After a good night’s rest for most of us, it was time for the 3-hour bus ride to the village of Nalwire. This village is east of Jinja, where we stay, and is on the border between Uganda and Kenya. This was this team’s first exposure to the dusty red roads that Uganda is know for; the roads that provide an “African massage”! Pastor Paul and I couldn’t help but recall the good old days when that’s the only kind of road we traveled here. (Uphill, in a snowstorm?)
Pastor Nicholas who serves in Nalwire and his wife joined us on the bus ride. We also picked up two sweet girls that are special sponsorships in Iganda, who also joined us for the day.
We arrived to find a throng of beautiful kids - and lots of adults. We enjoyed some dancing and reports from the head of the school and the church inside their small mud structure.
Pastor Paul and Beth Schult serve at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Redwood City, California. Redeemer is partnering with this village through Hearts & Hope. What a thrill for them to see the new well that was funded by the generosity of their members! Life changing! They brought shirts for the Nalwire leaders from their friends at Redeemer. They were also able to present musical instruments to the church - a precious gift, especially in a community that expresses their joy through music so well.
We made bracelets with the women and then enjoyed lunch. Afterwards, the parachute came out and the face-painting and tattoos began! The line never got shorter over the next hour but there were a lot of kids walking around beaming with a flower or soccer ball painted on their foreheads!
All too soon it was time to climb back on the bus. We got back to the hotel after 7:00 and ordered dinner before heading to the shower. For the second night in a row, most of the team headed to their rooms before 10:00!
We are looking forward to worshipping in a new village today - even our staff has never been there. It is sure to be a great experience. Photos to follow!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.