Monday, March 14, 2011

The Weekend

Aw….what a wonderful weekend!! The Lord has really provided friendships for me while here and it’s so refreshing. How sweet to live with other girls how share the same heart and desire to serve the Lord. He has provided a place for fellowship and also an environment where we can share each other’s burdens and take them before Him in prayer. I went with three of the other volunteers Rakul, Simona, and Sarah to Kampala to spend the weekend with Megan. Megan lives and works for an NGO in Kampala and has been coming to Jinja almost every weekend to get out of the craziness that is Kampala!! I have so enjoyed getting to know her and will miss seeing her when she heads back to the States on Wednesday. People have said that Kampala is crazy and we were given at least three warnings each by the mamas as we left. And it is!! There are so many people in a relatively small place, no traffic rules, it’s overwhelming, its busy,  and it’s dirty. After spending two days there-I’m really glad I live in Jinja! We arrived Friday evening after almost leaving Sarah behind. Her boda driver took her to the wrong taxi park where we were waiting on the bus for her. But that’s a long story and she made it just in time.
On the coaster (bus) headed to Kampala-with Sarah 
All of us pitched in and made fish tacos for dinner and just enjoyed each other’s company; in the dark (cause that’s what happens when you live in Uganda). Saturday we SLEPT IN-what a treat! And then went to Entebee to spend a relaxing day by the pool. It was wonderful!! Sunday was church and then we climbed a few trees to get mangos and avocados-YUM!!  Here are a few pictures from the weekend!!
Enjoying lunch at an Italian cafe

The end of the day by the pool

Living in Kampala means using public transportation (matatoos) which are very crowded and bumpy and slightly smelly. We had about 22 people in this 13 passenger van!

There are houses and people everywhere

Rakul demonstrating her tree climbing skills. We got several mangos and avocados-Thanks Rakul!!

I can’t believe my time here is almost over L It doesn’t seem like I’ve been here that long most days. Some days are longer than others. My sweet sisters reminded me to continue being whole heartedly involved and active and to not start checking out now. That was so needed and they spoke to what I was feeling. It seems easier to start putting up the walls now so that the goodbyes aren’t so hard. But that’s not fair to the kids. They need to me to continue to be invested 100%, and yes, the goodbyes will be hard. But, hopefully each child will know how completely and fully they were loved. I know there are many of you wondering what happened with Zurita. I’m happy to tell you that she is still HERE where I get to hug her, kiss her, and tell her I love her several times a day.  I do not know why she is still here or what is going on with her family. But I’m going to rejoice each day I see her sweet face. Praise Jesus!
A lady at the market, dressed in her finest (traditional Ugandan dress) holding her live chicken in a bag!

Spending some time with Susan!

Matthew's silly face :)

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