Pastor Paul and Beth Schult and I arrived safely in Kampala around midnight on Sunday evening. It is Beth’s first visit to this beautiful country so it was fun to watch her try to take everything in during the drive from the airport!
We enjoyed a quick meal of fish, chicken and chips and followed it up with about 4 hours of sleep. Our bus was almost on time (!) and we headed to Jinja. Mariah, the newest full-time Hearts and Hope employee, and Henry, the HH4U Project Coordinator joined us.
We stopped at the Sunset Hotel to pick up Pastor Scott and Lori Rische, who, along with Paul and Beth, are running the PLII conference for 18 pastors and their wives this week.
We made the 20-minute journey to Kainagoga and were simply blown away by the two new school structures! We have received pictures over the past 4 months of the progress, but nothing could prepare us for the sight of these two buildings looming over the narrow strip of land purchased a few years back. The future for the students there is bright and we cannot say “thank you” enough to Pastor Cliff Hellmers and his friends, as well as the Party With a Purpose attendees who funded this impressive project.
School has not started yet in Uganda. Normally the Monday in February is go-day, but because of the national elections, it has been put off until February 22nd. We weren’t sure what to expect in regards to attendance, but were pleased to see lots of smiling students when we arrived. They entertained us with several songs that hammered home the “you are most welcome, dear visitors” theme and loved every minute of it!
We handed out packets to the 40 sponsored kids and enjoyed some time just being with them. After a light lunch, it was time to head back to our beloved Sunset Hotel International. A few of us managed to squeeze in a quick nap before dinner. The Schults and Risches spent time preparing for their first day of PLII, while Mariah, Violet and I caught up on each other’s lives. Paul enjoyed the first “whole tilapia” of the week. It was a lovely, EARLY evening and the consensus this morning is that we were all asleep much earlier than normal.
Praying for a wonderful first day of PLII, as the Hearts and Hope staff and I head to a village where Butangala has planted a new congregation. On the way home, we are hoping a quick stop at the market will glean us a blow dryer and toothpaste! We thank our families and friends for helping to make this trip possible. Thanks to everyone for your prayers!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.