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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 3)

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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