Sunday, April 3, 2016

Celebrating the resurrection!

Here in Uganda, the weekend of Easter is a 4 day public holiday. We had Good Friday through Easter Monday off. The country of Uganda recognizes both Christian and Muslim holidays as national public holidays. There are also several other historical and political holidays. 

Since we had a long weekend, our family went into Jinja on Friday to visit some friends, run errands and attend a Good Friday service at the church we used to attend in town. Saturday was a shopping trip to Kampala which is always exhausting, but also provides the opportunity to eat at some good restaurants. 

We were able to find some candy for an Easter egg hunt the next morning. As you can see, Zeke was very happy to have some Easter candy! Yes, he is hugging his candy. 

Since it was a special day, I decided to wear my gomez to church. A gomez is the traditional dress of women in this part of Uganda. I had to ask my neighbors to help me dress. You first put on a special wrap around skirt underneath and fold it over to make your hips seem bigger.  Then you put on the gomez, fold it in a certain way, and then you have to tie the belt a special way. I'm still learning. Here I am after church with several of the older women in our church. 

The GSF girls were given new dresses or skirts. Esther was included. :) Don't these girls look so cute? 

After church we had a special meal at GSF with the children and housemoms. Instead of all gathering as almost 100 people at the pavilion, we had lunch in 3 smaller groups on the verandas. It was nice to have more of a family feel as we ate together at a big long table. 

We had a more traditional Ugandan meal with matooke (cooked banana), rice, g-nut (peanut) sauce, along with pork, beef and chicken. Meat is a special treat for holidays around here. We also had some less traditional treats, like cake!

After lunch we were entertained by the monkeys in the tree. 
In the evening our family enjoyed a more American meal and some fun family time eating outside.

I'm not really sure why Monday is a holiday here, but I am thankful that it is. It was nice to have a day to recover a bit after such a full weekend. I also had postponed my Bible study until Monday since every other evening was taken. I am thankful we had postponed because several of the women had watched a film about Jesus and they had many questions. We were planning to continue reading in the book of Ephesians, but instead we looked at many different passages in Scripture talking about Jesus, who he was, what he did, how he died and rose from the dead. These women are very young believers, and I loved that they wanted to compare the film they saw to what the Bible actually says. I love their desire to know more! Our time going through the Scriptures together was one of my highlights from the weekend. Please pray for these women to continue to grow as they study God's Word.

I hope you and your family and friends also had a blessed time celebrating our risen Savior! He has risen indeed! It is such a blessing to see how the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work bring people to know the Truth! 

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." I Peter 1:3

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