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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”

Uganda Bound (Part 2)

Judy almost packedYou may recall that a few weeks ago I shared an email from Judy, a long time friend of mine who, at the age of 67, is getting the opportunity of a life-time–a missionary trip to Uganda to share her faith and testimony with children and others she meets along the way.

To prepare for her trip she asked those who wished to participate to join with her financially so that she could buy toys, clothing, etc. for the children.  Here are a few of the photos she shared of her endeavors so far:

Judy's trip to UgandaJudy's trip to Uganda3ready to go to UgandaFred and JudyThough she leaves behind her husband, Fred (a saint of a man!), four grown children and gobs of precious grandchildren, she will find it a joy, I’m sure, to minister to others outside her comfort zone.  A month long trip full of experiences, good and bad, that she has promised to share with us during her visit and after she returns home.  I’m so excited for her and hope you will lift her up in prayer and good thoughts for a successful time of giving to the children in Uganda.

Should you wish to find out more about the ministry that she will be working with during her stay, please visit: http://www.shepherdslove.com/

Much has gone into the preparations for this type of trip, much less prayer for months prior, and, yes, years in Judy’s preparation to overcome fear which had plagued her for most of her life to one degree or another.  This is why I’m so excited to support her new venture, because I know how impossible this trip would have been years ago.

So, Judy, knowing you leave in a day or two, I want to wish you every success, blessings abundant, and safe return to your beautiful family in a month or so from now!  We look forward to stories of God’s “little miracles” in Uganda as I’m sure they will bless your heart.  Have confidence in God as you travel.  You are in Good Hands!  God’s Speed!

“And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.  And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.”  1 John 5:14-15  The Amplified Version


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