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Friday, October 29, 2010
After not seeing but one elephant, we suddenly came upon this one and a friend on the road. The friend nicely moved on but this one did not want to move. We kept getting closer but it wouldn't move. Finally it turned to go down the road and then suddenly turned to face us. We were all so startled that we jumped down in the van. Only one person had the sense to make a picture of it as it started to charge at us. Mussa, our driver, stomped the accelerator and after a while, the elephant turned around and started down the road again. We were beginning to give up on seeing any lions. As we drove away from the river, Wes spotted this mother lion and three assorted sized babies. They did not seem to mind all the cars that surrounded them very quickly.
After Bible Study, we had brunch at the Daniel's. One of our jobs after meal time was to wash dishes. Jamie was so good at helping. Then we went to Magazie's church for their service. As Buddy always says "The church is not the building but the people". We really enjoyed meeting Magazie's family and church family. His wife is a wonderful worship leader.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
What a beautiful sunrise greeted us on our walk around the Carlorosa! The heavens were truly declaring God's glory. Our commute over to the main house looked very different from a commute in the US. Everyone was on their way to the well. John was tidying up the truck for us to make our ride to Mugazi's church later in the morning.
I just loved the relaxed conditions for the testing. Having survived eighteen years of testing in public schools, this was so refreshing to be there and not have to give the test. On that Saturday, there were children sitting outside the school who were taking the trial test. I also loved the sign out front. I wonder if they get detention if they are not in time. The rode to and from the school was not in very good shape but the children on the side of the road were so happy to see the Mzungu's riding in the back of the truck. We always felt like we were in a parade. I had time for my ten minute power nap before lunch.
There was a time to play some games and all too quickly our time came to an end. I had my wrinkles (I mean picture) made with a girl whose Christian name is Molly. I cannot forget her name! At the end of play time, the captains and assistant principal were given the balls we played with and each student was given a stick that they were to take home to plant. The name of it was "lost in translation" which became the girl's name for our trip.
While I was helping pass out snacks, seven bisquits (cookies) and a cup of juice that was served over and over from the few cups that we had, some of the team was setting up clothes distribution. The take home I got from this was to never give away clothes again without considering what kind of message I want to send to the people who receive the clothes. I'm not sure where these clothes came from but I'm glad the people gave them away! I'm just sorry that these children had to be the recepients. What has happened to modesty?
This school was decorated differently than the school at the ranch. There were sayings like this painted throughout the exterior of the school. Since so many of them are HIV positive I realize the importance of the message. Make sure you click on the building in the second picture to see the message that is painted on it up close. I'm just sad that this is the way to get it across. I was also able to take a picture some pages from one of their precious books that they study from.