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DAY 2. Sunday 27/11

Well, after a fairly good nights rest, only waking once thinking I was being bitten by mosquito and now going to get Malaria, I went downstairs to a delicious breakfast of freshly squeezed Orange, Mango and Passion fruit juice, a freshly made to order omelette, and roasted herb potatoes.
I can already hear the horns blowing as traffic begins to work its way down the main road nearby bringing back haunting memories of the trip home last night. I said hi to a young Ugandan fellow and thinking he was ignoring me I waved and said hello again, this time a little louder. Grace reminded me that in Uganda, saying hi, or acknowledging some one takes place with a simple raise of the eyebrows, not a raise of the hand or a raise of the voice and apparently he had said hi, I just didn’t hear or see it. Ignorant tourists!
We slowly worked our way along the busy wet streets of Uganda to a 10.00am church service. Due to the traffic we arrived at 11.30am which is ok for Uganda because the church service was to start ‘about now’, and given the variable state of that comment, there was no fixed time but, 10.30am would be nice. I have never heard singing through a microphone and amplifier system so load, my ears were hurting, but this is apparently the way Ugandans worship. We had an inspiring service preached by Ainsley about stepping out in Faith as Peter did from the boat and about the need to keep our focus on Christ in and through the miracle we are in with God.
During the meet and greet at church after the service we had the opportunity to meet some of the adults and also the pleasure of meeting some of the children rescued from the streets and slums in Kampala. These children were now off drugs, being feed and housed and given a school education. The education is so highly respected that some of the middle class families in Kampala are also sending their children to the school as fee paying parents.
In the evening we attended a Native Ugandan tribal dance. All the tribes from Uganda were represented by their native dances and it was interwoven by a MC who made sure he mixed some fact with a lot of fiction. All up a great experience.

Posted by richarddb 11:00 Archived in Uganda

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Hi Richard, we were surprised and impressed to read that you are in Africa, together with Grace. It is very nice to 'hear' from you especially on this trip. Must be exciting for people from Down Under to be up there. Lots of parts of Africa are not quite the place to go for a holiday as far as we learn from people with Africa experience. So be carefull. Are you there with a group? Has it something to do with churchactivities? Is not it special to realise that our daughter Lenneke is almost 'next door'? She is werking on a project in Tanzania for almost 2 months now and hoes to fly back around December 12. If you might met her give her a kiss ;-)

by Henk van Veen

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