October 2012 | Uganda | Day 9
Today we ended our trip to Musana – we are sitting in the Sol Café in Iganga getting a few last hours of socializing in. At 3 am we start the journey back to Colorado. Our week has been packed full of laughter, culture shock, and amazement at the place that Andrea, Leah, Haril, and the incredible staff of Musana are running.
Our team split up today to run several projects – most of the men went to the farm and carried rocks and sand in sugar bags about 200 yards through mud and swamp. Michael went beast mode again and was carrying the equivalent of a baby elephant on his back. All in all we worked about two hours and it felt like 24, but we got a lot done. The rest of the team (the ladies and Ron and AJ) painted the library and made it look really nice. The Kids team at Flatirons should be really proud of what their kids raised money for.
We returned back to Musana after a great lunch at a local spot (where Nickell drank not one, but two cokes, for the record) to have a leadership roundtable with the heads of department at Musana. The team here, comprised of all Ugandans, is very sharp. The vision and mission that the team shares to deliver a high level of education while becoming sustainable permeates the organization. They are chasing after a big vision, and have a lot of great questions. Some of our leaders, including Steve and Marijo shared some great insights into how to get to the next level. Michael and Scott spoke out of the experience of making Flatirons the place it is through challenges and triumphs. Overall, it was a really cool experience – I took a lot of notes … mostly because Michael was watching me.
Scott finished up Bible 101 – no exaggeration, he really nailed this class for the people here. He taught to two very different groups, the older students and the staff, over the course of the week, customizing and challenging in the ways that were appropriate for both groups. It finished strong today.
We left Musana after that – a few kids were very sad and wanted Uncle Matty to take them home in his suitcase. But after some goodbyes and hugs, they said they were excited to see who would be here next.
Thanks for all of your prayer and support while we have been away – it’s been a life-changing experience for sure!