The team's day began in worship at Nakabango Lutheran Church. There were baptisms, confirmations and communion - a beautiful service!
In the afternoon, the team blasted into action! There are over 170 kids from Nakabango sponsored by Messiah Lutheran Church and friends so there were many packets to deliver. We set the desks up outside and it was much more pleasant than when we work inside the church building. Pictures were taken and everyone got a packet. The buzz in the air as the kids opened their packets made us think of Christmas morning. Thank you to the sponsors who sent packets for their kids!
After the service we processed to the field where the new permanent school will be constructed. Funding is being provided by Messiah and we look forward to this huge step in our partnership!
The rest of the afternoon was spent doing our normal activities: playing soccer (this time with a clinic by Charlie and Jason!), making soap with the women, painting a lot of little girls' nails, creating chalk masterpieces, and just enjoying times with the kids. At one point, I looked across the lawn in front of the current primary school and say beach balls, soccer balls, and Frisbees all flying through the air. The joy on the kids faces is priceless when this kind of attention is given to them by the team!
On our way home, we stopped by a "pork joint" owned by one of the previously sponsored students, Alex Bakaki. This was a special visit for Charlie Brewster because his parents have provided support for Alex for several years. He sells "takeaway" grilled pork, but he also has a table set up inside for those who want to stick around to eat! We had the chance to buy a few crafts and then went on our way to the Sunset Hotel.
Dinner was wonderful, as usual; lots of team members had their second whole tilapia of the week! After dinner, a dance party erupted so that Pastor Chuck could learn the Cha-Cha Slide. Mission accomplished!
We look forward to our visit to Butangala today, where Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wentzville partners. I am thankful for this hard-working team who gives their all - every day!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.