Yesterday (Saturday) we drove 2 hours on dirt roads, at times bumpy with deep ruts. It is rural life in that region - grass hut or simple brick with tin roof homes, outhouses, cooking over outdoor open coal fires. People grow what they eat - produce, chickens, goats, turkeys. It is a hard, slower, peaceful life. And the worship is wonderful - traditional joyous African singing with instruments made of hollowed out trees and gourds with strings made of cotton threads and shakers of gourds with beans inside.
Training went well, about 70 packed into a simple one-room church with brick walls and a dirt floor. Men, women (all in traditional, colorful African dress) and waves of children all seated inside the space. One man asked, "Why do your families in the US not have many children? Can the men not produce?" Many in the rural areas may have 6, or 10 or more. One man told me his sister had 14 children. Many of those children have not seen a "mazoongo" - a white man. Some started crying as I approached. But once I took their photo with my cell phone and show them, they smile and laugh loudly and point at themselves in the photo.
There are many ways to "live life." Modern is not always better.
Today (Sunday) will be a long day. I preach at the main church (Impact Ministries in Mbale), then 6 hour drive to the Entebbe hotel (pray for safe travel driving). My flight Monday morning departs at 4:20am, connecting through Nairobi, Kenya, then four hours flying to Accra, Ghana.
Posted on Sun, April 2, 2017
by Amy Henderson