Linda Rogers
Church of the Epiphany, Clarks Summit

Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer.
Psalm 61:1

We loved seeing our Ugandan friends as we arrived safely in Entebbe despite the 24 hour delay! After sleeping less than 3 hours on hard airport gate chairs, a shower and soft bed at a local hotel was another joy. This new full day was a different experience in patience. We needed to exchange our money and purchase a new chain saw for the sawmill project. The time planned for souvenir shopping was eliminated by the cultural dance surrounding the sale.

The road trip to the Southwest (near Butagota) took 9 1/2 hours in a Safari vehicle with our Ministry friend, Caleb, and a driver. The driver was “very confident.” We moved aggressively in challenging Kampala traffic and with great speed along open road settings. Most Ugandans walk from place to place or use public transportation. Fellow pilgrims included city people, individuals, and families on “boda-bodas” (motorcycles), farmers in trucks, on bicycles, and on foot carrying goods to market, children on their way to and from school. All seemed much less concerned by our speed even after dark when I grabbed Wayne’s hand for fear we’d hit a person, boda-boda, or vehicle. Fr. Charles Busingye and his wife, Alice, welcomed us to their home for a home-cooked dinner before our final leg to the Kayonza Tea Factory Guest House located just 2 kilometers from Epiphany School. I was delighted to see Stephen after a five year absence. He is again responsible for our well-being during our stay in this home away from home.

Thanks be to God for our safe arrival!

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(Photos: Kampala traffic; Safari vehicle; Tea Guest House)