It is 4:46 Uganda time - about 6:46 in the morning in Gig Harbor.
Last night we visited our first IDP camp - Internal Displacement Camp. 30,000 displaced Northern Ugandans. Nothing will prepare you for the needs. The children were everywhere. They had swollen stomachs from hunger and worms. The little huts went on and on. As bad as it may sound, there was hope and smiles everywhere. They welcomed us with songs and presentations. They were beautiful and proud! We all left with hope that we could actually make a difference. We reached an agreement to build a school. Restore will be working on that right away!! My favorite moments were playing with the kids. The love soccer - and they are good. I took on some of the older boys and got schooled.
This morning we picked up a military escort and drove 88 clikcs toward Sudan. We visited another IDP camp that doesn't receive as much aid. The needs were again overwhelming. Yet, we encounted the same joy and hope. They didn't want to let us leave. They had a school that performed for us. Their choir was like hearing angels singing. We are talking 4 part harmony with moves. They were amazing. After, we met children that had escaped upduction and heard the stories of previous massacers. It was hard to take. Yet, hope is abundant!
We are going to a BBQ tonight and have our first break of the trip. We were at first a little anxious about Norther Uganda. However, it is so peaceful. We and not wanting to leave. However, we leave early in the morning.
Thank you for all your prayers and covering. We can feel them!! My computer is still down, and as you can tell, no spell check. Thank you for your grace. We are enouraged by all of your comments. No BJ, you were not the first. My Janie was!
I can think of 100 other things to tell you, but we have no time.
Signing off from wonderful Gulu!