Update from Uganda

14 February 2010

It’s late Sunday night here. We’ve traveled all over Uganda and met some amazing people. Words and pictures won’t be able to really capture things, but I’ll do my best after I get home.

The places I’ve been able to leave soccer balls have been truly thankful. In Mityana, a small village deep into the bush, I met Ivan, a young man who has assembled the young kids into a team and is teaching them the game. He saw the ball before I’d pumped it up and said, “That is a football.” It was a great thing.

In one village even deeper into the bush, a man gave us a goat because he was so thankful for the tank his village received and because we’d traveled so far to visit them. This was really a big deal. While he owns land and has about 100 cattle and 50 goats, giving someone a goat is a great honor. We were humbled by that realization.

I’ve talked with beth and the kids twice since we’ve been in Uganda. I was really glad to talk with them for Valentine’s Day.

Tomorrow we’ll be spending the day in Kivulu slum, and we’ve been challenged to a football match. Looking forward to it. I have to sign off. James and I are hanging out with Jess who works in Kivulu, but I think it’s time for bed.

Thanks for your support and prayers. You are changing the world.

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On to Uganda

6 February 2010

I’m heading to Uganda tomorrow, and I want to say thanks to everyone who has supported me thus far. Now the hard part begins. I really need your prayers more than ever, both for me and for my family. Thank you for standing with us.

I won’t have much internet access. James tells me I’ll need a Twitter Patch to get me though. I plan to write 140 character messages on post-its and toss them to the wind. Every so often I’ll just hand one to James and ask him to retweet it. It’s the closest I expect to get to the real thing.

I hope to talk with Beth at least once, and I’ll have her post an update here or at the Facebook group if I can. As I told my dad, if you don’t hear anything about me for two weeks, I’m all right. If you do hear something, it’s fifty/fifty I’m in trouble.

Seriously, I am very grateful for the all of the people who have contributed to my trip and offered encouragement and support. I wouldn’t be doing this with out you. We are changing the world one water tank at a time. Grace and peace for the journey.