Here are a few photos from Christmas at our house. Saturday evening, we enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner with Mom and Dad before opening kids’ gifts and stockings. Sunday morning was family Christmas before going to a special worship service at MCC. Sunday afternoon, over 40 teammates and community members gathered in our home and backyard for a cookout (an Mbale Christmas tradition) and gift exchange.
Yesterday we ascended to 8,500 above sea level on the northern slopes of Mt. Elgon. Our destination was Kaproron Church of Christ. It is the only evangelical congregation in the whole town, which is the sub-county headquarters.
With me were two Kenyans (Edward and Richard–far right and left in photo) from a counsin tribe to the Sebei people who live on the mountain. They enjoyed speaking to each other in their slightly different dialects. I was pleased to hear Edward and Richard sing several hymns from a songbook in their own language. The churches in Uganda are generally younger and don’t yet have much of a reperatoire in their local languages.
This is the trailer we stayed in at camp. Mark Long (missionary in Kampala) built it in his driveway from the wheels up. It has four bunks, a sink, and a shower. I carried two large tents (sleep 50+) in the trailer along with all our supplies.
We have already had campers volunteer to go back during the year and spend a week or more working on the campgrounds without pay–they are so excited to have something like this in Uganda.
Camp was awesome! I was part of the prayer team, among several assignments. And I was totally blown away by the confessional spirit of the youth. They held nothing back. God was definitely doing business with these young people.
More coming tomorrow.
Survey: Should I post my journal letters here? Or would it be better to keep emailing them directly? Or both?
After a 10-hour drive cross country yesterday and a good night’s sleep at the Cash home, I am about to head out to Camp Saaka. This morning will be full of setting up tents, last minute construction, and general preparation for the 200 campers and counselors who will be arriving this evening.
I don’t know if I will be able to get back in to town to update this blog with pictures and news, since it is an hour drive over a very rough road from camp back to Fort Portal. But I’ll try.
Thanks for reading and praying!