Our last day near Jinja…. It’s always a day full of emotions. Sad to leave, excited for our side trip to Murchison Falls, sorry to leave so many friends behind. Mix in a lot of exhausted team members and you could have a long bus ride back to Kampala.
But not last night. There was a buzz the entire way back. And this one wasn’t all Violet talking! Discussions about shopping purchases, kids we got to see again in Nakabango, Jason watching me and 5 boys in hot pursuit of another boy who stole a Frisbee from Mirabu, and Charlie’s fluency in the local language. So many laughs! So many tears! And they are all good.
Our first stop yesterday morning was in Nakabango. I wanted the team to see the students in school, since our previous visit was on a Sunday. It was good to tour each classroom and listen to their greetings. We played Twister with the P6 and P7 kids; just as much fun to watch here as it is at home!
Chrissy and Charlie had the chance to do some teaching in the P6 classroom. They both did Immanuel-St Charles and Messiah proud, although Chrissy did have to step in and alter Charlie’s sketch of the United States. The kids loved the variation in their day!
We had about an hour to play with the kids during an unplanned recess and it was priceless time. Jump ropes and Frisbees were everywhere and giggling kids were the norm. It was a tough goodbye but we left knowing we had brought a little sunshine to those students.
From Nakabango it was on to the Source Café for lunch and then shopping. So. Many. Bags!!! Mariah, Maj, and Violet are wonderful help and bargains were secured by everyone. I love watching team members make choices for their family and friends. Please know that much thought goes into those puchases!!
Our next stop was Kampala. We managed to avoid any major “jams” and arrived at the hotel around 6:15.
We spent the evening having dinner at the Rock Garden restaurant. It is a nicer venue and is a great place to unwind after a long day. Many were in their rooms shortly after we returned to the Hotel Africana.
This morning we are off to Muchison Falls National Park. I can think of no better place to process what we have seen and to enjoy God’s creation as a team. Please pray for safe travel and some peaceful days as we prepare to come home this weekend!
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