Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Finally an Opportunity to talk to you

So I wanted to write the moment I got back, but it is amazing how very busy we Americans have become. When Chris set this blog up for me, he really read my heart very well I mean, just look at the title and you'll know where I stand. I Upenda Uganda!!!!! I thought since there were so many things that transpired on this trip that I would break it down into 2 day periods per post. So today, I will start with our departure. July 8th was a very scary day, while I had been talking this time up and getting excited, I had neglected the fact that I was traveling to a country and a region that had been marked by mass killings, unstable governments and severely infectious diseases. It now began to sink in that I may never see my wife and children again. This was tough, but I knew that it was God's will that I go because if not, the day would not have arrived, I would not have been fully funded and the call would not have been heeded. As I kissed my wife, I know she made it brief because of the fear that was in her as well and she knew that I might cry since I didn't want to bear the thought of not seeing her again. I grabbed my bags and ran for the door only to be called back to the car to grab my passport and wallet. Oh heaven help me. As I raced to the ticket counter I was met by a less than enthusiastic agent who didn't give a rip where I was going nor that I was nervous. My bags were overweight, but this is where her apathy helped me, she didn't seem to care too much about policy either and instead through my bags on the belt and pointed me in the direction of the departure gate. I sat at the gate, thoughts racing through my head, nerves gripping me and fear overwhelming me. I prayed so hard and God delivered me from my fears. I departed for Minneapolis and sat next to an older woman who was more interested in her book than the fact that I was going overseas. Its ok, I wasn't offended, she wasn't going, how could I expect her to get excited or empathize with my nerves. I raced from the plane to the gate where I would meet Mike (dad) Sanger and his daughter Michelle Sanger. I didn't see them right away and just began to trust God that it would be ok. Sure enough 20 minutes before departure they arrived and we had a wonderful meeting. My fears were beginning to subside. They were to me a sweet calming cove in a torrent of emotion. We boarded the plane and I got to sit near and exit which meant I got stretch my legs out. The lady next to me was an Irish lady and you'll have to come back tommorow to get more...

Friday, July 16, 2010

We are back from the islands, it was amazing, we are heading to safari tomorrow through Monday and then we leave Tuesday. They found 2 more bombs undetonated, but we are safe. I won't be able to get any more messages until I'm home.
P.S. They found out Debby is a math teacher and are dying to have her and I come here. Plus they can't imagine how she is able to put up with me, they simply have to meet her. HAHAHA

Monday, July 12, 2010

Bombs - we are safe

I know you might have seen the news reports about the bombs that went off here. We are just fine, one of them was close and we heard it, but we are all just fine and heading to Buvuma today.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I'm here!

I'm here and doing very very well. I am extremely busy and won't have internet access after 5 minutes. The trip is going very very well.

Friday, July 9, 2010

leaving on a jet plane

justin left on a plane this morning.
if all goes well, he will soon be recording his adventures here.