Meeting new people in Uganda

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I’m leaving the 15th, and am not at all ready! We’ve had some illness in our house the last week, and I’m behind in my work and in my mental preparation for the trip. Fortunately, since this is my 7th trip, packing and preparing is second nature. Whew! What I haven’t done is get my visa, although I have all the paperword ready, which means I have to pay an extra $30 for an expedited visa. A lot of people get visas when they land, and so far we could have done that. But I haven’t for a couple of reason. A) The embassy in DC says that they’re not available at the airport, although they clearly and definitely are. B) TIA (This Is Africa). Meaning that it’s certainly possible that the one time I decide to get it at the airport they aren’t doing them anymore. I’m not willing to take that risk! (Them always losing my bags means I’m at the airport forever anyway.)

I’ve got a couple of new people to meet. One is a Brother Samuel, who I have been introduced to by a Twitter friend. I’m hoping to meet him in person one day after a Ray of Hope/Namuwongo visit. He’s a pastor there, but I don’t know what else he’s doing, so I’m excited to get together with him. Another is a Facebook friend who I’ve connected with through Hospice Jinja. She’s adopted Ugandan children, and will be in the country until Feb 19. That gives us Sunday the 17th to meet… We’ll see if we can work that out!

My schedule is the same, spending the first week in Kampala, going to Jinja for 5 days, then back to Kampala. I’m really excited to have a party for the kids and women we support with Ray of Hope, and my friend Suzanne and I are going to try to slip away on my one free day and have a quiet time at Emin Pasha in Garden City. So it’s all in place — except me!

Thanks for your support and prayers!

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My February trip is right around the corner!

harriet with family 2 copyI’m leaving in 5 weeks! I can’t believe it. Since we only went to Uganda once in 2012, it has been so LONG since I’ve been there (we went in May) and I’m so anxious and grateful to get be getting back. So what’s on the agenda this trip? It’s going to be a whirlwind! Since I’m going by myself for the first time, I shortened the trip by a week, giving me 2 weeks on the ground. That’s not a lot of time, especially when getting around takes so much time. I’m only taking 2 days off the whole time, and am praying I get through it with health and energy.

I arrive on a Saturday night, and that gives me Sunday to rest, visit at Father’s House, exchange money, run to the grocery for my drinks and snacks, and have tea with my wonderful friend Suzanne. Monday, I hit the ground running, and will be going to Ray of Hope every day during the week. Ray of Hope is in Kampala, in the area known as Namuwongo. I will be in an area of Kampala called Lubowa. Technically, on a map, these areas aren’t so far apart. But when it means driving in the city, it can take forever! And since our donations are down, I will not be using private transport this time, adding even more time to the trip. Yep, I’m going to be using a combination of boda bodas, the new bus system and the taxis. Pray for me! It saves a lot of money, but will be a stretch of my faith, for sure!

I’ll be headed to Jinja on Saturday — I’m debating taking the inexpensive but overcrowded bus or biting the bullet on for a private driver. That’s a hard decision. I’ll be staying at the Arise Africa guest house, except for the one night I’ll spend at the babies home in Bukaleba. I’ll visit my friends at Hospice Jinja before heading back to Kampala. On Friday I’ll visit the Ray of Hope School, on Saturday we’re going to have a party for the ladies and our sponsored kids, and Sunday night I head home.

Here’s what you can pray for:

  • My health and stamina, and especially for a respite from chronic migraine.
  • Good, dry weather. We can’t walk around the slums in rain, and I have many days planned there.
  • My husband and son who will be here in Raleigh.
  • Additional funds to come in so that we can do at least a few micro-business grants. At this time, we aren’t planning to do any.

Thanks so much for your interest and support! I’ll keep you posted if I have power and internet while I’m there. If not, I’ll post everything when I return!

Caroline, one of the widows we work with

Caroline, one of the widows we work with

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Faith and Marvin, 2 of our sponsored kids

Faith and Marvin, 2 of our sponsored kids

Nulu, March 2011

Nulu, March 2011

Project Friendship!

Project Friendship!

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Agnes, who we met on our very first visit, has a new produce stand in a great location. She didn't have much yet - one of her (7) kids had gone to the market for her and hadn't gotten back. But I know she'll do great, as she has with everything she's done so far.

Agnes, who we met on our very first visit, has a new produce stand in a great location. She didn’t have much yet – one of her (7) kids had gone to the market for her and hadn’t gotten back. But I know she’ll do great, as she has with everything she’s done so far.