International Service Project Uganda Team
June 1-22, 2011
Chapter 12 – Update #4
It is hard to believe that we are completing week one! We have done so much just in the past couple of days, it seems like we have been here much longer!
We have been attending the morning prayer & devotion time with the staff of the hotel. They have built a new open air hut that overlooks the Nile River. It is one of the most breathtaking ways to start the day! Not only do we have the opportunity to gaze on the beauty of God’s creation, we have the awesome honor of worshipping together with fellow believers. They have asked the team to lead in the devotion time for the rest of this week and next.
We did our traditional transport to town by “boda boda!” The girls loved it! A boda boda or pichi pichi is a motor bike. We sit side saddled on the back. It really is very fun and very safe.
We have spent time visiting two of our pastors in the area. We visited Pastor Paul & his family from Cornerstone Church in Kakira. We also made a visit to Pastor Gerald & his family.
Today (Wednesday) we had our first Vacation Bible School! It was amazing! We returned to the village that we had one of the VBS clinics last year. The difference was coming in June means the children are back in school. We were told the numbers would be very small today. As we walked toward the church, Pastor Joshua said, “There are only about 20 children today.” But the most amazing thing happened. The children began singing & praising the Lord and more children began showing up. We ended up with about 150 people today! The local headmaster remembered CBU from last year. He told me that he wanted to bring the children back to participate! He closed school and brought them all to our VBS!
Raining Hope provided the funds so a meal could be prepared for the children. The villagers also prepared a really good meal for us! We were able to use our Ugandan forks! (hands!) Katy especially loved it. She wants to come home and start using the Ugandan fork! I want to buy one of the little charcoal stoves and pots so I could cook like this at home!
The exciting news is there were 37 children who gave their lives to Christ today! AMEN! Please pray for us tomorrow as it is a local holiday. They are expecting many more to attend tomorrow. This is the same village that we had over 400 come last year!
We spend late afternoon & evenings at the children’s home. There is A LOT of LAUGHTER, A LOT of SMILES, and A LOT OF HEARTS FILLED WITH JOY & LOVE! Your CBU students are doing well! Our team has really bonded over the last week. So much so, we actually started planning our reunion sometime in the fall!
Thank you for your prayers. They are making a difference.