Thursday, August 2, 2007

curt's journal from Uganda-July 31

This morning we walked down to the clinic that is run by a woman at the church named Pauline. Hillary loves her. She provides a home for one of the boys we sponsor, Julius, so she calls Hillary her sister. She wasn’t at the clinic this morning, but she came by our apartment this evening. She’s been a doctor for more than 10 years and could probably make a lot more money and be in a nicer facility, but she prefers to help those in need who can’t afford it. I can tell Hillary really adores her and the feeling is mutual. She bragged about how great Hillary is at dispensing drugs and helping her in the clinic. We showed her Hillary’s graduation video, which highlights her life from birth on. She and Resty watched the whole thing and seemed to really love seeing how Hillary grew up. We’re going back to the clinic tomorrow morning to video-tape a third year medical student named Jolly who volunteers in the clinic. He is a graduate of the school in Lusaka where Hillary helps out and plays basketball. He was the one who organized the basketball game the other day between the older guys and the Prophets. He was still talking about the game. He wants a rematch. We’ll also interview a young lady named Joyce who volunteers there as well. ICN is hoping to start a new program to help young people like them who are trying to get their education to work with the less fortunate. I hope I can accurately tell their story. I’m nowhere near a being professional videographer. I hope I can do their stories justice.

I’m starting to feel much more independent, though on the walk home, Hillary said we’re not very smart they way we walk along the streets. Apparently, we’re not attentive enough to traffic. I’ll take her advice. I’ve seen how pedestrians are treated here! Today I felt good though. I purchased internet airtime, sat and used the internet, ordered a bottle of water, and then a newspaper from a guy walking down the middle of the street selling papers…all by myself. I know, I know, “goody for you, Curt,” but, for me, it’s quite an accomplishment.

Tonight, Hopkins (Pastor Moses’ wife) came over and we hammered out the details of what we’ll be doing for the next couple of weeks. We’ll be heading into the bush to visit many of the schools and spending more time with the kids in the choir. We’re all really looking forward to the next phase of our adventure. Now, to the adventure of getting some sleep…Welaba!

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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.