Primrose and I have been in Kampala the last few days to attend the wedding for her cousin and to make purchases for Keirungi. We were able to see our son, Samuel, at school briefly on Sunday. He is doing fine and will go on break for about a month April 25. Oh, the joys of another trip to Kampala to pick him up!
While in Kampala, we have enjoyed brewed coffee and I have enjoyed ice cream (I'm glad to have nephews and nieces to provide an excuse for buying ice cream -- it's for the kids, really). More importantly, we have enjoyed the opportunity to share our faith with people, such as drivers, sharing with them the purpose of our being in Uganda -- God's love for a lost and dying world and His care for the vulnerable. It is God's care for the abandoned, orphaned, and vulnerable child that is seeing 18 children being cared for through the support of all of our wonderful supporters. We are only on the ground vessels helping to accomplish God’s purposes in the world (for us, in Uganda generally and Kabale specifically).
Primrose said I have become a Ugandan as I am beginning to bargain more than she does. I bargained an extra 1,500/= shillings yesterday (about 58 cents -- not much, but it all adds up). However, seeing Primrose in action is quite a sight. She's a fairly tough bargainer. I've seen her go back and forth over 100/= shillings. In the midst of a heated bargaining exchange, I've sometimes thought, "Is she really a Christian?" However, my wallet responds, "She's saved --very saved!"
I sometimes wonder if Primrose thinks I'm becoming more of a Ugandan with my driving. It's quite a sight to see me in action diving, especially in Kampala. Being a bit reserved, I over compensate and become quite aggressive. Sometimes, I become more aggressive than the average Ugandan driver. But, you have to survive somehow or you will never turn or get to where you are going. Oftentimes on the road, it's each person for his/her own. We are traveling back to Kabale Tuesday. Please pray for a safe journey. Though there are long stretches of nice roads now, there are still some parts with many potholes and the last leg of our journey will be met with a lot of road construction. There is also pothole junction you have to maneuver through. So Primrose doesn't have to wonder if I'm a Christian, she's arranged to have someone drive us back to Kabale. I was willing to drive, but I will enjoy extra time to review passages of Scripture I've memorized, listen to music, and do some reading (except through pothole junction), along with enjoying the beauty of Uganda instead of trying to avoid the next pothole or overtake another trailer. As I recently had a tooth pulled in Kabale and lived to tell about it, I look forward to surviving another journey on Ugandan roads so I can testify that I traveled again in Uganda and lived to tell about it.
I am so excited! This is a low tourism season so the Uganda Wildlife Authority has discounted permits for gorilla tracking. We got our permits Monday and Primrose, Samuel, and I will track the gorillas May 7. Please pray for good health (e.g., no malaria around that time) as the permits are non-refundable and strength (you could track an hour or a whole day before seeing the gorillas). We will prepare for the tracking by going hashing (walking/hiking) on the hills around Kabale.
We pray all of you in Europe and the U.S. enjoy the springtime (it always seems to be springtime or summer in Kabale – we are quite spoiled by the climate), even if you do get a foot of snow in Colorado. Oh, how I miss spring snowstorms (except for driving on the snow). At least, there is no snow in Uganda. I don't even want to imagine how driving would be here if there was snow.
Until our next update, we pray for God's blessings upon you and that you will grow in the grace of God and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Living the dream,