Here is an update from Stacy Muir about her first week in Uganda:
Hey everyone! I am having an amazing time so far, I can’t believe we have been here for over a week – the time has flown in! This week two of the girls (Rachel and Liz ) have gone to work in the clinic, while Steph, Emily, and I have stayed at home visiting the villages and doing prep work for our school outreach. As a team we have an ongoing joke where Rachel and Liz are the men, bringing home the bacon, and Steph and I are the wives, doing all the household tasks!
The first day we went out to a village called Atedewoi. It was amazing. I will never forget that day. The men were outside the village sitting under a tree, while all the woman were inside building a roof for their house. The kids wanted to sing to us, so they gave us seats and sat down in front of us and sang many songs. It was incredible – they are so good at singing and were so happy. That was the first time when I realised, “Wow, I’m in Uganda!” I knew then that this is where God has called me to be and all my fears and anxieties disappeared, for which I’m so thankful.
The missionaries are wonderful; it’s like a close knit family, and reminds me of our church back home. Things are totally different over here. It’s amazing that schools are so willing to allow us to come in and teach Bible stories, and lots of people are open to hear about God. The only problem is the language barrier; we are all struggling with this as it’s really hard to communicate with people and have a proper conversation.
This week Steph, Emily, and I have also prepared for the school programme which will start this Tuesday. We will be teaching the kids about the ocean as most of them don’t have a clue what it is! Tying in with this theme, we will be teaching Creation and the Fall, Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the whale, the woman at the well, and Jesus catches fish. Please pray for Steph and me as we prepare both of these lessons each day, and that we will be clear so the translators will understand. Also pray that the kids and teachers will hear God’s Word and learn from it. I’m really looking forward to this upcoming week spending time in the schools.
This week I have also learned so much about Karamojo and their culture. Witchcraft is a major problem. The other night the women were out dancing and singing to the “rain gods”. Please pray that they will see that these gods don’t exist, and it’s only the true God which provides for us. Please pray for the ministers as they try to handle and seek wisdom on the subject of polygamy. This is very big in this culture, and they are trying to teach from the Bible that marriage is one man and one woman, but it’s a hard subject to tackle.
I have seen no snakes yet! (Hopefully, I will) I’ve only seen some toads, butterflies, crickets, weird caterpillars, geckoes, and spiders. Thank you for all your prayers, we really appreciate them. I’m so thankful to God that I have a family back home supporting me, it’s such an encouragement. Hope everything is well, and I’ll be praying for you all too.