Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Teenage Affluenza

I got the link to this video on Rob's blog: "Come To Church & I'll Buy You A Beer" (listed under my links)

It's awesome. Watch it!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Back in Canada

It's always so strange to me how I can go from one way of life to another so rapidly. Often, I wonder if I just dreamed up these African adventures because they seem so far away from me now. Other times, I will see a Sudanese person walking the Calgary streets and I get this tugging, pulling on my heart, realizing it wasn't just a dream, it was a dream come true and in some small way I can identify with that person living in this culture so foreign from their own. And all the while I'm trying so hard to accept being here in my own culture even as the scents and sights and sounds of a far-off place haunt me daily.

Back in Canada

Last Week On The African Continent

Seeing and smelling the ocean, leading worship for the BG base, seeing my outreach students, Rachelle and Hasha after two months and Tabea after three months! Seeing staff and students from the HIV/AIDS school as well as the BG staff: childcare workers, admin staff, coffee at Mugg & Bean, seeing how much the kids had grown in four months, realizing how much Uganda had changed me...an amazing way to spend my last week on the African continent.

Cape Town May 2007

Visiting Soroti On The Way Back to South Africa

Despite the 10 hour ride in a dumptruck, on roads that were pot-holed and washed out, I am so thankful that I was able to go back to Soroti,where we began our outreach, and visit my friends there before leaving Uganda. One of our students, Sasha, had made a two year commitment to the base there and it was great to be reunited with her along with another of our students Paula.

I also got to do some more teaching with the Video Show and was able to visit the family we bought the cow for.

Visiting Soroti On The Way Back to South Africa

Paara Game Park

This was an incredible gift from the Arua base leaders, John and Vikki! It was especially awesome to see the giraffes so close!

Paara Game Park

March/April 2007 in Arua, Uganda

It was a bit strange at first to be without a team once I'd made the decision to stay in Arua. But I adjusted quickly thanks to the amazing staff who welcomed me in as part of the family. I enjoyed my time there so much and I hope I will get to go back and see them again.

March/April in Arua

Back From Sudan; In Arua

We left Yei at something crazy like 2:30 or 3:30 in the morning. I can't believe I slept most of the way to the border because those roads are nasty and the bus kept leaning in ways that made me wonder if we'd even make it to the border. The trip from Yei to Arua was around six hours long and what was left of the team would be leaving the next day for Kampala, then flying out to South Africa. I had to decide if I was staying or going with them by the time we got back to Arua.

As we sat in the coffee shop in Arua, I decided that if my bank card worked in the local bank's ATM machine (because I had no money left after the 2 month outreach), that I would stay in Arua. As I walked through town to the bank machine, I realized how much I wanted to stay and when my card worked and out came the Ugandan shillings I was thrilled!

The next morning I said good-bye to my students and co-leader and then back at the base I sat and wondered..."what have I done?!" :) But I'm so thankful I stayed to be able to experience all that I did and to grow some very important friendships there.

Back From Sudan; In Arua

Sudan Photos

We went to Sudan for two weeks in February. First to the YWAM base in Yei, then onto Loka, a village on the way to Juba, then back to Yei.



Sudan

Hasha's Sudan Pics

Friday, June 22, 2007

Yumbe, Uganda

After leaving Soroti, seven of us traveled first to Arua and then on to Yumbe (very close to the Uganda-Sudan border) for 10 days of HIV/AIDS teaching in the community. One of the highlights of the outreach!

Yumbe

Yumbe, Uganda

These photos were taken by one of our students on the team, Sasha

Sasha's Yumbe Pics

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

God Roads

"Some of you wandered for years in the desert, looking but not finding a good place to live. Half-starved and parched with thirst, staggering and stumbling on the brink of exhaustion. Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God. He got you out in the nick of time; He put your feet on a wonderful road that took you straight to a good place to live. So thank God for His marvelous love, for His miracle mercy to the children He loves. He poured great draughts of water down parched throats; the starved and hungry got plenty to eat." -excerpts from Psalm 107 in The Message Bible

Here are some of the "wonderful" roads that took me to really great places to live.

ARUA



YUMBE
SUDAN

SOROTI


Monday, June 11, 2007

Outreach to Uganda/Sudan Photos

Soroti

So, here are some of my pics. I've decided to do this in stages because I have a gazillion pictures to wade through! So, I will post chronologically starting with Soroti, Uganda where we stayed for three weeks.

Enjoy!

Outreach to Uganda/Sudan Photos

Hasha's Soroti Photos

Some really great pics one of the girls on the team, Hasha, took in Soroti

Outreach to Uganda/Sudan Photos

Sasha's Soroti Photos

These are some really great photos one of the girls took in Soroti