Stacy in Uganda – Update 3

This week was another fast week.  Liz, Emily, Justin, George, myself, Martha, and her two daughters were teaching at the second primary school.  This school was somewhat different than last week’s school.  There were more pupils and certainly more teachers around, though this doesn’t make much difference, as when the white people come they don’t do anything to help, they just sit around.  This week the school felt more like a school, we weren’t just hanging out beside a tree but in classrooms.  As there were more pupils we decided to split into two groups: the younger kids, primary one to three, and the older class, primary four through seven.  We taught the same stories as last week – the ocean and water-related Bible stories.  One class would be taught the Bible story while the other class was learning about the ocean.  We soon discovered that most of these children hadn’t heard anything from the Bible; they didn’t know common stories such as Noah and Jonah.  I am so thankful to God for allowing us this opportunity to share His Word with them.  The last day I was teaching the story about the woman and the well and about the living water.  While I was teaching I just felt so overwhelmed that most of these kids are going to Hell, and they need to hear this message.  Please pray for these kids.  Pray that God will have planted seeds in their hearts, and that they will grow!  As it was our last day, we decided to show them a video of the blue planet, as a special treat.  It was so funny to see their eyes popping out of their head watching a killer whale toss a sea lion about, seeing all these different fish swimming, and the fact that they have never seen a movie in their life also.  So different from what it is like back home.  We also did some singing and our memory verse and then game time at the end.  I taught the older kids net ball; it was so fun!  I even brought out my whistle!  By the end of the week I ended up learning how to dance like a Karamojan!  The kids were killing themselves laughing at me.  I had to copy what they were doing, and this little boy called Nero was showing me all different kinds of moves; he was the coolest kid ever!  I am suffering from my dancing moves now, my calf muscles are killing me.

We have done a variety of different things in the afternoon, hanging out with the missionary kids playing ‘see how many times we can shoot the tree with a bow and arrow’ or ‘who can throw the arrow the furthest’. Liz, Justin, Josh, and I were practising when a guard came over and tried to show us how it was done.  He was laughing at Liz’s attempt, but eventually she got there.

I’m not sure what this week entails, we have a lot of things to do in such a short space of time, and we are trying to squeeze one last meal with people before we head home.  At the end of the week we will be going to Sipi to hike and going to the church in Nbale before we head home.

I have had an excellent week, and I am so sad that the schools programmes are all over with.  I had such a great time teaching and just spending time with lots of children; they are all just amazing.  It’s scary to think that I am only here for another full week, and then I’m home.  It will be sad to say goodbye to the missionaries here as I feel just at home, to say goodbye to the friends that we have made, and especially to my team.  We all have got to know each other really well, and it’s such a blessing to have such a close-knit team to share all these wonderful experiences with.

I can’t wait to come home and tell you all about my trip and show you pictures and videos.

Love,
Stacy x

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