prayed for me!  I decided not to eat yesterday but to only drink a mildly fermented African drink made from sorghum called oeoshari.  It is very tasty to me but then I am the gal who likes kefir and konbatcha in the US.  By last evening the stomach cramps were gone and I dared to eat lightly.  A neighbor had invited us over for dinner and served the most amazing food in her very beautiful home.  Auntie Nora, our hostess, runs a nursery school and is a very astute business woman.  Her school is the first nursery school in this area.  Our spread included g-nut spread, peanut spread, rice, mushroom soup, kale and many other meat dishes which I did not try.  Oh, must mention that she just had solar power installed in her home.

We have had electricity and water for the past two days and what a treat to take a real shower instead of bathing in a basin.  Apparently rain and electricity do not mix in Uganda.  Also when they have plumbing or electric problems there is no one to call to fix it.

Happily I am sleeping better.  It took about a week to get adjusted to the time change.  Also I am getting used to the altitude which is about 6500 and breathing easier. Judy and the school children

After the church service at the orphanage on Sunday we happily passed out the new sheets that were purchased with some of the money from your generous contributions.  Next we will be buying towels.  all of the wash at the orphanage is done in big kettles of water and hung on the wall surrounding the buildings to dry.  The kitchen is very primitive with cooking pots placed on wood coal fire pits to cook.  Dish washing water is heated in big kettles for cleanup.  It is all back breaking work done by some of the sweetest people.

Church in UgandaI love African singing accompanied by drums and vigorous clapping!  The church services are full of music that compels me to worship the Lord with all of my heart.  The liturgical Anglican services which I had never attended before are meaningful expressions of faith in the reality of our loving and might God.  Taking the offering and communion are not just tacked on to the service but are important parts of the worship service and lasted for about an hour.  I actually kneeled and took the wafer and wine from the priest.  Every part of the service other than sermon there is done with singing and the reading of the Scriptures.  The only down side was using the latrine after the service.  You’ll have to read my FB post for that story.

Time to sign off for now.  I think we’ll be going over to the orphanage in a few minutes to hand out more clothes to the kids.  That are out of school today because of Independence Day!!

Until another time, be well,

Judy” 

Wow, how exciting this whole adventure is!  Such a testament to God’s keeping power, triumphing over adversity, sharing His love with others, no matter who they are or where they are.  God bless these beautiful people!

Hope you are enjoying this as much as I am…so glad she’s letting me share this all with you.  Can’t wait for the next update!

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