Team Uganda are now officially in Uganda! After having some slightly stressful missing luggage (now returned to us, safely!) we have made it to Gulu and are beginning to settle. [Life Lesson No. 1: Always pack spare underwear in your hand luggage!] Olivia and Kirsty enjoyed helping (watching) the boys playing car-boot-tetris with all of our suitcases!
We met Tim Darby one of our supervisors at the airport three hours later than expected! We were so relieved for his sense of humour and good nature. On the way up from Entebbe to Gulu he pointed out the Nile as we crossed over it, which was quite spectacular! We even saw some baboons! Meeting Linda and the kids were lovely too, we felt instantly at home and so welcome. Linda took us to experience the Gulu market for the first time, this was a great experience and we are excited for it to be an everyday experience. However the supermarket does sell slightly more Western items (like HP Sauce and Cup-a-Soup) which makes us feel more at home!
On Sunday, we went to our first church service – we were a little shocked when we were told that the service starts at 8am! But we had an amazing time and again felt so welcomed by the congregation. We were invited to a sports afternoon, the boys played some rugby and football and the girls watched (strategically, they weren’t dressed appropriately for sports).
Yesterday was Ugandan Independence Day, a public holiday for the country, so we decided to relax at the local swimming pool with some of the mission families we have met so far. It was so lovely to soak up some of the sun, cool down in the pool and have a laugh with the kids! We were then invited to a barbeque at Tim and Linda’s which we gratefully accepted (it meant the boys missed their cooking duty on the rota!).
Prayer and Praise Points:
- Praise for returned luggage, that all of our bags got back to us within a day!
- Prayer that we gradually adapt to the heat and the culture.
- Praise for good relationships already being formed between the team and local people, pray that this continues.
- Pray as we start our projects, that God will guide us and remind us of his presence in all that we do.