|Zeke at one of his happy moments on the plane.|
After some shopping and lunch we headed to Good Shepherd's Fold. As we were driving, Elijah said, "I can see why they call Uganda the 'Pearl of Africa.'" It definitely made our bus driver smile to hear this. Proverbs 17:22 says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine." Elijah's cheerful spirit has been good medicine for me these past few days. All our children fell asleep in the bus on the way, so we woke them as we turned on to the dirt road that heads to GSF. We were greeted by hundreds of singing and dancing children. It was sweet and a bit overwhelming as we were so tired. I was in tears. Our teammates, Tom and Sharon Batley, generously offered us their home on campus for our first three nights in Uganda. It was great to be near the team, to be able to share meals together and for our kids to quickly make new friends. Within minutes of arriving, Zeke and Ezra were playing with kids at the toddler house playground, Esther was playing school with several girls on the Batley's front porch, and Elijah was making friends with Hayden another missionary kid who will be in the same grade in school. It made me very happy to see my children quickly adjusting and enjoying life on campus at GSF.
That night (Wednesday) the team celebrated the Lord's Supper together. It was a good time of communion and prayer. I was thankful to have been there although I was struggling to stay awake. The next morning also began with a time of prayer with the team, but as the day wore on I became more overwhelmed with how different everything is. I think the jet lag and culture shock began to kick in full force. Thursday and Friday were days with a big learning curve for me. I was very grateful when Amy and Sheila both came over to check on me. I had been crying quite a bit and they sat with me listened to my feelings, affirmed that this is normal for this type of transition, and prayed with me. I was so thankful for that time! After that they also decided to both pitch in and provide dinner for our family. It was delicious and Ezra even had 3rds. I am very thankful for our missionary team!
|Here are some of the turkeys at our rental house in Jinja.|
Sorry I didn't have any pictures of the kids at GSF or more of our kids. I have been forgetting to take photos. But things have become a little more normal with some rest and a place to unpack our bags. So I will try to add more photos next post.