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Uganda Day 1

IMG 0575I was able to travel to Uganda with my friends, Jim and Kristen Mixson, who have a ministry to the refugees from South Sudan and we were able to spend time at three of the camps -Kiryandongo, Rhino, and Bidibidi. Jim teaches agriculture so the families can become self-sustaining and Kristen works with the women on sewing projects for personal needs and income. They are a remarkable couple and I got to meet and work with some truly amazing people.

Each Monday I will be publishing a brief story and photo on my www.Bestofbothministry.com website under the caption “I met a guy.”

Here are a few photos to whet your appetite!

Driving several hours on a dirt road filled with rocks and ruts will shake your bones. As you enter the camp the sheer size is overwhelming – they go on for miles. There are a few decent metal buildings used for UN food distribution, wells have been dug and are generally pumped by hand. There are schools – a nice one funded by Pioneers and several smaller ones funded by and led by camp residents. But what caught my eye were the houses.

Uganda Day 1

Generally, they were mud with grass roofs. In some cases, the mud was made into bricks, in others, there was a frame or woven mat covered in mud. The soil is awful, and the diet reflects it. Cassava, which is a root starch, some cabbage, but virtually no greens. Protein is goat (not bad) and beans. And the dust. It’s a primitive life and the people have been here for years. But that is what you notice most of all – the people. They are smiling!

They greet us like old friends Jim is a rock star to them and we walked and talked for hours. We looked at the small plots and gardens where Jim’s drip irrigation systems have been put to work. A school at Kiryandongo was started 2 years ago by one couple and now has over 450 students – 70 of them orphans. This is an amazing story that I will try my best to narrate over the next 8 weeks.

They have a church funded by With Open Eyes; mud walls and a metal roof, but the people worship and pray with a passion I wish I saw more often in our churches. Five clear observations about these people.