Tuesday, February 17th
On Tuesday, we left our trial-run hotel as it began to sprinkle raindrops on the bus. No one complained; the weather was almost cool!
Our first stop was the village of Mbulamuti, where three churches in Dallas have partnered for almost 3 years. In that time, they have bought land, dug a borehole well, and built a beautiful school with a playground, soccer and netball fields.
Almost 500 students attend school hear now; as we drove up they poured out of the classrooms. We were told during the welcome speeches that the school is now “feared” by other schools because it is showing such success. Their first class of P7 students did very well on their standardized exams that they took in the fall; not one child failed. We look forward to even more success in Mbulamuti.
The women requested a netball game with the men. It was quite the sight; one of the competitors was at least 7 months pregnant. The men requested the game be kept to 10 minutes and came out victorious. We were all fairly certain that if it had gone regulation, the result might have been different.
After we left Mbulamuti, we went to Nakakabala. There is a Lutheran congregation there that has worshipped together since 2013. They really have nothing; someone has allowed them to meet on a tiny parcel of land where they have an orange tarp stretched over several poles. They are a joyful group though and have big plans for the future!
We handed out some shirts and dresses to the children, along with beach balls and candy. All those beach balls in the air at the same time was a beautiful sight! We ate lunch under a mango tree and got back on the bus to go back to Jinja. Ken and Violet worked on weaving some dyed banana fibers on the trip home.
Our last dinner at the Sunset was wonderful. That place really does become “home” during our trips. The staff takes great care of us and does everything we ask of them.
A huge “thank you” to Pastor Paul and Pastor Jason for leading our devotion time this week. They have given us much to think about and yet calmed our concerns over the feelings we each have of being overwhelmed.
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.