October 2012 | Uganda | Day 8
Greetings from Musana.
As we draw close to the time to return, we’re starting to focus on finishing things up that we started.
Today began with about 1/2 the team riding boda-bodas (motorcycle taxis) to Musana’s farm. The other 1/2 of the team rode in the van. As usual, Isaac hosted us and gave a great tour. He is really, really smart. When he started to tell us about the oxygen receptors or some such on the pineapple plants, he did lose us a bit, so he scaled things down and then we could follow better. It was so inspiring to hear how the farm is doing and the vision for improvements.
After the farm, we transitioned to visiting two women’s projects. One in the village of Bukonko and one in Buwongo. Both groups greeted us with singing and dancing. It was so cool to see the women with so much joy. I think one of the biggest highlights was when we met Judith. Judith is the chairwoman of the group in Bowongo and had a great connection with Deb Nickell when Deb visited over a year ago with the first team from Flatirons. Deb sent a special message that, though she was not able to come this time, she did send her son Scott. It was beautiful to see the hug that followed – for a whole host of reasons. We walked around the village to see the micro-enterprise programs going on and meet the beautiful people of the village. It was amazing and inspiring!
In the afternoon we spent some time again with the Musana Heads of Departments, again talking together about leadership issues we all face. Then we wrapped up the day with the 3rd of 4 sessions of Bible 101. Bible 101 continues to be fruitful both for all of us on the team and also for the Musana staff. There have been some great insights shared all around.
Finally, we celebrated a few birthdays we’ve had this week – Elanna’s birthday was the day left, Marijo’s birthday is today and Haril’s sister, Fatima, who also works for Musana, had a birthday last Thursday. We had ice cream made in Nairobi to celebrate.
We’re all looking forward to our last day, tomorrow, though I think the goodbyes will be challenging.
Update on Haril’s dad:
Haril was able to talk with his mom this evening and she said they still have concerns about his heart and a possible connection with that and the stroke. It sounds like he is communicating better, but there are still some concerns. Please continue to pray. Ron
Isaac explaining something at the farm
Scott and Judith