Monday, August 20, 2007

curt's journal from Uganda-Aug. 20

Yesterday, at church, they had us go up to the front to say goodbye. It was really hit us that we don't have very much time left. Even though we're going to see the choir kids several times before we leave, they were sad and Jane was crying and wouldn't stop hugging me. It's going to be really hard to leave. With only three days left, I found a better internet option, but will probably only get online one more time after today. Oh well, at least I can pass it on to the next team that comes.

Today, we walked to an open air market and had a great time. It was really crowded and crazy with people yelling at me to bring my Mzungu money to them. It surrounds the taxi park where hundreds of Toyota vans are parked with hundreds of taxi drivers asking, "Mzungu, where are you going?" or "Where do you want to reach, Mzungu?" It was a really interesting atmoshphere and we were able to barter with people. I was able to buy a set of five pans for the child that my friends, the Scotts, sponsor. We spent the afternoon arranging a ride, getting a location, and finding the Compassion International office. Mission accomplished. It was great to get that delivered. We still haven't delivered another package for one of our fellow church members, but we are hopeful. It's just so hard to make arrangements in a town so overcrowded.

We are excited, yet apprehensive about our last few days in Uganda.

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the latest on the sells

As of May 27, 2009...

Wow, it's been almost a year since we've updated this. Our family had a wonderful experience traveling to Uganda two summers ago, which prompted us to keep a journal on this blog. You can read our daily journal from our month long trip

This year brings new adventures. Our eldest daughter, Courtney, after graduating from George Fox University with honors, left for her third trip to India to spend nearly a YEAR to work at Happy Home for the Handicapped in Shimoga, India. You can read about her first trip to India and the impact it had on her life here. She'll also give us new updates from her current trip on this site (here). As of this writing, she is just starting to settle in and is very excited to be there. She has been looking forward to this for a long time!

Meanwhile, Hillary spent all of last year
touring the western U.S. with Matsiko, the choir of children we grew to love as our own in Uganda. She journalled about her experiences in Uganda if you'd like to see what that was like. At some point during this tour, she felt led to join the U.S. Army. Quite a big decision, and one she didn't take lightly. After moving through Basic Training with flying colors, she is now at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio training to become a combat medic. It's a very intense training, but we're sure she'll do well. Our whole family was able to travel to South Carolina to watch her graduate from Basic Training. What an awe inspiring experience!

Leslie is having a great year of teaching 5th graders. She's also in a Master's program, which takes a good chunk of her time. She's still finds time to read a TON of books. Literally, a ton!

Curt was overwhelmed by his experience as a first time overseas traveler and kept up his journal here (you can also read his random posts on everyday life here). The busyness of life and keeping track of his traveling kids has slowed down his writing, but he hopes to begin writing on a regular basis again soon.