Well after many hours of packed vans, busy airports and uncomfortable planes, all teams are back home, safe and sound! What an amazing 3 weeks it has been and it has all flown by! Praise God for His protection travel-wise, as well as health-wise, where we had no major incidents on any of the trips! We can already see the impact the trips have had on students, as they've made life-long friends, experienced new cultures, seen God work & move and grown in themselves!
Today was a day of contrasts! It began with a meeting with nature (quite literally - it felt like warm rough concrete) and ended with a hair-raising drive through an African metropolis... But let me take you through it from the beginning.
Awakening to the cries of monkeys as our alarm clock (rooster crows or phone alarms needn't apply), we devoured a delicious buffet breakfast, tossed our belongings into our bags and headed off on our very last game drive.
Dear parents and well-wishers, Today marks the first full day outside of Uganda. The day began at 6:30 with our first game drive in search of African wildlife... Especially the famous lion. Although we did not see any lions on our maiden voyage, there were still many excitements including a moment where the road was blocked by a group of white rhinos which rendered the route impassible according to the drivers (although driving through the rhinos would have been quintessentially thrilling). On this trip, we managed to spot many different animals, including Zebras, Buffalos, Warthogs, Impalas, and many more. Overall, it was a very enjoyable and awe inspiring way to commence the days events.
Dear faithful followers,
Today we started with an early 3am wake up, followed by a near three hour bus ride to Entebbe Airport. Once we arrived at Nairobi, Kenya we headed to Sweetwater Lodge to begin our safari for the next 3 days.
Greetings fervent readers,
The team awoke with mixed spirits; excitement, sadness and happiness to name a few. Today marked our final full day in Uganda. Joel led the team in this morning devotions, centring on John 18. Once devos were completed, the wonderful Juliet provided breakfast for the last time, rolexes and chapattis (the end of an era really). The morning was then spent packing – for some this was a gargantuan task, for others it was more manageable (I’ll admit the boys room did look like a bomb had hit prior to packing).
Dear family, friends and future Schoolies Rev peeps,
We absolutely smashed Joel’s expectations of how fast we could build the last 4 layers of inside walls! Setting out we were expecting to be back by 2pm but instead we arrived back at Suubi House around 11:30am. A great playlist contributed to our team’s momentum along with a few machenga fights with the builders to keep us in good spirits.
Like every other day in sunny Uganda, today started out hot. Waking up to a breakfast of toast and cereal (a western delicacy reserved only for Sundays), we then proceeded to preform the pilgrimage up the road towards the Village of Hope, except, being a Sunday, we stopped off at the local church.
Dear avid followers (and Mum),
Today was the day where dreams became reality… aka white water rafting on the River Nile. Though there were some unfortunate events, everyone still walked away with a smile and a lifelong memory. It was a great day with no serious injuries and plenty of great stories! Some key highlights include:
The morning of our second Ugandan Friday was a hot one, with the 9am sunshine heavy on our backs as we began our second last half-day of building in the Village of Hope. The completion of the outside walls has settled as a sense of excitement within the team, as we see the pile of red clay bricks from day one finally form the walls of a home- the walls of a future. With the patient guidance and good humour of our Ugandan builders as the foundation of these walls, our gratitude to both them and their kindness is immeasurable.
Hi everyone! Today we started with a devotion lead by Brandon. It was on John 9, which tied in very well with our previous trip to the slum and Home of Hope. It gave us encouragement in the way we all process these confronting and challenging situations and helped us to learn and benefit from them.
We had a break from building today and, in the morning, spent time in town. Everyone got to do their last bits of shopping or could just relax at a cafe. The nice thing about going to town is being able to talk to the locals and find out about Ugandan life. Some of us got to meet a lady called Lilian who's profits support widows and young girls in need. Amongst the poverty we see, it's really inspirational to hear stories of people who are making a positive difference in people's lives here.
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