We have officially finished training! We are so excited to head overseas and get stuck in with the local people of Gulu. Our last two weeks of training were busier than the first, if that’s even possible! We visited different places of worship, learnt the many things a triangular bandage can do, and gave free hugs on the street. We thought that the best was to demonstrate all that we have done would be as a photo montage, so here goes…
Team bonding escalated to a new level as James allowed Kirsty (with the help of about 6 assistants) to cut his hair!
Olivia and Kirsty took part in an eight-hour First Aid course, learning how to save the lives of the other team members… (of course having a pen stuck in your arm is a realistic scenario!)
…While the boys were busy learning the vital skill of face painting (we didn’t like to admit it, but they were actually pretty good).
We spent an amazing afternoon with Chris Duffett on the streets of Birmingham city centre, he inspired us all with his incredibly joyful personality. As a team we were given £5 to buy anything we liked to give to people around Birmingham! We bought three bouquets of flowers (for the price of two!) and gave them to people as a sign of God’s love!
As part of our cultural orientation, we went to a local Gurdwara where we were given tea and curry to try after a guided tour, which was very different to British tea, but surprisingly we all enjoyed it and were very grateful for their hospitality. It was at this moment James learnt what a chapatti was, and his life will be forever changed!
Last weekend, we went back to our training church, Shirley Baptist, and got involved in all of the different activities again! This time we led a harvest-themed children’s talk in the morning service, before being welcomed into Sunday School where we had some really great conversations. Paul then entrusted us with the entire evening service, none of us had ever led a full service before so it was a new and exciting challenge for all of us which we thoroughly enjoyed… although we were very grateful to Paul for his guidance! After the service we were invited to the local pub (*gasps from the audience*) for the weekly pub quiz, which we proudly lost!
Team Uganda are so thankful and appreciative to all of the staff at IMC and BMS for making our training month so much better than we could ever have hoped for or imagined! We would like to extend a special thanks to Linda and Stuart (the kitchen staff) for the incredible food, but most importantly, the laughs that came along with the washing up – you have never seen us look more attractive!
Here are some more photos to demonstrate how much fun we have had at training!
- Pray God’s blessing over all of the staff at IMC and BMS, thanking Him for their wisdom, guidance and hospitality this past month.
- Pray for restful few days with family and friends back home, that our final preparations will fall into place before our flight.
- That the team will smoothly assimilate into the new culture and adapt to differences we might face, including culture shock.