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!!”

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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!