Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Need for Flexibility

The first picture was from last Friday. The builders had finished pouring a slab of cement to make the roof of our bathroom. Terrill has gleefully decided that this slab will be where we sit to have tea in the evenings. Now for the flexibility part: the builders announced to Terrill that we didn't have enough supplies to keep going. We also realized that we were running low on funds to build. Another problem that arose around the same time was that our solar system in Kaabong started to malfunction and we were losing power every night. Candles are romantic and all, but it starts getting ridiculous when I have to shower in the dark. Friday was a stressful day with much on our plate, and thus we decided that the only solution to our problems would be to make a trip to Kampala the next day. We packed late into the night and awakened at 3am when a mousetrap went off in the ceiling. Those pesky bush rats. We were on the road by 5:30am and decided to try and make the whole trip to Kampala in a day. The Kotido road was clear and a lovely light lit the sky as the sun rose. After a few hours of driving, we made it to Amuria. The Amuria road is one of the worst we've ever driven and I was praying for the bumps to end for two hours. On this road, we ran into a trouble spot. A bridge is in the process of being made but is not completed yet. At the moment, vehicles must drive through sticky, swampy mud. Every time we drive this way, we get stuck behind a big truck who is stuck. This time, Terrill pulled off the road and assessed the situation. We couldn't pass. We waited for 45 minutes and during that time, the truck pulled up enough to allow us to pass on one side. Thank the Lord for his mercies, or else we'd have been in Amuria the entire day. An hour and a half later, we spotted tarmac and praised God for it. The rest of the trip was smooth sailing and we landed in Kampala traffic around 6pm. It was a great treat to attend church at Calvary Chapel Kampala the next morning. On Monday, we also dropped off seven buckets of honey at Malaika Honey company and had dinner with the owner, Simon Turner of Australia. We're still trying to find a solution of how to transport the honey down to Kampala in a mode of transportation other than ourselves. Simon has been very supportive in this endeavor. On Tuesday, we headed back towards Jinja (east) to stay for a night in Mabira Forest. This year for our birthdays, we decided to spend one night in a 'geolodge' in Mabira Forest, a 'supposedly' uncut forest. We've spent the last 24 hours enjoying forest life and such. There is nothing better than a cup of tea and a good book while sitting in the forest. Now, we're back in Entebbe and getting ready for a week of chores.

A friend, Esther, and Pastor Jacob dumping honey that would go with us down to Kampala.

More dumping of honey...
Dry Karamoja hills...
Just another day in Kampala...but the chickens made us giggle. He'll have a mess to clean up.
Terrill & our guide, Kasozi, beside a rubber tree in Mabira Forest.
Sap from the rubber tree between Terrill's fingers.
Old fig tree: our guide told us that pygmies used to live in the shelter of these old trees. He said that the pygmies have since integrated into the wider Bantu society, but that they are still identified by their short stature.
Makaranga tree: it has short, spiky branches coming out of the trunk...for it's own protection?
Mabira Forest butterfly

1 comment:

Tammy On the Go said...

I read this and I am definately in AWE!