Sunday, July 24, 2016

Buwundo Village

At Esseza's (Esther) house

Buddies and a little buddy from the village

Jaja (grandmother) of Petu (little girl in left corner)

We visited with two families in the village... they came out, offered chairs and benches for the adults (men sit first), children and women sit on the mats if there are not enough seats.  The hostess kneels and shakes everyone's hands and welcomes us.  Very humbling to see their gestures of hospitality ... when quite often I forget to offer my guests a seat and sometimes worry that they may stay longer than my limited free time and attention may last.  The children love it when we take a picture with them and then show it to them.  

More scenery

We went to the market in Jinja yesterday... Lisa needed talapia, so... they cleaned it for her right there

This morning walking to church

I am having trouble accessing my phone pictures to upload them to the blog.  I have a lot more on my Facebook page and will make them public so that you can see them.  I apologize for this, but I just can't seem to get them on here.

michelle and emma

Friday, July 22, 2016


Newest addition to GSF staff,
with Emma, who held him before we 
even got to our rooms

Looking out from David and Lisa's house toward GSF

We are here!!  It is 1:02pm in Uganda, but only 6:02am in Atlanta.  So while you all begin to wake up and start your day, I will give an update of our trip.  

We arrived in Entebbe Wednesday evening around 10 local time.  We got through immigration and customs without a hiccup, and met the Fishes!!  So good to see them.  Poor Lisa could hardly stay behind the door that they were supposed to stay behind, and kept getting scolded by the security guard!  Finally, we were able to give hugs.  We rode the bus to Lake Victoria View Guesthouse, settled in and had a good night of sleep!  

Thursday morning - Breakfast at guesthouse was fruit (bananas, pineapple, and watermelon, eggs, toast and passionfruit juice.  We left for a mall in Kampala, learned a bit about the culture and traffic (they drive on the left here!!).  We had  breakfast (yes, we did) at a lovely place that reminded me of Panera.  Iced mocha and a chocolate chip muffin for me, please.  The kids played while adults talked.  Lots of European people in the city.  We went to a store that was like a cross between Walmart and Dollar General.  Prices, surprisingly, were pretty much similar to prices in the US.  But remember, we were in the city, where travelers and more well-to-do people would be.  At this point, I didn't feel like we were even in Africa yet.  

As we headed for GSF, we traveled through miles of poorer areas.  It began to seem more like I had pictured Africa.  As we left the city, which smelled very strongly of smoke from trash burning and was hazy with exhaust and smoke, we got into more rural areas, dotted by stretches of "shops", painted with advertisements.  Medical "clinics" stating they did HIV testing, labwork , basic care, and family planning were frequent.  Not places I would want to take my family.  An occasional larger clinic bosting more sevices was seen.  We even saw 2 or 3 hospitals along our 4 hour drive.  We stopped at the corner of the road to GSF (dirt) and the main road and got snacks.  Chicken on a stick, bananas, chapati (like a fried tortilla - my favorite thing after fruit).  Everything was yummy, and Emma tried everything.  She talked to the other kids (Colin, from our church, and Esther, Elijah, Ezra, and Ezekiel Fish) and played games and drew with Esther.  

The road to GSF was dirt... as soon as we turned onto the road, the dirt and dust went everywhere.  At times we almost couldn't breathe, but we got used to it quickly.  

Dirt on sugar cane along the road - looks like GA to me!

We started to see some houses and eventually got to GSF.  The school children met us at the gate with singing, dancing, and smiles.

To be continued....

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Three Days Left!!

We leave for Uganda in three days!  And we found out last night that we have met our fundraising goals and have the support we need!!  We are so thankful for our friends and family who have supported us financially, and now we ask that you all keep us in your prayers for the next two weeks.

We have treated our clothing with permethrin to keep the mosquitos away, bought our bug spray, filled our prescriptions for anti-malaria medicine and for antibiotics for just in case, packed medical supplies and other items for the trip, applied for our Visas, and exchanged American money for Ugandan money brought back by the other team.  We have prayed with family and friends for safety, for health, for effectiveness in being a witness to the people and an encouragement to the missionaries.  We are excited about meeting our sponsored little girl, Sisse, seeing our friends, the Fishes, meeting the other missionaries, and ministering to the people of Buundo.

When I come back, I hope to bring dozens of necklaces made by the women of the village, and sell them, so that they can have a way to make money for medical expenses and for schooling costs.  This is a new endeavor, and Lisa is trying to decide how best to help the women become independent in obtaining supplies and then selling their finished product.  Please pray that we could work on that and make some good connections to make this possible.

I am planning to upload pictures several times while we are there and give an update here on the blog.  I PLAN to keep a journal and write down everything I can remember while we are there....

I am hoping this will be full by the time we get back. :)

Thank you all for your prayers and suppport!  

-Michelle and Emma