Unfortunately, I had some wifi issues my final two days in Uganda, so I was unable to make my final posts. See below for my wrap up of the trip.
Our last day in Kawete is a shorter one, because we have to leave for Kampala in the afternoon. It is hard to say good- bye to these kids after spending a week getting to know them. Knowing that we were able to help them in a variety of ways though, helps to ease some of the emotions of leaving. Seeing the fields and athletic equipment being used, the smiles as they received personal care items and school supplies, and being able to spend time with them reading and studying God’s Word brings great happiness to our entire team. We spent one night in Kampala, visited some markets the next morning, and then got ready to fly out of Entebbe Thursday evening. Travel days are long, especially on the return trip home. It took us about 27 combined hours of travel between flights and layovers, so finally getting back to see friends and family was a great reward for our perseverance!
I had the opportunity to take a lot of pictures while I was in Uganda, so I’ll share those below, with a brief caption for each. It was an amazing experience, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to meet the students we sponsor and all of the people who make CCLS-U happen on a day to day basis. God is truly at work in Uganda, and I know that the students and teachers there appreciate all that the CCLS community in St. Louis is doing to support them. Enjoy the pictures!
Our start out of Lambert Airport in St. Louis got off to a slow start!
In the very late hours, after landing at Entebbe airport, one major difference noted, armed policeman walking the parking lots!
View of the Nile River from my hotel room balcony.
A meal was prepared for us every day in the village. I wasn’t quite sure about this at first, but I ended up enjoying the meals quite a bit.
Two of our P7 students, Aggrey (orange shirt) and Morris (CCLS-U shirt). I talked with Aggrey every day I was there. He is a very bright young man, and I enjoyed getting to know him.
The P7 classroom, during math class.
This is Swamit. He just started attending CCLS a short time ago.
Swamit and friends.
Rev. Charles Bameka, leading Sunday worship. He was crowned as the first bishop of the Lutheran Church of Uganda on Sunday, two days after we left for home.
The boy in the center is Crispus. He caught my eye the very first day, and ran up to greet me every day after.
They loved to ask me to “make a picture”.
Like our kids, they like to mug for the camera….
and strike a pose.
This little girl stole my heart all week. Her name is Daphne.
We were able to go on a boat cruise one night on the Nile River. Sunset on the Nile….
These little guys visited our hotel grounds a couple mornings during our stay.
Putting up the soccer nets.
During my stay, I attempted to take as many selfies as possible with the kids. I always had willing participants.
The P7 students taking a practice exam. The real exams for them are this coming week.
Notice the time allotment.
If you didn’t see my Facebook post, ask me about my dinner with “the cobra killer”.
Me and Daphne.
The boys getting ready for some volleyball.
Can there be too many photos of Daphne??? I think not!
This little guy was one of my buddies all week.
This girl smiled every time I saw her. And yes, Daphne snuck into the picture.
Me with Fatiya, right after her sponsor interview. She drew me a pretty picture to take home.
Left a couple shirts behind for the boys to wear.
The boy on the left thought it was the funniest thing when I would take my hat off for a moment and show my messed up hair. He would shout “Chigoli”, which I guess means bad haircut!
Last good-byes with Aggrey and Morris.
OK, I know. Just one more!
One final selfie with the team (minus Katie Killian who stayed behind for the celebration for Pastor Bameka). After 27 hours of travel to get home, we are glad to be back in St. Louis. Hope you enjoyed the blog, thanks for following!