"True religion is real living; Living with all one's soul and all one's goodness and righteousness."
First time in London: It was a lot
like Boston, MA but with accents and skinny license plates!!!! It rained on and off all day but it was
wonderful to see a different country.
Uganda: The countryside is
beautiful. The people are more than warm and friendly. They meet us with open
arms and love. When we go to work at a school or village it creates an
immediate bond that cannot be described, a kind of bond out of respect for all
humanity. The children are full of joy and excitement. There is no distance or alienation, just
little children jumping and hugging and parents full of thanks.
We did so much in the past few days
it’s impossible to describe all the moments but I’ll address them later.
Dancing, music: Joan (a 9 year old
girl in the village) grabs my hips and moves them side-to-side to teach me how
to dance. Haha I love to dance with the children!!!
Women’s prison: faith, passion and hope in a position of
despair. Children born into a limited future. Needs and womanhood.
Secondary School: Hard working,
dedicated woman and boys. I identify with these young and hopeful scholars that
are working hard toward their education.
Mosse’s Primary School: There is
pure joy and love. There is not a hint of sadness from these children but there’s
an obvious lack of health and basic needs. Love is plenty: That is abundant and
shared among all.
8/11: Today I learned some of the
native language! I have always wanted to learn a second language and was so
happy to hang out with a local English teacher who was brilliant and patient
Thank you: “webale” pronounced
I love you: “nkwa galla” pronounced
Hello/how are you (greeting): “oli
otya” pronounced “ol-ee-you-tee-ah”
Also because we were talking about
boyfriends and relationships to the young women, they taught me a big
complement and honor is to call your man/boyfriend “my king.” It’s an
interesting term of endearment. I think it speaks to the role of patriarchy in
this community. The phase is said “kaba-ka-wange”
We taught the young girls a feminine
hygiene class and reviewed menstruation and sewed reusable pads. It was awesome
to spend time with these girls and help them out on a level that bonds all
By the way none of this does any
justice to the work we are doing and people we are meeting. Computers and the
internet are limited and I consider myself a scientist and not much of a
writer. Look for pictures they will give much better insight to this trip. Also check out Natalie's blog. Good
night and God bless.
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