There’s a First Time for Everything!

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!).

We managed to get a photo in the cockpit of our first flight, thanks to the cabin crew of Brussels Air!

Smiles of relief when we found our lost luggage!

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.
17 replies
  1. Jean says:

    Lovely to get ur news. Look like u are all fitting in well. This is a great adventure for u all,but message is greater. Will have u all in my prayers. Look forward to more news. God bless u .

  2. Bonnie says:

    What an amazing begining for start of your journey xx so glad you all safely arrived together! Lots of love and prayers for you all xx

  3. Joe says:

    Good to hear you all arrived safely. God bless you all and Joseph saty alert and keep in touch. Love you xx

  4. Paul Campion says:

    Brilliant to get a photo in the cockpit! So pleased you enjoyed Independence Day. Sarah was also happy to have a long weekend and went to Sipi Falls on the East side of Uganda with some others from her school. We will pray for you especially on Sunday as you adapt to everything Ugandan.

  5. Deborah says:

    “‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. ”’
    Numbers 6:24-26
    Praying for you

  6. Lucy says:

    Girls good job you have two strong men to lift those suitcases!!! Joseph zero excuses for the girls not getting involved in the sports day!

    Love how much your all embracing the culture, the hospitality and friendships seem particularly special.

    Luggage going missing…. gods way of saying keep your eyes on him!

    Can’t wait for the next blog.

    Lucy xxx

  7. Ben and Grace says:

    Great blog team, gald you got there safe! Praying that you’ll get off to a great start, and look forward to hearing more!!

  8. Laura Wass says:

    Glad you guys had a safe journey to Gulu it really is a long journey but it’s so worth it! Loving the pictures with the blog, makes me really miss Gulu. Also are you guys addicted to Rolex yet? Will be praying for you guys as a team as you settle into Gulu life and the culture.
    Have an amazing 6 months, can’t wait for more blogs and pictures. Let me know if you’ve got any questions or need any recommendations. GULU IS THE BEST!!!
    Laura (Uganda Action Team 15/16)

  9. Rachel says:

    Great to read your updates and see the pictures. Glad you are settling in well. Praying for you all xx

  10. Barbara and Les says:

    So lovely to read about your amazing adventure so far. God Bless all four of you and all you meet. So looking forward to the next update

    • Pat Graham says:

      What a start to an amazing adventure You couldn’t have planned it so well your selves having a day of to rest after the long journey isn’t God good Praying The .lords blessing on all of you Trusting you will be much used as you seek to serve Him in Gulu Praying for you all

  11. Hannah Luke & Hope UK staff says:

    So glad to hear you are all settling in well. I am loving all the photographs!
    Sorry to hear about the luggage (but praise the Lord it was returned!) =D

    Thoughts and prayers with you all

    Love, us all at Hope UK!

  12. Phil Stewart says:

    Great to read your news, glad to see you are settling in well (despite missing luggage!). Praying that God will continue to help you adapt and that you will be excited and challenged as you serve in this different culture.

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