Indomitable Uganda

Trip Start Sep 17, 2009
Trip End Nov 17, 2009

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

we loved Uganda.  its one of those places that some go because they either know that its safe through first hand accounts, or they are just plain adventurous souls or their families/ companies have business there.   we are a combination of #1 and #2.

things we did and observed:
1)  watching the school children every night dance and their freedom

2)  visiting the school in Nkuringo area that had no electricity, 400 kids, 4 teachers (one for each 100),  25% orphans and a kid named Timos who was an orphan who has never missed a day and hikes 2 hours each way, every day, to his class.  We made a donation to the school in his honor and the headmaster called the school together and pointed him out.

3)  the sunsets above the clouds at the top of the mountain every night, literally feeling on top of the world. seeing the amber of the volcano in the distance.

4) Tracking gorillas on the border of Rwanda and the DRC with AK-47 armed Ugandan trackers that cleared our paths only with machetes.  Brian got charged by a female that we think liked him for his beard.  Brian didnt consider this foreplay, but he went straight into submission.  Erin was a little jealous

5)  frustration at the problems that exist and the lack of having people that you 100% know you can trust to give the aid to

6)  Killing an awkward silence in a mudhut with complete strangers by putting the IPOD on Michael Jackson.  Thank you MJ !
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Follow up on Nothing But Nets Campaign
Hi Erin & Brian - I thought you might like to hear the follow up on our recent fundraiser for the Nothing But Nets Campaign. The following was written by our pastor, David Payne:

'Despite the rainy day our first annual Make a Difference Music Festival was a success. We had the privilege of listening to great music, Angel's Icehouse provided the hospitality, and we raised money for our Imagine No Malaria campaign that supports Nothing But Nets. We ended up raising around $3,000.

Bee Creek UMC is joining other United Methodist churches around the nation in supporting this great cause. BCUMC has set a goal of raising $25,000 over a five year period. Even our children have been involved in the project by collecting spare change in buckets that they made in Children's Church.'

So - how do we change the world? One person at a time.
We love you and love reading your blogs. CG

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