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.
Now, if we culture-bewildered schoolies thought last weeks church service was upbeat and energetic, this one out-did it 10 fold. After 30 minutes of hand-clapping, hip-swinging, palm-raising Ugandan worshippy goodness we then proceeded to listen to a sermon by our very own fearless leader pastor JoEL (as pronounced by the local peoples) which began with our group performing a song in front of the church, much to the laughter of the Ugandan crowd.
Following Church we had potatoes and bread for lunch (it tastes far better than it sounds due to Juliet’s glorious cooking), and then caught the bus at 2:00 and drove to a pool. At the pool, we enjoyed approximately 10 minutes of serenity before been bombarded by 100 African children. Now, if you have never had the both terrifying and hilarious pleasure of seeing African children swim, it is certainly an experience. For the next hour, us schoolies became a mixture of lifeguard, boogie-board, taxi and personal entertainment as we struggled to simultaneously entertain the Ugandans whilst keeping them alive.
Following the adventures at the pool, we wrapped up the day by enjoying a film put together by the youth from the church and village of hope which sought to address the issue of abuse in families. Although quite long (47mins) and at times hard to follow, we all appreciated the effort and time that had been put in, and the valuable message that the film explored.
All in all, it was yet another incredible day in beautiful Uganda with a team of awesome people, and we're all looking forward to what is to come.
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