The team started our day with a devotion about the royalty that we all are in God's eyes. We ended with a song by Audio Adrenaline, "Kings and Queens". Everything about it is pertinent to what we are seeing everyday - orphans that God considers royalty.
We loaded up the bus, after a brief blessing from the balcony by Pastor Schlie. Lots of supplies needed for our projects. We hit the road at 10AM "sharp" :-).... and headed to Kainagoga Lutheran school where we received a joyful welcome! The choir/drama team performed several songs and dances for the team. The Headmaster also introduced the teaching & school staff. Pastor Chuck commissioned several top students as prefects for the following school year, with the formalities out of the way it was time to have fun!
We broke out the sponsorship packets which were greatly received from 25 students. ("shameless plug"-lots of children are waiting to be sponsored for just less than 83 cents a day). We let the kids paint, which they love, and spent a lot of time just hanging out with them - always a favorite day. We had lunch and boarded the bus for Nakabango.
Within minutes of our arrival the skies opened up and we dashed inside the school structure. The sound of the rain on the tin roof was deafening and it only got worse over the next 30 minutes. The red dirt turned to a slick clay. When the rain subsided a bit, we set up stations so that the sponsorship kids could paint. So much fun to watch them get to be creative! Primary school sponsors - you are going to love those paintings!
We left around 4:30 and headed back to the Sunset Hotel International - our home away from home. We are set up on the veranda, in case of more rain, and just enjoyed some beef samosas as "starters". It is our last night here, so I'm anticipating a late night.
The team is in great health and good spirits; such a blessing to accomplish all that we have in the past few days. Thank you for your prayers!
Some pictures from our time in Kainagoga & Nakabango on Thursday
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