Can you believe we’ve been in Uganda nearly 2 months now? September 19th marks our two months in the country and we have been settling into a routine of sorts. Each day Troy heads over to the primary site and sets up his recording equipment. This 5 month Institute training is strictly for local Ugandans, the first ever class of its kind. Troy records it and the plan is to get some of the teaching on New Hopes Musana radio. The message is a transforming message, as only God’s word can be, and we are excited to reach a large audience through the radio. Every guard at his station around Kasana Children Centre (where we are living and working) has his radio on as we pass and this is typical of the folks here. Ugandans love their radios!
On top of his daily recording, Troy is slowly building up his video files so he can work on some promotional videos for New Hope. He is working on something for the Special Needs Department and also the Hope House (the baby house) soon. Both of those departments are in need of some fresh footage and updated information.
I can’t believe we are beginning our third week of home school already! The boys and I begin our day of home school with devotions and they have been learning a lot about becoming men from the books we’ve been reading. I’m encouraged to see them take their responsibilities around the house a bit more seriously. Trigger is a handful and can make the day pretty interesting. He is a mad man running around in his walker and I have to keep a close eye on him as he’s figured out how to get out of it. Yikes! I am learning that I really don’t know what to expect from day to day. Math is painful some days with my oldest, but overall we are doing well…I think! I am just not a really creative person and I have a hard time making our schooling fun, but I am learning. Truthfully, the highlight of the boy’s days is when school is over and they can go ride bikes or climb trees with their buddies! And the most recent big deal is riding their bikes to the primary site and shopping for a sweet treat from a little shop called the Canteen. We’ll have to limit those trips soon, but for now it’s a big adventure!
We have enjoyed time with our family group, though we are not able to spend as much time with them as we’d like. We live on the Secondary site, which is where the High School and many other staff houses are located, which is about a 20 minute walk to the primary site, where all the family groups, more staff houses and the elementary school are located. Family groups begin their evening activities at 6:40 and it gets dark here at 7:00. Since we don’t have a vehicle, we feel really hindered in how many times we can stay out since we have to walk home in the dark and Trigger is so young. It’s partly caution for our safety as crimes happen more at night, but it’s also the issue of being bit by mosquitoes and getting sick with malaria. We are trying to be wise, yet trust God. We are seeing more and more the need for our family to have a vehicle. This will allow us to have the freedom to spend much more time with the kids in our family group, which is one of the main reasons we are here. They are such special kids and it’s so neat to see them grow and hear what they are learning about God and to just have fun with them, to laugh and sing with them. They truly are a joy!
We are all doing well, minus a few stomach issues from the water, which we are still adjusting to. We are enjoying the slower pace of life here. We are amazed by all the unique bugs, the variety of flowers, major rainstorms, and the learning to live in another culture. The boys are content to collect bottle caps which they build their army with and play Chronicles of Narnia with our neighbor friends. It’s a simple life, but it is such a good life. We are also missing the fall in Alaska and the cool air, or is it cold air. It’s been a hot rainy season here, which is unusual for this time of year. But we do miss home.
Once again, thank you for partnering with us. Because of you, I get to give Claire a hug almost every day. Because of you, Jemima will be coming to my house to bake cakes on Monday for her class. Because of you, we were able to celebrate Gerald’s 18th birthday last week and shower him with love and let him know we are proud of him now that he is a man! Because of you, so many Ugandans will hear God’s truth on Musana radio! You are very much a part of our ministry here and we are thankful!
Jebale ( means “Well Done” in Lugandan)
Troy, Sarah, Taylor, Trevor, Tobyn and Trigger
If you’ve read through all of this and are still reading, chances are you are interested in our work in Uganda. It’s been a long journey to get here with the help of many people, for whom we are very grateful. If you are interested in partnering with us and supporting our work, please let us know. We need people praying for us and we are looking for more financial partners as well. A lot of places in Africa are relatively cheap to live. Unfortunately Uganda is not so cheap. Please consider being a part of our work, as we still have some big needs. Check out the partner with us page.