Today we went to a youth church located in a rural suburb of Kampala. We left here at 9am and took us roughly an hour to get there. We were greeted with a typical, noisey African welcome of cheering and clapping.
The service itself consisted of music and dancing, oh, also a little bit of talking. Pastor Amos got all of the team (even the adults!?) dancing and trying to sing along with him and the children, which is a feat in itself. Throughout the whole service everyone was lauging and smiling, even the children. It was a real pleasure to see all the children dressed up to the nines to praise god, something which they had total dedication to and can look forward to each week.
Minister Joy also spoke and told us of her story, how she came from a poor Korean family and her struggle to forgive her parents. She explained how God spoke to her about the journey, which has ultimately led to her building the church for orphans, who have shown potential of leadership. These children have come from all over Uganda and will go back home to spread the word of God. After this wegave our goodbyes and loaded back onto the bus, making our way to the next stop, along the bumpiest roads in the world! (I've literally had smoother rollercoaster rides, in thorpe park).
Our next stop was the health clinic building, consiting of a dental clinic, general health clinic and soon to be a maternity ward and an eye bus base also. We got told the story of how a 17 year old UK girl, with slight autism, who came out to Uganda on a school trip, asked the question 'Where do the women have their children?' and then 'What are you going to do about it?'. From those questions came all sorts of actions and donations and input by other teams etc resulting in the the health clinic being built and it is now being expanded to provide a wider range of health facilities to the local community, no matter how poor they are.
She has also managed to relocate a family, who she met from her earlier trip to the acholi tribe, who were living in deprived conditions nearer to the clinic. She got to know the family when she helped them moved and managed to set up a fund so that they could send one of their sons to her school in England. This was after a series of tests and assessments to see if he was teachable, due to no previous education and an unknown age.
In other news, we have finally managed to unpack and then re-pack our teaching resources ready for the oncoming weeks lessons for Retrak. This took a couple of hours, and a lot of panicking and thinking we had left things behind!
Written by Heather and Rianne;
H- Hope everyone at home is doing ok, i'm having a great time so don't worry; love to all xxxx
R- I hope you're all doing okay at home without me! I love you all so much, and am missing you loads, wish you could all be here with me, seeing everything i am!xxxx
Looks like another great day. I'm intrigued as to what you're all looking at in the last photo???? xx I'm off to see the moon xxxalixxx
cobi, it looks great there did you touch the cow today. haha. have fun hope its not to hot there and don't freak out about stuff!! love you see you soon. lanaxxx
hey hey can see u enjoyin the animals xx
Hi Em am loving the photos and up to date blog look after yourself and everyone else as well.I think I've cracked this blog business I'm doing it on my own!!!love mum xx
Hellooooooo, loving the blogs and pics.... Keep them all coming. Leila, I hope Lucy and Hannah are keeping the tent tidy enough for you!!! Love to you all xxxx
Hi Jess - looks like you had a great day - good luck with your lessons tomorrow
Love Mum and Adam- Nanna says hello!
Hello Cobi, its soooo good to see you in the photos and to read about everything you are doing. you've seen and done so much already. Frank is missing your cuddles! Love you loads Mum and Dad X X
Hi Em, looks like you are having a great time. The pics are fantastic, looking forward to seeing more this week. Hope the classes go well. Love you lots, take care, Simon xxx
Hi Hannah, loving the photos and blogs they are really good. Please let us know why you are all looking up at the sky. Nanny said she was going to phone you before you went but thought she'd get upset on the phone! Auntie sherr and michelle sent you a text but to your phone here, haha, told her you didn't have it with you. I'm so glad you are having an amazing time out there, keep up the good work and don't forget to give those children a big hug from me and am sending you a big kiss. Love mum, dad and Emma xxx not rio this time cos she bit and scratched me earlier!
Hi Lou Look as though your having a great time . shame you did not stroke `Charlie` .Love you lots all ok here take care and enjoy your time there xxxxxxxx
hi re. looks like you are having an amazing time.Only you could soak yourself on the first day!We are all missing you loads and its very quite without you.Oh by the way darrells headache went after you left(funny that?)sending you lots of love and see you in a week xx
sorry re I need to learn how to spell I should have typed quiet not quite oops x
hi ri ri missing u like mad so happy to hear u enjoying yaslf try not to mother everyone lol ruby says good morning sunshine I like ya mostache lol keep smiling princess love u xx
Hey Rianne :) I hope you and everything else are having an amazing time out there! Seen the pics and it looks like a lot of fun! Like Nikki said, my headache went as soon as you left haha! But it is to quiet without you here. Looking forward to when your back and I got some good news too! Enjoy the rest of your time out there!! I miss you loads and I love you xxx
Hope your ok ,looks like ur enjoying ur self , just to let u know u have a new niece or nephew on it way due the day after Lilly's birthday.
Love u lots see u soon me, Rhys & Lilly xxx
Hi Heather, So glad that you are safe and having a fantastic time. So very proud of you. Keep up the good work and also having fun. Love and miss you loads. Mum xxx ps) Hope you get this as earlier attempts have failed (my lack of IT skills!!!)
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