Thursday, April 3, 2008

What am I doing?

Sometime this coming July, I'll be boarding a plane, and heading to Uganda for two years.
Starting in August, I'll be teaching at Heritage International School (HIS) in the capital city of Kampala. HIS is a Christian school that runs from Nursery through 12th grade, and caters to Missionary kids, International students, and Ugandan students. This is a picture of the campus of HIS. I will be going through World Gospel Mission (WGM) which is a Wesleyan Missionary sending organization based in Indiana.

I also hope to volunteer in the local church and at a babies home while in Kampala. Here is a picture of an orphan clinging onto my leg as I blow bubbles.

During the summer in between my two years at HIS, I hope to be volunteering in Northern Uganda with the Diocese of Kitgum. The church that I attended in college, The Church of the Good Samaritan, has a partnership with this Diocese and I would love to be a part of that. The people in Northern Uganda have been living in terrible conditions for the past 22 years with the rebel group the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) kidnapping children at night. Most of the people my age have never known a real home, just the IDP camps. Hopefully I will be able to help in some fashion. Please pray for the peace treaty that is underway. There are many ways in which it could go awry, but we must demand peace at last.

If you have any questions or want to support me in going, don't hesitate to contact me.
God Bless!

Here are some more pictures of life in Uganda!

Playing Kappa a goba with the children in an area of Kampala!

Me eating some traditional Ugandan food:
Matoke (the yellow stuff): cooked small bananas
Ugali (the white stuff): simple cooked corn meal
Some sort of greens

Childrens Church: singing with the kids and telling them a bible story. That's the church in the background. This is not too far out of Kampala, in Nakigalala.

The view from the church in Nakigalala. Isn't it beautiful? The hill in the background is covered in tea leaf plants.

One of the grocery stores in Kampala.

A most popular form of transportation, no matter what you are carrying! This is a boda-boda (short for border to border). Note the furniture store in the background, and behind that the high rises of the city.