Workshops and Walks

Greetings from Uganda!

We began our adventure today by attending a CHAP sponsored workshop. The workshop was attended by local church representatives and was meant to equip them and the churches they represent to reach into their communities and to identify orphan and/or other children who are at risk or vulnerable in HIV/AIDS related situations.

ugandavillage

This workshop reminded me of a couple of issues:

* The administrative process, though sometimes grueling, is one that is universal. It takes time and sometimes tedious behind-the-scenes activity to structure and implement efficient and effective ministry.

* People are eager and willing to make a difference. They desire to be faithful in their service. They want to be involved, improve other people’s lives and share the gospel. That also is a universal characteristic shared by human beings.

The second part of our day was less structured. Originally we intended to go to a bead-making activity. That did not materialize. Suffice to say with no disrespect, some kind of Ugandan thing. If you were here or have been here, you’d know what I mean. Never the less, it’s all good. “Go with the flow,” as we say.

Instead we went for a walk in the nearby village. A step back in time would be one way to describe it.

ugandawalk

To say that it is a stark contrast to our lifestyles would be an understatement. You’ve seen the ads on TV or other media for World Relief or Christian Children’s Organization, and you are perhaps numbed for a moment or rationalize them as being isolated cases. They are indeed not! They are very real and, I am told, better than they were some 20 or so years ago. How could they have been worse? But I am encouraged that there is improvement and CHAP and I.N. are instrumental in bringing about positive change.

ugandakids

The people here have been most gracious and generous of their time in serving us and answering our sometimes relentless curiosities

More adventures to follow.

Gary

 

3 Comments on “Workshops and Walks

  1. It’s so wonderful to see the red dirt, the smiling kids and to hear about our Ugandan friends! (Say hi to Bob for me!). Glad to hear that everyone got there safely. Can’t wait to read more about what you are doing there. God bless all of you and all of our Ugandan counterparts.

  2. Trista,
    I am praying for you…the descriptions in the blog postings are great…i can almost imagine being there…keep it coming! The kids look beautiful in their barefooted school-uniformed state on that red road…any critters/bugs of various assortments?

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