Our last morning in Uganda. It will be a long one. We are waking up at Paraa Safari Lodge and will drive to the top of the falls when we leave this morning around 8:45 (have to catch the 9:00 ferry!) From there, it will be another 1 hour to the south entrance of the park and then through Masindi and to the Kabalega Diner, where we will have lunch. We are trying something new today – Violet and I took menus during our last visit there and we are going to phone our order in around 30 minutes before we get there, to save time. We’ll see how that goes!
We will arrive back in Kampala in the late afternoon where we will take showers and reclaim all of our bags at the hotel. After a quick dinner, it will be a drive to Entebbe.
Our boat ride yesterday was cut short by a storm that blew in while we were on the water. We forged on for a time, huddled in the center of the boat, but when we saw lightning near the falls, we made the decision to turn around and head back to the dock. It was a bit of an adventure and the team, as expected, made the best of it. On the return trip, we snacked on ground nuts, popcorn, and potato crisps.
The shortened boat ride gave us some time to gather as a team for a couple of hours before dinner. I had asked them to be thinking all week of their “story”; what would they tell people when they return home. Last night, everyone began that process by talking about things that stuck out to them during the past week. There are many and some are gut-wrenching, but it was evident that God has worked in incredible ways in the last ten days. It is always good for me to hear these stories as a reminder of what may seem like meaningless organization turns into work with an impact! I am humbly proud of this team and what they have done and how they have shared.
Please continue to pray for us as we head home. Our flight leaves at 11:30 tonight so it will be a long day. There should be some sleep waiting for us on the first leg to Amsterdam. See you soon in St. Louis!
Why we turned around during our boat ride...
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