We had a super welcome back to Medford, thank you all for your prayers and support during our trip. It's great to be home, but we do miss the fellowship of our team members our African brothers and sisters in Christ. More pictures to come.
We are back in the USA! Our final flight leaves Seattle soon and we are excited to be close to home. A couple photos above of a midnight nap in Dubai and an aerial of the portion of the ice caps we flew over. It's been quite a trip and The Lord has blessed us in so many ways.
We started our trip to the airport with a flat tire! Some quick repairs and on the road again. Along the drive from Iganga to Entebbe we stopped for a snack, chicken on a stick (roadside). Upon arrival to the airport we learned the computer system was down and they were checking in passengers and baggage old school, but we made it. Next stop Dubai, then USA.
Yesterday was the last day of the refresher and reporting from the facilitators of the 6 rescue units. Everyone seems to be feeling better, however, Josiah has the fever today. We pray it improves by tomorrow when we start our travel home. Everyone has been a trooper getting through this and we are looking forward to getting home.
We took a short drive to Jinga, the source of the Nile. We had a very nice lunch at Ozzie's, took a short boat ride up the Nile River to its source and the edge of Lake Victoria. We did some shopping at local street vendors and Karissa got to barter a bit on some items. After a fun day we drove back to Iganga and saw a huge crowd of people who came to listen to the King of the district speak... Talk about a crowd. Upon our return we had a quick dip in the cool pool and tucked Josiah in bed. Tomorrow we begin the travel home, it's been quite a trip.
Today all the facilitators from the 6 different rescue units are in town (Iganga) and spending the next couple days getting refreshed. We have been with them some, but mainly resting as we are pretty tired and run down. Anna Grace and Josiah seem to have out run the fever for now and the rest of us are feeling somewhat better except for Sasha who is still fighting it.
Thanks for your prayers and patience waiting on updates as WiFi and cell time have been limited.
After resting we got out a bit, Sasha needed some fresh air. We are doing well and enjoyed some soda and National Geographic in the open air lobby. There is also one picture of the hotel laundry facility.
Josiah celebrated his 7th birthday in Africa! We did some presents in the morning and pin the tail on the donkey. We did swim some, but unfortunately Andrew, Sasha, Jeff and Karissa had a fever so mostly taking it easy. We did have cake in the evening and got some rest. Tomorrow is a new day. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers along with the rest of the team here who are are improving.
Ufortunately Karissa has had a migraine headache for 4 days. Jeff and the kids went to the school to help distribute medical clinic supplies, meet the facilitators there and play with some of the kids who were not in school. We missed Karissa tons.
Sunday we went to church with a local evangelist named Wilson. We had a great worship service and met some of the kids and seminary students. Following the service we had lunch at Wilsons home (a 10' x 10' room maybe) then back to have some rest for the remainder of the day.
Yesterday we took the 3 hour drive to the Bukedea Kids rescue unit. We had another fantastic welcome from the 130+ kids. They were so happy to see the team drive up as it had been 6 years since a visit. We had a nice lunch provided by the unit facilitators, they are so generous! Following lunch we were treated to some singing and dancing by the children. Next we got to just play and love on the kids. Andrew played some soccer, Josiah talked with some boys his age, Anna Grace, Sasha and Karissa were so cute playing with and loving the kids. What a sweet time and so amazing to see how these kids with so little have so much love for The Lord and for us!
Some final photos of our accommodations in Koboko and a few on the drive that only took 12+ hours. We traveled via another route that saved a little time. Along the way we saw some local wild life, met some primary school (elementary) girls who wanted to come with us (they walk 4 kilometers to and from school), and fixed two nail punctures in one tire.
Arrival in Iganga
Upon our arrival in Iganga we learned that a few of the team members have not been feeling well, moderately high fever so please hold us all up in prayer that the members get well soon and this doesn't spread around. We did find some time to relax and swim a bit before visiting one of the rescue centers in this area.