We repeated our previous day's itinerary of a lengthy meeting with the teachers and leadership in the village and some special time with the sponsorship kids. We even managed to create a little Cardinal fever - Todd, Andy, and I were thrilled that it worked!
We enjoyed our time in Mbulamuti, a village that partners with Water's Edge in Allen, TX. They have acquired land, a well, and a fabulous school building in the last year and the children are thriving in an area that, in early 2011, was a heartbreaking place to visit.
After we left Mbulamuti, we drove to a village that we had never visited before - Namwendwa. The worship leader in Namwenda is Nicholas Mulero, a graduate of the sponsorship program in Nakabango! What a precious congregation they are. One little boy (who could not have been more than 3 years old) asked Nicholas, the Hearts and Hope accountant, why I wore make-up to make my skin white! Definitely not many American visitors here!
I also had the privilege of holding a tiny baby during most of our time there. Near the end, I was handed a second baby and was told they were twins! Only one and a half months old - and their mother is 19.
We loved our visit with them and look forward to a time when we can match them with a partner congregation in the U.S.
As the week has continued, we have been blessed to visit with so many of our Uganda friends and to travel with our staff. Looking forward to a wonderful weekend as well!