T. I. A. meaning “This Is Africa” is our latest favorite phrase and life motto It basically means go with the flow, don’t expect anything to go on schedule and just enjoy life. So T.I.A.- we are finally writing our third post 🙂
Life is going well here in Masindi, Uganda. We have finally settled in a little bit and have not been traveling as much. The past couple of weeks we have been here working and enjoying life. Here are a few quick highlights:
The March trip was awesome! Things went super smooth and the team did amazing work- you should check out the Palmetto Medical Initiative blog to see photos and hear amazing stories!!! go to: www.palmettomedical.org and click on blog.
After the team left, we were in Kampala (the capital) for a few days and celebrated Michael’s 30th Birthday! It was great fun we went out to a nice dinner and they turned all the lights off in the restaurant, started singing some song other than happy birthday and brought him a yummy cake. We also spent time with our friends at Water Missions in Uganda which is a non-profit based out of Charleston, SC.
Also while in Kampala Michael was able to meet with our architect, lawyer, and church officials to continue moving forward with the PMI project!!!
We were also invited to the Ambassador’s house for a wine and cheese event where we met some wonderful people in the Embassy and had lots of fun chatting with cool, interesting people.
We have really enjoyed getting to spend time with the Ambassador and his wife (they are from N.C.) and his son and I studied abroad together in Chile. They are fantastic and have really shown us southern hospitality in Africa and I even got to go to a pilates class with the Catherine (the wife) who is also a psychologist and massage therapist. We are going back to Kampala to stay with them this weekend and I will be teaching a little pilates class at their house by the pool 🙂
Sadly we said goodbye to some sweet, wonderful friends we made that have finished their Peace Corps commitment. Kelly, Baxter, and Eric we love yall and miss you guys already!
Then it was already Easter! We had a great cultural experience! Our village participates in the “walk of the cross” on Good Friday. So basically hundreds of people gather together at sunrise and walk 5km carrying wooden crosses. They walk around and read the story of Jesus before the crucifixion and also stop to pray for schools, the hospital, the police station, and town headquarters. Then Easter Sunday was a fun church celebration that was about 3 1/2 hours that started an hour late… but remember T.I.A.
Walk of the Cross
We broke ground on the house! Things are moving right along and we are getting excited about breaking ground on the medical center most likely “a week from Monday.” (T.I.A.) nothing really happens “tomorrow” or “the next day” so you are a little bit safer if you just say it will happen “a week from Monday” 🙂
Building the Foundation
We have also made great, fun new friends!!! Ned, from Boston, is here drilling water wells and Christine, from Pennsylvania, is here living outside of Masindi working for the Peace Corps. It has been a super huge blessing and answer to prayers to meet people who are in a similar place in life.
Our latest source of entertainment has been the Kinyara Sugar Plantation Manager’s Club 🙂 We went with Ned and Christine and played golf and relaxed by the pool on Saturday afternoon all for $1 each!!! Then we hosted our first little cook out and had a fun evening with our cool new friends!
Ned & Michael Christine & Amanda
Our fancy charcoal grill
That is about it for now- Thanks so much for your prayers and emails.
Please continue to pray for: Development of the Clinic, Preparing for the May Team, and to continue to see where the Lord is leading us in what he is doing here in Masindi.
The Neighborhood Water Gang