Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Great Week

   Its been a great week in Kabale,  Uganda.  We have set up housekeeping  in the White Horse Inn.  Somedays we almost feel guilty for our beautiful surroundings and the gracious staff that won't even let us carry our own coffee cups to the room. But then we praise God for the rest for our souls and bodies he is providing here. We have had power issues, car issues, water issues, internet issues- but they seem very trivial in the big picture.

       Our morning view

    We started off the week spending as much time as possible at Kabale Trinity College.This would be equivalent to high school at home.There are 6 levels here  and when they finish they are ready for university.  Brethren Community Fellowship has had a long term relationship with KTC with many visiting from California over the years. There is around 1500 students and its a little overwhelming when they all know your name and you see many students with the same haircut and the same uniform!! We always love to catch up with the staff. They are eager to share who has wedded, produced( had babies), and how God is working in their lives.  Over the years we have learned to know many of them very well. They ask about everyone they know from California and send their love. They are very busy at the school right now with  exams and then  at the end of next week students will leave for home. We attended the early morning assemblies at 7:00 AM and are amazed at how awake they are- already dancing and praising the Lord.  

   This is Phonie in the picture. She is a very vivacious Islam believing lady who lost her husband this last year. She is 24 and has a small daughter to raise named Freeda!! We have became friends with her and are praying for the chance to share Christ as our relationship progresses. We would desire your prayers in this.

     Those that sponsor students- this is the best gift you can give over here.  Many of these students would  not have a chance otherwise. They tell us they pray for their sponsors everyday.  An example- we were having dinner at the Little Ritz with Brian, the student we have sponsored for years who is now in university, and a young man walked up named Ernest. He could not get over the chance that Brandon  and Heidi have given him. He has finished university and has a job at the bank.
   We had a chance to go to Leticia's home in the village. Leticia is the student we sponsor now. There is no words to describe. I had never seen a home with so little in my life. Her mother was so joyous and wanted to give us her goat in gratitude. Her mother is a widow with 3 girls to raise. She lives in Joab's home area. 

  The reason we were in the village was for a bride give-away of Joab's cousin.
We traveled way way up a bumpy dirt road to where we had to walk the rest of the way. I can't even describe the 4 hour ceremony. Very interesting. We were the 2 white faces among 300 to 400 people on the mountaintop. Another incredible view.

Connie cutting cake
Meeting up with my friend Olive who I have known for a long time

The path out through the banana forest

Joab's mother

  This has been a great week.  Seeing old friends, making new ones, and seeing many people around the world who worship the same God we do.

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