The team is all here safe, in Uganda. We were definitely tired. It took us 3 flights to get here. There were 7 different mission teams on the plane. We had two flights surrounded by teams some with their own with matching t-shirts. It was unusual to have a flight with so many different teams. Each team will head to aid different areas in Uganda and one team in Ethiopia. As I write this all my teammates are currently sleeping. It is about 4:41am in Uganda. In a few hours we will head to Bethany Village for the camp. Pray for safe travels, God’s will to be done, between the musicians and within us all.
Upon arrival last night I preached after flying for 23 hours. What beautiful faces, we laughed together and sang together. We were responsive to one another and since the word I gave landed upon praising God no matter our circumstance the church began to in a wild African joy dance and praise God. Afterward it was dark so we headed back to Adonai house. I love it here, the geography reminds me of Hawaii. The temps are like summer at home. And currently it is dark and I am listening to the rain and the roosters.
Brooke, Maggie and I had our first ever encounter with squat toilets and it is definitely a story to tell. I’ll see if I can get Brooke to write about it.
In the line to purchase our Visas we met a man, who lives currently in Malta. He was traveling back to Uganda to visit his father who is sick. The line was long and so we had an opportunity to chat. In a short block of time as we connected he began to share. It was remarkable. When he was 10 he had moved with his mom out of Uganda to Britain, he openly identified his Muslim British combination expecting American resistance. We offered none. We listened and answered questions. Quite a few on political matters in America. And then he asked us other questions he said he had always wanted to know about aid workers. He wore a fedora and had dark sunglasses and a round face. His reaction to our reasons for coming to Uganda, to demonstrate a selfless love, were honest. And like a flip of a pancake he changed his mind about how he would spend his time in Uganda. He began to review how he would have approached his time and down to the detail of how he would have been upset with the line and protesting the lack of efficiency. He was changed. He would join us in our aim to love. He would visit the orphans in a local charity in Uganda during his stay and give back to the country while here. And who knows what will happen next. Maggie and Brooke told him we could go home satisfed because his reaction to our conversation made all those hours of travel worth it.
In our daily debrief as a team we are leaning into flexibility, trust, and humility.
Good night to those at home, from Charity
Day 1 in Uganda.