Uganda YWAM Project (IV of V)
|Figuring out the site boundary, with my private security officer|
intern Michael in tow.
Days 9-10: 11th – 12th September
Presentation day! The last night wasn’t too bad, with most of the team only staying up until around midnight. Compared to the all-nighters that commonly occur on trips, it was nice that the team felt comfortable with where we were at to get some sleep.
|Jaz Lambert - our team MVP|
|Jaz speaking to some of the local women who come to the|
YWAM site each week for counseling.
|Jaz, with ministry Director Tim and his wife Jackie.|
The presentation went well – there were about 25 people there, mostly the ministry leaders and others who live and work on the campus. Other than a couple of Western staff couples (one British, one South African), the rest of the audience was Ugandan. They were very excited about our work. They shared how God had given them a vision for the school back in January, but they had no idea how to make it work. With our plans, they feel like God has given them a road map and they now know the direction they need to start heading in.
|Intern Michael, preparing the makeshift screen for the presentation.|
|Scaring the audience with pictures of buildings falling down so|
they won't fall asleep during the structural report (it seldom works).
|Volunteers Ray and William, doing their part to dispel the|
common myth about engineers having no sense of style.
Well done gentlemen.
After the meeting was over and a few questions were answered, the entire room gathered around us and laid hands on us and prayed in their native languages (all at once, out loud!). Honestly, those situations make me feel uncomfortable because I’m not really a ‘touchy-feely’ kind of person, nor am I given to emotional responses (not saying never, just not usually).
But, I’m learning to realize there are all different types of people in this world, and that these people were doing this because that is how they best express their faith and love to others. So, even though I couldn’t understand a word being said and felt a little awkward and uncomfortable, it was an honor for them to express their appreciation to us in this way and I realize that as Christians, we have to make allowances for people having God-given differences in personality and communication styles – it is exactly how God created us! (Hopefully, others will understand this principle and give me grace too as I suspect I'll need it more often than most!) But the whole point of there being all different types of people in the world was driven home to me later in the trip when some of our team members pointed to this experience as the highlight of their trip! J
|Uganda is the only place I've been where the thunderstorms|
can actually make you feel like you're under water.
|From a distance, the beauty of Uganda's landscape is|
nearly unmatched anywhere in the world...
|but up close, the reality of the situation on the ground|
can be more than disheartening.
|On the bus, heading back to Kampala|
|This could be any of about 5 million such huts along the road|