The phrase that characteristically follows the title phrase of this post is, “and a lot of nothing”, which may be true.
I apologize if my writing quality has not been up to par lately. There has been so much information to write about on this trip, and so little time to compose it. Nevertheless, I hope the information I have shared has been useful and inspiring to you.
This trip has been centered around mentoring. More specifically, the mentoring of a few men, to be mentors. The focus has been to train others to carry on the work while we are away, and thus far, we are accomplishing that goal; though the trip is not over yet and there is still time to reinforce what we have taught.
The mantra of our hearts has been to bring glory to God in everything we say and do, down to the very breath we breath and the steps we take. From the devotions in the mornings, to the spiritual conversations on the bus, to the lessons learned while in the midst of the work, the theme and song of our souls had been, “To God be the glory”.
I have interviewed, briefly, several members of the team to discover their opinions of this trip. Here is the brother/sister duo of Wes and Marisa Yarber.
Me: I know that you have both been on mission trips to other countries, how does Uganda compare to some of the other place to which you have been?
Marisa: Other countries we’ve been to were richer, not as much in poverty as Uganda.
Wes: There is also a language barrier here. In other places we’ve been, there is not a legitimate language barrier. Uganda is also more… I guess I’d say dirty. There is a much greater risk of getting malaria or typhoid or some other disease. It is also one of the most unreached places to which I’ve been. Other countries have had more exposure to the gospel and Uganda hasn’t. That, and the food are the biggest differences.
That is from the perspective of two young people who have taken many overseas trips with their student choir, and actually just got back from a trip to Alaska a few days before they boarded planes to fly to Uganda. These two have seen a lot, and yet, Africa is a whole new ballpark. I can tell you that simply from my experience in seeing both North and South America and Europe. There is a greater need in Uganda.
I must admit though, as a writer by interest and by innate skill, the language barrier gets to me every year. The way things are said… The semblance of British vocabulary with the accent and verbiage of Africans, is quite interesting. Sometimes it can be distracting, but you learn to hear the meaning of the words rather than the words themselves.
Today is the water filter distribution day. Which is a day when we drive out to a village and distribute 5 gallon buckets to which we have attached water filters, in which we have placed seeds, gospel litturature, and other helpful items for the people. We’re are just finishing up breakfast now, and are about to jump into the day head on. Pray for the salvation of souls as this village we a going to has never heard the gospel.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist