Saturday, August 9, 2014
Good morning! We are back in Jinga after two blessed days with our friends Fred and Ruth. We arrived in Soroti on Thursday afternoon and were excited to see so many familiar sights from last year! We went to Pastor Fred’s home and were greeted by he and his children. He then took us to the store they have started called BACO. They are selling baskets, pictures and many other things including the matchbox cars that Hudsonville Christian collected. The money they make from the store is going toward building a home and church in their village which will also house some total orphans.
We then met Ruth at a wedding meeting in the town chambers. It was a wonderful reunion and we attended the meeting with them. In Uganda they fund raise for their wedding and reception and have several planning committees. Wow, it seems to me that it is much easier to plan a wedding in the US then here!
After the meeting we ate at Fred and Ruth’s home. We were served the traditional meal of beans, rice, atop, and a little meat. Those of us who were here before did not need to try the atop again but the others did. It is a brown play dough like food with what tastes like grains of sand in it, yum. Of course, that is only my take on what it tastes and feels like in your mouth.
We stayed Thursday night at a guest house behind Fred and Ruth’s home. We had a good nights sleep and God blessed us with the opportunity to visit their family village on Friday. We left for the village and drove the half hour to Pastor Fred’s family village. To drive down the path to their village was an exciting thing. Their village is beautiful and so are the faces of the people who live there! We were greeted by Fred’s dad and mom and so many people we met last year. The only man who was missing was the grandfather of the village who passed away a month ago. He was the first Christian in the area and did so much to spread the good news to the people here. After greeting everyone with handshakes and hugs we sat down to hear the history of the village by Joseph. He then took us on a tour of the property and ended up at the piece of land where they will be building their home and church. We then experienced first hand the building of the latrine. We saw a man laying on his back in a 6 ft by 3 ft hole, using a spade he was digging down. Right now he is 8 feet down and needs to go 20ft before he is finished! Building a toilet in America is way…easier.
After lunch we were privileged to give out some dresses to the village girls. They were made by Anita Huizenga and some of her friends. We were the blessed people to be able to take the dresses to the village and dress little girls who have so little, what fun! The looks and smiles on their faces were precious.
After the tour we were surprised to have the men play finger instruments for us. The instruments were all hand made and made a joyful noise unto The Lord!!!! They then served us lunch of rice, beans, posho (a white food which reminds me of mashed cauliflower), some meat and sauce and Chipatas. At home Chipatas would be very thick tortillas. They wash your hands before and after the meal with a pitcher and basin. Probably the hardest part of eating the meal is with your fingers and having all of the people “watch” you eat out of respect. We would never serve our guests and leave them but that is their custom.
After lunch we shared with them how much it meant for us to be in their village again. They also spoke to us to tell us how much they appreciated us coming again this year. They send there love to the people back home. Who knows, maybe the next time we meet we will be in heaven around the throne of God! Then there will be no difference in the color of our skin or how we live or talk. What a blessed day that will be! Yeah! After many tearful goodbyes we once again drove to our home away from home, Jinga.
This morning we are reading, cooking, baking, playing, resting and making sure everything is ready to start putting the playground up on Monday. The tires have been delivered to the school in Naigobya!! I was able to visit George’s shop this morning. He is making the swing sets and the watchtower and slide. How exciting and blessed to see things come into shape. God is good!!!!
Thanks for your prayers. We are blessed to be a blessing in Uganda!
Darwin, Sally, Michael, Bri, Sandy and Arry