Sorry for no actual post on Thursday; we spent the night at a hotel in Kamuli and had no wifi or cell service (or even any electricity starting around 11:30 that evening!) We started the day by checking out of our beloved Sunset Hotel and beginning our drive to Mbulamuti. We took a new route that involved crossing the river on a ferry - never a dull moment!
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.
A precious song from the kids in Namwenda.
After we got to the hotel, Charles surprised us with a "goat roasting" for dinner. I fear I wasn't as excited as I should have been, but it HAD been a long day!
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!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.