Today we write the last blog for team 20.
Andrew leaves tomorrow and we leave a day later, so this will be the last of the ‘chronicles’!
Today started at 3am for some as they sat out in the living room listening to the thunder and the pounding rain. Most of the rest of us heard it, but stayed in our beds. Later morning saw the roads a bit wet but having been dry for so long, all the water had pretty much been soaked up or run off.
Breakfast was wisely held indoors, with some lovely pancakes and Mandazis. Our bellies full we waited for the bus to take us to Home of Hope. We had a plan for half of us to work on a new drain so that water wouldn’t gather at the back of the home, while the rest spent time with the kids.
Some muscles were employed to dig and plenty of sweat flowed, but the drain was dug out and concreting, ricking and fitting grates could begin. By lunch tome we had done most of the work, so we were given a lunch of rice, beans and chapatti, after which we left the HopeBuilders builders to finish the task (after eating a HUGE lunch!).
We had another important task to complete. We headed off in the bus to Bujagali falls (a spot on the Nile river), to witness and celebrate the baptism of one of our team. Ashlea decided to be baptized and we were only too happy to oblige!! J
After sharing a testimony and hearing messages from her grandparents and mum, Damain, Ashlea and Andrew got into the Nile, and Ashlea went under. As she got out, we gathered around her as a team and prayed prayers of thanks for her.
He rest of the afternoon was spent either up at Village of Hope, or doing craft with the local kids in Suubi.
A great meal of fried chicken and chips ended out our day.
From here we have a few tasks left: An afternoon in town to collect our last minute souvenirs, our paintings and probably get a milkshake or two.
Then we have a raging farewell planned at Village of Hope roasting a pig and a goat to celebrate. The VoH kids have been practicing all week for a performance that they have planned for us, and it sounds great!!!
Then it’s a super early start on Sunday for the airport to Kenya. Time to hunt out the local wildlife!!
It’s been a great time and we have achieved much, as well as learned a lot.
We appreciate your prayers, and support and look forward to telling many of you in our own words all we’ve experienced!!
|Home of Hope kids are so cute!|
|The digging begins..|
|Brick passing Uganda style|
|Ready to mix cement - by hand!|
|Digging our second trench|
|Good looking results|
|Straight as a.... well straight anyway!|
|Damian sharing about baptism|
|And under she goes!!!|
|Praying as a team - with local onlookers!|