Happy Easter! Happy Springtime! Happy my birthday month! April 4 marked six months that we’ve been in Uganda, and on Monday we only have five weeks until we leave! I’ve said it every other blog so why stop now, I seriously can’t believe we’ve been here for this long! These next five weeks are going to go by so quick, and we’re going to have some very sad goodbyes that we are not looking forward to.
This month we did some adventuring in Kampala, and are discovering new sites and sounds every time we go in. We’re both sad that we didn’t start branching out sooner! We’ve been trying new restaurants, and exploring new areas of the city. Some of it feels just like home but a lot more of it feels like a totally different world. Kampala is a huge city with so much to see, and I’m definitely thankful for the opportunities we have to find out more about it.
One of those adventures was a trip to the Uganda National Mosque! It’s one of the biggest mosques in East Africa, and it has some really amazing architecture (Karl made an instagram post with some great shots of the inside). They give tours, and Karl and I were lucky to be the only ones with our guide so we were able to ask him lots of questions. Our guide was super willing to answer anything we asked, and everyone we interacted with was so friendly. They have a tower that you can climb for an amazing view of Kampala, 304 steps up after a very hot mosque tour was a bit overwhelming, but definitely worth it in the end!
And now, some lists:
Some new visitors that have been around:
- There’s a pack of monkeys that live in Suubi, and this month they decided to come hang out at our house! We tried to feed them (debatably a bad idea…) but they were too nervous about us to get close, so instead we just followed them around for a while and only almost got peed on once.
- The return of the rainy season has brought with it many, many bugs (or insects, as they say here). Bugs of all sizes, shapes, and speeds. Thankfully there are not many mosquitoes, but we have gotten very used to seeing fat, black millipedes everywhere.
Some ways this month has been different from previous ones:
- I’m actually doing my homework these days! I’ve been pounding out assignments, and it definitely feels good to have them behind me. I’ve also started going to a library at a small Bible college near where we stay in Kampala, and it’s been a really cool experience to get to know the librarian there and watch some of the classes they do there – which happen in the library and thus stop me from being able to look at 80% of the books…
- We’ve been staying the night at the baby’s home a lot more often, which has pros and cons. The pros are that we get to be here until the babies go to bed, which means we get to help put them in sleepers and do “Jesus time,” as well as that we don’t have to walk back and forth to our house. The cons are that the reason we’re here is because our house doesn’t have power!! We would definitely prefer to spend our evenings and days off there, not to mention sleep in the same bed, but when the power is off for 6 or 7 hours at a time, only to be on for one or two before going off again, it’s just better to be at baby’s home.
Some prayer requests:
- As always, pray for these babies and the nannies who take care of them. We love them so much, and we are so thankful for everything that happens here. Pray for health, and for endurance for the nannies.
- Please pray for us as we go into our last weeks here. We know how fast this time will go, and how much we want to get done in these weeks, but we also want to make the most of it. Pray that we can make wise decisions about how to spend our time, and that we are able to give out as much love as possible before we go.
- Pray for physical health for both Karl and I, I think our bodies are definitely getting a bit run down, and we are both getting really tired easily. I also turned my ankle a few weeks ago and am still feeling some pain there, so prayer that we can both be feeling 100% for our last weeks would be so appreciated!
This month was pretty quiet, so this post is a bit shorter than usual, but we’ve got some really exciting stuff coming up in April – our last full month in Uganda! Thank you so much for reading, praying, and loving us from home! We can’t believe how soon we’ll be back with you on that side of the planet.